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Old 11-10-2007, 05:45 AM
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Help with Hair removal

Hi all, thanks for all of you who helped me out with my last thread on tonality, I'm still working on that one. This one is asking for a bit of direction with removal of facial hair.

I shot this image as a favour for a friend, she's a makeup artist and would like some beauty images in her book. My problem is that I can't remove the fine hair on her forehead without it looking terrible.

The picture is about 1/4 done, so I know there is still loads that is wrong with it. I've removed hair on her top lip by blurring a copy of the area and then adding skin texture with a new layer comprising of a selection from her cheek, running a high pass filter, then overlay mode.... thanks to godmother's vid for that one!
The problem is that it isn't working on her forehead, and I don't like the loss of texture on her lip, in the area I have done. dodge and burn techniques aren't working due to the different tones.

Could anyone provide some advice/guidance on what to do? I'm not asking people to do it for me, just throw some ideas in my direction, on how to achieve a really professional result.

also, if you've got any ideas on how to fix the skintones! they look a bit horrible at the moment.

Thanks, Bohngy
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:02 AM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

Is that the full sized image? What does the original look like?
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:38 AM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

if it's very minor, sometimes you can cheat with a little, carefully done, dust & scratches, followed by a little noise and additional D&B for cleanup. if not, i usually just make a curve that really hits the highlights and darkens them in to match the midtones, and just paint in each hair.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:37 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

it's been resized for the web, and cropped a little, how come edgework?
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Old 11-10-2007, 02:07 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

Bohngy, this technique should work well on your image:
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=213Regards, Murray
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:01 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

Hi there

Added a texture layer grouped with a masked snapshot of median filter layer

Butch
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:36 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

Copied a section from the right side of her forehead, flipped horizontally, moved it over-top of the hair and lowered the opacity to suit; healing brush tool to blend in the blemishes; painted with a low opacity soft brush on a blank layer in Overlay mode using the skin color from the right side of her face for the skin tone; enhanced her eyes using masked duplicate layers in color burn and color dodge modes, sharpened.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:46 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

I wouldn't remove the hair at all. I might darken it down slightly though.

Chris
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:54 PM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

Butch, that's a nice job. Your method sounds very similar to mine.

I duplicated the original and used surface blur to remove the hair. Duplicated the original again and used the pattern maker from a sample of her own skin, highpass, and slight blur to create a layer with the new texture. Combined the new texture layer with the blurred skin layer using linear light and put both of them into a group that is selectively masked.

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:40 AM
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Re: Help with Hair removal

do you realy want her to look like a plasic barbie doll? Sometimes if you cant get a realistic version, leaving it alone is best. I agree with cris, darkening the strands is a nice idea. So here is an example of a very light hair removal. I still think the original photo is nice by its self. But as you can see i did other things to the photo like soften the lace, ect. I used neat image to even the skin, (as a layer painted in) and cleaned up the rest with just burn tool and color corected areas.
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