Pin It

Extracting Subjects (Like Hair) In Photoshop, 10 Video Tutorials

Whether you’re trying to create surreal composites and montages or just want to put Justin Bieber’s face on your arch-enemy’s photo, or just turning your son into Spiderman, knocking out subject elements from a background is one of the most frequently asked tutorial on Photoshop.

David Tong Spiderman

Spidey
Copyright, David Tong

Adobe has worked hard to come up with more and more powerful tools to help visual artists do just that with every upgrade of Photoshop, but it’s critical that you learn the fundamentals and the tools available in order to get the best subject isolation results that you seek.

Here are some basic to advanced skills and techniques you have to check out.

Before going further to the Photoshop tutorials. Make your life easier by having high-contrast edges during the shoot. Trying to isolate black hair on a black background or light blonde hair against the Mojave desert is a monumental task that no Photoshop can solve.

Get the image ready for extraction during capture and you can fully and quickly utilize the advanced tools available in Photoshop of clean and accurate extractions with minimal manual labor.

Let’s get started.


 

Russell Brown – Adobe TV Masking Basics

 

 

Nicole Young’s Quick 2-Minute Tip on Masking

 

 

Noyse Work Hair Masking Tutorial

 

 

Refine Edge Masking by PSDVault

 

 

Alpha Mask Hair Extraction (One of my favorite techniques)

 

 

Now let’s get more creative and move onto composite images and montages.

Get Your Free Photoshop Training Trial - Limited Time Only!

Everybody learns better with systematical instructions, and I'm a huge fan of Lynda.com's tutorials when it comes to proper Photoshop (and photography, in general) foundations as they're just one of the best sites out there for learning.

Check out their extremely comprehensive library of photography and Photoshop-related tutorials now and take advantage of the free trial from iPhotoCourse. Click here to get started.

 

Masking for Composites by Michael Herb

 

 

BH Photo Tutorial on Compositing

 

 

Russell Brown’s Advanced Masking

 

 

Yasser Charisma Compositing Tutorial

 

 

Using Lighten for Composites from Lynda.com

 

 

Get Your Free Photoshop Training Trial - Limited Time Only!

Everybody learns better with systematical instructions, and I'm a huge fan of Lynda.com's tutorials when it comes to proper Photoshop (and photography, in general) foundations as they're just one of the best sites out there for learning.

Check out their extremely comprehensive library of photography and Photoshop-related tutorials now and take advantage of the free trial from iPhotoCourse. Click here to get started.

Like This Feature? Enter your email address for more!

Delivered by FeedBurner

Close
Get More Videos via Email

Receive The Latest Video Tutorials Directly To Your Email - It's Free!!