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Old 09-01-2008, 06:29 PM
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cleaning up curly stray hair?

do any of you have special techniques to clean up hair in portraits?
curly hair just seems like such a task!!!!!
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:39 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

So is the rest of retouching.
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:57 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

agree'd with that....
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:29 AM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

cut them off...if it was only that easy. depending on the photo and background, just clone them out and make the edges look natural.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:46 AM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

Might help if you post an image so we can evaluate.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:41 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

hi swampy, its no image in particular.... its is just the overall thought of going over each hair...when you have like 20 images to go through! but thanks for being helpfull!

I was just wondering how the looks are achieved in the hi end side of retouching!
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:44 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

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I was just wondering how the looks are achieved in the hi end side of retouching!
One hair at a time!
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:48 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

The defacto tutorial on masking hair is Russell Brown's video tutorial.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:44 PM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

Great tutorial Swampy! I've been searching for something like this... Thanks!!!!
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:58 AM
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Re: cleaning up curly stray hair?

The quickest way I have found to clean up stray hairs easily is the dust and scratches filter. 2 disclaimers - 1) obviously I wouldn't use this for anything high-end, just for when a lot of bulk work needs done quickly and 2) it works much better on individual stray hairs than "frizzies" with lots of hairs together

The exact technique I use:
1) stamp everything upward and turn it into a smart object in case I need to change the settings later
2) run dust and scratches. Bring the radius up until the hair disappears, then one level more. Bring threshold up until the hair reappears, then drop back 2 levels.
3) Change the layer mode to lighten or darken depending on the hair and background (this is the key to the technique, because it helps hold the background texture.)
4) mask all, then paint the stray hairs
5) adjust the dust and scratches settings if neccessary
6) if needed, copy the layer, change the mode to the other lighten/darken, re-mask all, and paint over the remaining hairs. Usually at this point I change the filter settings somewhat, so as to not totally lose background texture
7) if needed, stamp up again, then use clone and patch to clean up any final issues
7) if file size is a concern, rasterize the filter layers and apply the masks (or delete the layers entirely if you stamped up and really don't think you will need them again.)

Again, very quick and dirty - not what the high-end retouchers would use at all - but nice for those of us who have to do bulk work.

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