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Tue, Aug 13, 2019 8:44 AM

Photoshop: Extract fine hairs of a teddy bear

Hello

I need some help, how do I extract the hair/fur on this teddy bear?
I have tried using the extract tool and the levels in Photoshop, but I can't get it to work, because of the light in he hair..
(I have only a CS3 version at work) :-(



Best regards
Mette

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2 y ago

I can't really help you with such an extract in CS3. I assume the now defunct Extract filter is the 'extract tool' you're referring to.

It's really difficult and I think if the Extract filter can't handle it, only using channels to create the mask would be likely to help you preserve the fur. That's not for the faint of heart. What I can do is recommend that you pay for a month at Lynda.com (now LinkedIn), and watch Deke McClelland's tutorials on masking. I believe he has two specifically devoted—one for hair alone, one in general for all the methods  that includes an excellent demonstration of using channels for tricky extractions.

There's nothing simple about masking, especially when you're trying to mask wispy edges and transparency. Newer tools have made a lot of progress, but they're no magic bullet. Learning the ancient method of using Channels and Calculations is probably the surest method for those, but it takes practice, practice, practice to make that at all easy to understand.

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2 y ago

you won't be able to cleanly extract that... especially not with CS3! Your best bet is to create a mask inside the edge and then make a brush which simulates the hairs... from there, you'll need to illustrate the hairs manually.

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2 y ago

Here is my final result.
I used the channels and some other tools to get it to work.