Refine Edges in Photoshop


Complex Selections: Furry, Fuzzy, and Hairy


Lesson Info

Refine Edges in Photoshop

So now, let's deal with the hair we need to start off with initial selection, because photoshopped has absolutely no idea what this is a picture of, and it doesn't know what part of the image we would want to keep, and so we need to tell it by making a selection that's why we started this way, then in order to refine it, we're going to go to the select menu in choose refine edge with default settings. It wouldn't show you a red overlay like this. I've used this before, and so it's remembering the sightings that I used, let me change it to what the default would be that would be on white. So when you first get in here, it will usually show you this as if you copy this object using the selection you had, and you just pasted on a white background, you get some sense for how good the edges at the top. You can change what kind of preview you have if you want to view it as marching ants as a red overlay that looks similar to quick mask mode on black white, the choice called black and white m...

eans show the mask if you were to use this as a layer mask and you view the mask that's what it would look like. If you choose on layers and I had a layer that was underneath this picture so I have more than one layer in this document the checkerboard will be filled in with whatever's underneath but I'll use just on white for now the actual setting use here is up to you it doesn't matter it's more what's convenient and now let's figure out how we can fix the areas that are furry, fuzzy or harry in the refined edge dialogue remember I got to it under the select menu just select refined edge there's a tool over here and you notice the tools already turned on I didn't click on it it's automatically turn on for you that's what we're going to be using in with that tool just move your mouse on top your picture and you have a brush and what you want to do is paint wherever you can see hints of the old background showing up usually it's going to be where the hair is like on the tail I think I see a chunk of the old background stuck to the tail so what I would do is paint over that area and that's where I'm going to give photoshopped control over what happens on ly in that spot and when I let go it's going to try to re calculate that do better job so let's see what happens it tried doesn't mean it's always the best job but we'll see now look for any other areas where I think I still see hints of the old background I think I see a little hint right up here there's like an opening and they the hair where you could see some it's all paint there clean it up a little bit and I might see little hints of the old background showing up in between some of these I don't know for sure but case they do all paint to get it to try to clean those up so anywhere else if you see any of the old background you wanted to get rid of you wanted paint at this point I see it's the edge detection using the brush it's already on the edge detection the box were using the brush to yeah authority on but it's says zero zero pixel so well it's automatic this has nothing to do with that for the most part okay it's not that it has nothing to do with it this is generic this would be if I brought up the setting called radius it would be a sin if I used this brush and I had the size of the brush set to this radius and I painted all the way around the edge of the object he would do it for me bringing this up is the same as using this brush in painting around the entirety of the object using a brush of this size, whereas I'm trying to do it manually where I tell it only where it needs it. This would be used if you had something that was consistently fuzzy all the way around. You have a picture of poodle poodles got the same kind of fuzziness just about everywhere, except for maybe the bottom where the feet are. But otherwise the hair is about the same everywhere with this one, the hair's more isolated only in the main and only in the tail, and we don't have any really harry stuff in middle, so I don't want to paint in the middle, and therefore I don't want to use this generic radius setting. So the fact that this icon is near here, they are somewhat related in that this means manually put it in in this means pain all the way around for you, but the two could be used together or you can leave this zero. The fact that this is the zero means that it's not automatically painting anywhere, it's only where I paint manually, but you'll see more of that when we get on the other pictures.

Class Description

Complex textures can be a challenge for image editors – but they don’t need to be. Join Ben Willmore for a guide to working with furry, fuzzy, and hairy textures in Photoshop.

You’ll learn how to isolate complex objects from their backgrounds and tackle hair, fur, and other difficult image textures. You’ll also explore ways to refine your work to get professional-quality, sophisticated images every time.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



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