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Old 06-15-2009, 02:55 PM
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Hair masking?

I can't seem to find any good tutorials on how to mask curly hair. Someone help please?
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:23 PM
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Re: Hair masking?

There's one here: I seem to recall one that used a woman in a feathered hat in the example photo that was slightly easier to follow than this. But I can't seem to recall where I saw that.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:02 AM
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Re: Hair masking?

Vertus fluid mask.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:58 PM
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Re: Hair masking?

I teach a course on perfect hair cutting techniques for photographers and emphasize how important it is to get the camera capture correct if you want a perfect hair fine cutout. The current standard of a green/blue screen is being more reserved for video now and many are using a light gray battleship gray as the background. The green screens create too much contamination because photographers usually over light the background. The background has to be smooth and texture free to be able to get perfect hair strand accurate cutouts. Shots in real life that are not shot with cutting in mind are much harder to separate and the cutouts are often blotchy. We often use "hair repair brushes" that are perfect images of hair edges to be stamped on the image and color blended to cover over areas that are blotchy in the extraction.

We find that Vertus Fluid Mask is able to give us perfect single hair strand cutouts without any halo or matting issues if we shoot with cutting out in mind first. In real life - sometimes perfect cuts are hard to come by because the background texture gets embedded in the image of the hair itself and the two are inseparable you need to "give a haircut" or clip it out in that spot and repair it later. Fluid Mask is a Photoshop plugin or standalone product that is approx $157-230 USD but if you are into perfection is the closest and best tool we have found to date. Be sure to get their on-line live training because when the background gets confused at the hair gets a little tricky...even for the human eye to see the perfect dividing point...let alone some computer software.

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:02 AM
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Re: Hair masking?

Check your channels. Check your calculations, read Katrin Eismann's masking book.

If all else fails, get a brush and start brushing a mask. Takes time yes, but you get quicker at it with practice.
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