Quick tips for reducing, not removing, stray hairs in Photoshop

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:49 AM EDT


Removing stray hairs in post-production can be a cumbersome task, even when you do your best during the shoot to keep your subject’s hair under control.

To help you best manage your time and resources, photographer and CreativeLive contributor Chris Orwig has put together a short video demonstrating the best practices for dealing with an unruly mane.

There are multiple ways to go about editing out the hairs, but the most commonly used method -- and the one Orwig uses in the video -- is the use of Photoshop’s Healing Brush. This tool uses Photoshop’s Content Aware algorithms to intelligently remove unwanted parts of an image, such as a stray hair.

The key, as Orwig points out, isn’t always to remove every hair. Instead, he suggests removing only the most distracting ones -- reduction, rather than removal. Through the careful culling of unwanted hairs, Orwig’s two and a half minute video shows how you can get through an image in a matter of minutes, rather than half an hour.

(via SLR Lounge)