The Digital Photo Guy

Hair Brushes and ReMask2 – Video Tutorial

by on Dec.13, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

Video Monday Morning Tip – 12/14/09

This week is a continuation of last week’s VMMT on Topaz Lab’s ReMask2 masking plug-in. However, in my enthusiasm, I skipped a few intervening steps so it’s a bit like Star Wars where later episodes were aired first, followed by earlier episodes. To quote Jean-Luc Godard, “A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” This VMMT shows how to use brushes to touch up a mask where fine, fly-away hair is too complex to mask. As usual, the Video MMT is in the Tips & News area. Registered users can use the password they received when they registered. To register, use the form to the right.

Hair (before)Hair (after)

The above photo on the left is the original. You can see how the hairs are too fine to be easily selected. The photo on the right shows the final result after touch up with hair brushes.

There are some resources mentioned in today’s VMMT but Adobe swf format doesn’t support hot links so they’re listed here. The Russel Brown Show can be found here. Click on Tips & Techniques and search for “hair”. You’ll find David Nagel’s Hair Brush set there. The brushes are in a file with the extension abr. Place the file into your Photoshop or Photoshop Elements brush folder and load the brushes from the brush drop down menu flyout.

If you want more brushes, here’s a link to almost 70 links with more brushes than you can shake a brush at including over 700 by David Nagel. Many brushes are lame but, as the saying goes, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs…”

Topaz Labs Discount Code

Don’t forget the discount code “digitalphotoguy” at Topaz for a 15% off their already ridiculously low prices. And, for anyone who’s wondering, no, I don’t get a nickel for anything you buy at Topaz Labs. I paid for my Topaz Bundle at Photoshop World just like everyone else.

FREE Webinar

Based on the popularity of Rob Sheppard’s webinar in November, I’ve upgraded my webinar system to handle more attendees. However, being an engineer, I know to fully stress test the system before I register students.

To stress test the system, I’m offering a FREE 1 Hour Photoshop Elements webinar for the first 50 people who register. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 6PM to 7PM Pacific Time (7-8 MST, 8-9CST, 9-10EST, 4-5HST).

To register, just send me an e-mail with “FREE webinar” in the subject and I’ll put you on the invitation list. To be perfectly clear, this test won’t do any good unless we get, at least, 30 registrations. People who own headsets with mics are welcome to join the audio portion. All others will hear me through the speakers and interact via Text Chat.

Please spread the word among your friends and family. If you belong to photography or Photoshop forums, feel free to post this notice there.

Upcoming Workshops

The Wild Animal Park Hands-On Photoshoot was rained out yesterday so it’s now scheduled for next Saturday, January 19 from 9AM to 1PM. This is yur last chance to get your dSLR under control before all those holiday photo ops. Click this link to register.

The next Photoshop Elements webinar starts January 13 and goes for 6 weeks. It’s just 1 hour per week in the evening so you have no excuses for not taking the PSE class you’ve been wanting. Click here to register.

The Spring 2010 Palomar College classes Digital SLR for New dSLR Owners and Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers are now posted. These are shorter versions of my full classes and perfect for busy people who don’t have more than a few hours for classes.

New Front Page Coming in January

I hope to have a new static front page in January. That will make it easier for readers to find old articles and information. From the front page, there will be links to different parts of the site. In less than a year, this site has gotten too large to easily find information. I hope the new design will fix that problem.

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