Advanced Hair Masking Using Calculations in Photoshop

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.

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First of all, Go to Image options and select calculations.

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Inside the Calculations dialog box, You’ll discover there are two sources.

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Set the first Source 1 Channel to Red and the Source 2 Channel to Blue.

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Inverting the Blue channel will clearly define the hair from the backdrop.

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Apply blending modes that complements the greatest contrast between background and subject.

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In our case, Subtract blending worked best.

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Now tweak Offset value to make most of hair has been selected.

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Clicking OK will create your Alpha channel.

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Now take Overlay set soft white brush and paint on subject to bring out more highlights.

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Take Overlay set soft black brush to fill in the black background.

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Rename Alpha channel name to “Hair Mask”.

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Now duplicate background layer.

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Load hair mask selection and add layer mask.

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Add any solid color or background to your preference.

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Masking hair completed, But it’s not perfect.

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There is halo edges and fringing, we need to fix it.

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duplicate the layer with layer mask.

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select layer mask and add apply layer mask command.

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then go to layer – matting – remove white matte.

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That’s it.

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You can now make perfect hair selection using calculations easily.

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