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Anybody know Joel Grimes' hair masking technique?

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Old 09-14-2012, 04:03 AM
ronfya ronfya is offline
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Anybody know Joel Grimes' hair masking technique?

From Joel Grimes website :

"Finally I have put together a tutorial on masking knockouts. There is no question, that the future of photography is going to demand the ability to create greater cutouts than ever before. The greatest challenge in knockouts is working with hair.

A few years ago I work with a program called Fluid Mask and I had mixed results. When CS4 was introduced, I began doing all my knockouts using the refine edge techniques, but still, hair was pretty much impossible. At last, Adobe made great strides with CS5 in their new refine edge and masking technique’s. However, there was still issues with fringing that left unwanted artifacts on the masking selections. After many hours of experimenting, I have come up with some amazing new techniques that I believe take the masking knockout techniques to a whole new level. One of the issues with knocking out hair is that each color creates a different set of problems. One of the ways I got around this, is by creating two masks and applying a color and a levels adjustment layer that allows me to pick the hair color and blend the two masks together.

All this without the use of channels. Did I hear an amen to that! With these new techniques, I can now completely do a knockout with hair in under 10 minutes. That is a huge advancement over my early knockouts which took sometimes up to two hours."
Does anybody have an idea of what he's talking about ?

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:26 PM
mshi mshi is offline
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Re: Anybody know Joel Grimes' hair masking techniq

I guess he was talking about clipping both a Hue/Sat and Levels adjustment layers on the background layer, so that you can make/tweak the selection with Color Range together with Feather/Refine Mask tools, which are on the mask properties tab now.
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