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masking blonde hair

Mar 15, 2011, 21:58
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masking blonde hair
Ive been looking through various tutorials on how to create a mask that leaves the detail of the hair of the subject in

It seems all the tutorials I have looked at choose a subject with jet black hair, invert it, and hey presto, job done

Unfortunately, all my kids have got fair hair, and no matter what I try, find it almost indistinguishable from the background

Can anyone point me in the direction of a tutorial on how to do this or tell me how, cos im losing my mind trying to paint strands of hair in and having the result look like Ive cut the image out of a magazine with a pair of left handed scissors (im right handed!)

Thanks in advance
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Mar 15, 2011, 22:00
Post: #2
RE: masking blonde hair
Can you post up an image of someone with hair like your kids, or your kids if you don't mind.
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Mar 15, 2011, 22:06
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RE: masking blonde hair
(Mar 15, 2011 21:58)sickie Wrote:  Ive been looking through various tutorials on how to create a mask that leaves the detail of the hair of the subject in

It seems all the tutorials I have looked at choose a subject with jet black hair, invert it, and hey presto, job done

Unfortunately, all my kids have got fair hair, and no matter what I try, find it almost indistinguishable from the background

Can anyone point me in the direction of a tutorial on how to do this or tell me how, cos im losing my mind trying to paint strands of hair in and having the result look like Ive cut the image out of a magazine with a pair of left handed scissors (im right handed!)

Thanks in advance
If your goal is to change the hair color and keeping the detail, using a brush in hue or color mode can be enough...

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Mar 15, 2011, 22:18
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RE: masking blonde hair
my aim is to get rid of the duff background

should i try changing the hair colour to black, then follow the tutorials on masking, or is there a better way?
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Mar 15, 2011, 22:26
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RE: masking blonde hair
here is the pic...


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Mar 15, 2011, 22:28
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RE: masking blonde hair
and you want to removed the Background? So as in Render your son? Sorry this is kinda odd... just helps to know what kinda background you want gone? If I understand right that is what you mean
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Mar 15, 2011, 23:02
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RE: masking blonde hair
(Mar 15, 2011 22:26)sickie Wrote:  here is the pic...
I gave it a shot. The foreground extraction tool will do a lot of the work. Once it's about correct, use the quickmask mode and use white and black fuzzy circle brush to correct the selection. For the hair use the airbrush on the border and on loose hairs to achieve partial selection.

And next time close the door behind the kid :-)

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Mar 15, 2011, 23:19
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RE: masking blonde hair
(Mar 15, 2011 23:02)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Mar 15, 2011 22:26)sickie Wrote:  here is the pic...
I gave it a shot. The foreground extraction tool will do a lot of the work. Once it's about correct, use the quickmask mode and use white and black fuzzy circle brush to correct the selection. For the hair use the airbrush on the border and on loose hairs to achieve partial selection.

And next time close the door behind the kid :-)

Any chance you could write this in a step by step procedure like your explaining it to the kid in the picture? Ive only been using Gimp for a couple of days Smile
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Mar 15, 2011, 23:34
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RE: masking blonde hair
Too late for today...google the terms I used (for instance "gimp quickmask") and you should see the lightSmile Otherwise post questions here, and see you tomorrow :-)

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