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Old 07-16-2008, 11:11 PM
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HiHi... I'm currently working on a project where I have to create a fuller, longer head of hair...then change the overall color. I'd like to know if there is a better way of going about doing this!

I have been using the lasso tool and selecting chunks of hair--copying them onto new layers and running a slight twirl filter on them. I also apply layer mask to the individual selections to help blend the new pieces of hair in. I then add a gaussian blur to the layer mask itself to help blend even more.

How can I add realistic pieces of hair around the edges without it looking fake?

Is there anything better/easier?

-Brooke
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:09 AM
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Re: How to add hair...

Hi Brooke, I've had the exact same problem and used the same technique (except for gaus blur to layer mask)! On a new layer, I tried painting in hair strands around the edges with a 1-3 px hard, round brush... It still looked fake to me. Maybe there's some kind of blending mode for the painted strands layer.

I've often spotted retouched hair edges in fashion mags, so I don't feel so bad!

I would love to try a new technique... Hopefully someone can give us a bit of advice!
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:45 AM
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Re: How to add hair...

your smudge tool is your friend here..:+]
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:58 PM
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Re: How to add hair...

Use the Clone Stamp on the transition area between two pieces of hair chunks.

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Old 07-17-2008, 07:05 PM
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Re: How to add hair...

Bert Monroy method (here)
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:50 PM
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thanks so much for the video seem's helpful! i will have to try out that technique and see how it looks... -Brooke
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:15 AM
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Re: How to add hair...

Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:21 PM
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Re: How to add hair...

Don't give up on it.. once you get the settings right you can make really realistic hairs.. I do it all the time now with that technique (the Smudge tool)
Make sure you have it where is fades out the point (end) of he stroke. That makes it look more like hairs.
Also doing lighten and darken modes has it's use also...:+}
I know a guy that does not worry about masking all those hairs. He just cuts them and makes his own with the same technique..
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:23 PM
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Re: How to add hair...

Ciao Snook,

More info on the smudge tool technique would be greatly appreciated

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:42 PM
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Re: How to add hair...

Many professionals have other photographs of hair from the model they are retouching, or photographs of similar hair they dragged into the photo.

It's not plastic surgery where you must take the part directly from the subject you are working on.
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