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Old 03-18-2009, 09:07 AM
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Re: [Help] Masking Hair!

Originally Posted by jvr View Post
igot2pman thank you. I'll try with the threshold.

ray12 where did you get the set of hair brushes? I've got the Wacom tablet, but never used it to recreate hair.
The "Hair Cutout Repair Brushes" are from a cutting technique we use here in NYC using models lit in a controled studio setup. This helps us to get perfect hair to work with.

We needed some hair repair tools to correct the edges of hair cutouts that looked damaged and frayed and smudged. This is especially so when the model is against a complex background. To help solve that problem we created high resolution shots of hair in the studio... so each strand would cut out perfectly... with no halo or fringing...then made up sets of standard Photoshop brushes from that. It takes quite a while to get the masking just right (we use masks and the defringe command alot)

To repair a section of damaged cutout hair just pick the edging you need...stamp it on a new layer...warp it into place...and then color it to match. It covers over the bad places and makes them look natural again.

Its a real life saver for us when our cutout is important... but Phooshop just refuses cut out the hair cleanly. Most of the photoshop methods are somewhat OK for the easy hair...but 60% of the time you end up dissatisfied with the end results it seemed. The brushes are neutral to begin with... so they allow clean edge detail over any kind or color of background.

Below is an image of what the high-res brushes look like on my retouching desktop... just to give you an idea of what they look like.
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:09 PM
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Re: [Help] Masking Hair!

StormFX, jvr,

thank you so much for your kind words!!!


thank you for letting me use your picture!


great set of brushes!! As you say, an absolute life saver for more complex background or for high precision work!!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:58 PM
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Re: [Help] Masking Hair!


I see in your brushes palette that there are a few "entire" haircuts. Do you think is it possible to make a brush with the haircut of the image I posted on this thread?
What would be the steps to convert this haircut in a brush?
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