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Hi guys, im trying to cut out an image with hair and its proving to be very difficult and annoying. Im trying to use the refine edge tool but when i do it doesnt go as to plan. I have watched tutorilas on it and when they brush over the hair it just works, but when i do it the hair fades out a bit with the background.

Any pointers anyone can give me as to accomplish my "mission"?...Its proving to be one. I would highly appreciate it smile.gif.
Edited by 8564dan - 10/8/11 at 11:01am
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Cutting out people with hair is super annoying. My suggestion to you is to do it 100% manually. with the eraser tool. It will come out A LOT better, than using any of the photoshop tools. If you do the shift+click method and take your time, it will turn out very good!

What I normally do is i put a very vibrant color that is not in the photo, usually pink in the background. because it will really contrast the photo and you can see if you made any mistakes. Also, zoom in enough, but not too much. I know it sounds goofy but if you zoom in too far you will not know where you are in the picture and might accidentally cut something out you didn't want to.

Oh yeah and dont worry about strangly hairs, use your best judgement and only keep some hair not all.

Hope this helps!

EDIT: here are some other ways too!
I have tried some other ways, but i still feel like the eraser works the best
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Many thanks. I think a mask is better to use than the eraser tool IMO as its non destructive. I guess i will use patience and a brush then lol.
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Originally Posted by 8564dan;15233803 
Many thanks. I think a mask is better to use than the eraser tool IMO as its non destructive. I guess i will use patience and a brush then lol.

Yea, layer masks are great, you can always just go back and "paint" the area. The best is to do that and take your time.
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There is actually an easy way. Do a rough outline of the hair manually, then under refine edge, use the smart radius tool, and adjust it to right around where you think it looks best. I have used this technique numerous times and is always works great. There are probably some tutorials for this too.

Note: Also, don't be afraid to play around with the smoothing and contrast options.
    
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Originally Posted by snelan;15234124 
There is actually an easy way. Do a rough outline of the hair manually, then under refine edge, use the smart radius tool, and adjust it to right around where you think it looks best. I have used this technique numerous times and is always works great. There are probably some tutorials for this too.

Note: Also, don't be afraid to play around with the smoothing and contrast options.

Thanks for the input however thats the tool i am having issues with as stated in OP.
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Thanks for the input however thats the tool i am having issues with as stated in OP.

Oh, yea I didn't know if you were using smart radius or not, I guess it's back to the hard way then biggrin.gif
    
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Oh, yea I didn't know if you were using smart radius or not, I guess it's back to the hard way then biggrin.gif

Lol, yeah i did try using smart radius.
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post it and let us have a go at it smile.gif
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Make sure you have the "Decontaminate Colors" option checked.
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