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Old 08-13-2010, 01:42 AM
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Masking hair

I'm sorry yes this is another thread requesting tips on masking hair. I have little experience in beauty retouching and I have been asked to add a blue background onto some portraits taken against a white background. I appreciate this is probabally the easiest masking exercise but I am still failing to get convincing results. I have tried the new refine edge in CS5 but its not completely working for me. It is still picking up areas of white background and also failing to select as much of the finer transitional hairs that I would like. Its about time that I learnt how to do this so if anyone has any expert techniques for this procedure I would be very grateful. Reading previous threads on the subject lends me to think that calculations holds the key as apose to channels and apply image. Please help

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:14 AM
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Re: Masking hair

HI there, Norris, have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWem0...e=more_related
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:37 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Norris, in order to determine a method which is most effective for your type of image, it would be best if you post an example here.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:48 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Hi Murray, I have enclosed a jpeg from the set. This one is probabally the most challenging of the lot as its blonde hair against a white background.

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Old 08-15-2010, 08:03 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Norris, I think a very effective way for this image is to use the Calculations command in PS. In the 1st attachment I used the Blue channel with itself in Linear Burn blend mode. Then used the resulting Alpha channel with itseld in Color Dodge blend. I could also have used the 1st result and painted around the perimeter of the hair with a soft brush set to overlay and filled in the head with black. With calculations there are dozens of combinations you can use that will get you to the same results.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:27 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Another way. Hope it works for youwww.nataliataffarel.com/B&WMSKS.jpg
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:01 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Many thanks. I will try both these techniques and let you know how I get on.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:09 AM
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Re: Masking hair

Amica! Loved the youtube link you posted! That's a technique i can use in the near future! Thank you!
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:16 AM
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Amica! Loved the youtube link you posted! That's a technique i can use in the near future! Thank you!
You are welcome
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:50 AM
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Re: Masking hair

thnx for the tips
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