Hair removal challange

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michelobultra Forum Member • Posts: 78
Hair removal challange

OK, I got everything done in this picture except the horse's tail. I'm having a hard time and thought some of you might be able to help.

Here is a link to the PSD file of this photo:

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=BBEFBE9F9F846DF9%21147

pcm81 Contributing Member • Posts: 835
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michelobultra wrote:

OK, I got everything done in this picture except the horse's tail. I'm having a hard time and thought some of you might be able to help.

Here is a link to the PSD file of this photo:

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=BBEFBE9F9F846DF9%21147

here is my lazy attempt.

used select color range to mask out the tail background overlayed on the sky.

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Steve Bingham
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Gosh, what about the rest of the photo? The black margin really detracts. Try Fluid Mask 3. Easy and quick.

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pcm81 Contributing Member • Posts: 835
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Steve Bingham wrote:

Gosh, what about the rest of the photo? The black margin really detracts. Try Fluid Mask 3. Easy and quick.

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I am a newb so i just did the tail...

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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 7,106
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Just a few suggestions:

- use a fine eraser tool on the remaining background or,

- set a copy of the green channel overtop and use the doge tool to brighten and better define the tail hairs

- with this same channel copy, enter Quick Mask Mode and use a fine black coloured brush to paint over flying hairs, exit QM and same the selection to an alpha channel.

- with the RGB channels now active, invert it and remove the BG with a mask. You can fill it in or add back hair later with a fine brush.

IMHO, the BG did not fit so I borrowed a stock yard from the net, blurred it and set it in behind the rider.

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RayGuselli
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As always...wonderful work....always love your retouches...the best
Best wishes
Ray

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Appreciate your comments Ray. Thanks. nt.
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Ralph Ramirez Veteran Member • Posts: 7,056
That is really well done Gary............nt

Ralph

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Cheers Ralph. Thanks. nt.
Patsy Murphy Senior Member • Posts: 2,959
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Went with the crowd.

Regards Patsym

OP michelobultra Forum Member • Posts: 78
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Patsy Murphy wrote:

Went with the crowd.

Thank you Patsy.  And thanks to everyone else who tried this.  The problem I had with the original was that the background was very distracting.  When looking at the picture, your eye was drawn to the people, tents, buildings in the background and not the main subject, which is the rider and her horse.

I wanted to create a portrait of the rider and her horse with no distracting backgrounds; when someone views the picture, their eye will go directly to the rider and horse, the focal point.

I have posted the before and after.  The after being my attempt at creating this portrait.

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