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Old 11-22-2012, 07:59 AM
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blonde hair on white background?

Hi all!

I have a photo of a girl with very blonde, almost platinum hair against a gray background. The photographer wants to have a white background but so far everything I have tried just ends up looking fake. Any suggestions? I have tried doing an alpha mask but because the hair is so light, it is nearly impossible to get it to look natural against the white background...

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:41 AM
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Re: blonde hair on white background?

If you shot in RAW, it might be a good idea, to open the picture in Camera RAW and pull the temperature slider all the way to the left. Open the image in Photoshop as a Smart Object ([Shift]-click on the "Open" button) and now you should be able to create a good mask from the channels. Afterwards you can revert the temperature back to where it was.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:23 AM
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Re: blonde hair on white background?

Hi Johanna,
Der_W gave you a possible solution but if you don't have a RAW shot, you could try this great hair selection Tutorial.

You didn't post a picture (or at least part of it) so I used a similar image, and you didn't say which software you are using, so I'm assuming you use Photoshop.

My result following the Tutorial


1 = Original
2&3 = selection with contrasting backgrounds
4 = selection with white background

A white background is probably the worst choice for nearly white hair ... but, if the photographer wants it ...

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:35 PM
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Re: blonde hair on white background?

If the photographer wanted a white background, why didn't they shoot with a white background??? Still, gives you a chance to make some money out of their incompetence.
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