In this photoshop editing tutorial, I will show you advanced hair masking and complex objects on single color backgrounds using alpha channels and image calculations.
Advanced Hair Masking Tutorial :
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How to mask hair using calculations in photoshop.
First of all, Go to Image options and select calculations.
Inside the Calculations dialog box, You’ll discover there are two sources.
Set the first Source 1 Channel to Red and the Source 2 Channel to Blue.
Inverting the Blue channel will clearly define the hair from the backdrop.
Apply blending modes that complements the greatest contrast between background and subject.
In our case, Subtract blending worked best.
Now tweak Offset value to make most of hair has been selected.
Clicking OK will create your Alpha channel.
Now take Overlay set soft white brush and paint on subject to bring out more highlights.
Take Overlay set soft black brush to fill in the black background.
Rename Alpha channel name to “Hair Mask”.
Now duplicate background layer.
Load hair mask selection and add layer mask.
Add any solid color or background to your preference.
Masking hair completed, But it’s not perfect.
There is halo edges and fringing, we need to fix it.
duplicate the layer with layer mask.
select layer mask and add apply layer mask command.
then go to layer – matting – remove white matte.
You can now make perfect hair selection using calculations easily.