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Old 08-17-2010, 08:58 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Found you technique very effective Murray in getting a good solid mask. I have struggled a little with refining it in the areas of detailed transition like the whispers of hair at the top. I guess I probabally should be doing something else to the mask after this but its been a huge help. I wasnt aware the black and white adjustment layer could be used in this way so thanks aswell Godmother.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:12 PM
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Re: Masking hair

Norris, the trick is to not use a 100% opacity brush where those fine hairs meet the background. Use either a soft brush (Black or white) with its blend mode set to Overlay and a 10 or 20% opacity OR the Dodge or Burn tool also set to low opacity to brush over the border where the hair meets the background. You will be better off if that interface is not hard black and white but more of a mid gray. When you apply the cut out to your new background it will have the effect of being feathered at the edge. Then you could use a brush in a darken, lighten, or normal mode to paint over that interface so that it blends perfectly into the background. In some cases using Layer > Matting with a Defringe or Remove White / Black will do the trick. And of course you have the newly improved Select > Refine Edge to help blend it into its new background.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:40 PM
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Re: Masking hair

Thats an excellent explanation which all makes perfect sense. Thankyou very much Murray
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:21 PM
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Re: Masking hair

All that being said, I have been running some tests with Fluid Mask and Topaz Remask2 and the new Refined Edge in PSCS5. I am finding the best results with CS5 Refine Edge works best. After practicing with it a little more I prefer the interface and the results. Quick results on your image below.
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