Cutting out Hair using Channels

Today’s the day.  Let’s tackle the last couple of topics.  One of which is cutting out hair using channels.  The point of using channels is to get a good selection getting the most contrast between lights and darks .

Here’s the below image:

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  1. Open image in Photoshop.  Go to Channels panel and determine if Red, Blue or Green channel offer the most contrast between lights and darks.  I’ll use the Blue Channel.
  2. Make a copy of the Blue Channel by dragging it down to the Create new Channel Icon.
  3. Next Command, L on the active Blue Copy for Levels. OK.

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  1. Adjust the lights and darks for a contrasty image.
  2. Turn channel into a selection with Command, Click of thumbnail of blue copy, get marching ants.
  3. Go to Layers and Create Layer Mask.
  4. Image, Adjustments, Invert to invert layer
  5. Option, click Layer mask and paint white on mask for everything you want to see.
  6. Add clipping mask (new layer) set to darken to either paint a sample color of hair on frizzies or clone hair frizzies.

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 10.39.02 AM7.  Last add new background layer.  And clean up your mask where needed.

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