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Draw Hair in Photoshop

Lesson 37 from: Powerful Portraits using Mirrorless Cameras

Miguel Quiles

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37. Draw Hair in Photoshop


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Draw Hair in Photoshop

Alright so we went ahead and let's back out of the image here let's take a look at it and see. So I can already tell this eyebrow area there's some stuff that is not similar to the texture that's nearby so we're gonna go ahead and work on that. Very good. Same thing here. This area with the hair is kinda tricky. So you have to be really careful as you work on these hairs I will show you guys something here that's kinda cool. Let me finish this area 'cause this is something that I do to a lot of my images. I wasn't planning on showing you guys this but you guys are cool, so I'm gonna do it, we're gonna go there. Alright so I feel like that's cleaner, let's see before and after, that looks good. When you're doing a beauty image this might be a scenario where you have her eyebrows are actually really good but sometimes you'll photograph people and they have very thin eyebrows in this area. So what you could do is you could actually draw hair to fill it in. I do this semi often. We'll go e...

yebrows, clear brand new layer. We'll go to our brush tool and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make this brush really thin, and really small, about the size of a little hair here. I'm gonna choose my color and what I'm gonna do is if I hold down let's see on a Mac we're gonna hold down Option and it gives you this little eye dropper tool and I'm gonna select the color of the hair. All I gotta do is just tap so I hold down option, select the color and it's basically picking if I look here this is the color of those hairs. It samples that specific color. Then what we're gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna make sure that my brush is set to 100 and 100 to begin with and I'm basically gonna start drawing hair. Now as soon as I draw that I look at it and I say, well, it's a little lighter than what I would like so I'm gonna go backwards and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna double click on this and I see that it's here, this is what it thinks is the right color. But I'm actually gonna go ahead and dip it down a little bit into the darker area and hit okay. We'll go ahead and look at it again now it's a little bit closer to what it is there and it might be kind of obvious to you like oh you drew that but check this out. So again having the tablet really helps in this process. You're basically doing what these hairs would normally do which is to draw them in a very random pattern. You don't want them to be like super mega long 'cause that's not how that's not how these hairs actually operate. Come in a little closer. Basically all these little areas here that the hairs are a little bit thin I'll basically draw these in. And we're not done yet, I know you're looking at them like, "Miguel, I can see all the ones that you drew." So we'll back out of this here a little bit. So you can tell that when you back out of the image, and here's the before and here's the after, it's very hard for you to tell that you actually drew in those hairs and if you need to you can go into the opacity slider if it's too obvious that it's really dark, and you can lower the opacity. We'll do before and after and you'll notice that you can kind of thicken that area without having to give away your secrets here. So just like that and you don't wanna go too crazy 'cause then you'll start to notice that they're not real. But this is something that happens quite a bit in beauty ads. You can kinda play around with the opacity and flow here as well. She actually, she's got great great eyebrows. She's not the best example to to do this. Here's before and after. So little tiny things like that will add up to really sell this whole beauty image once it's all said and done.

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a Creativelive Student

I want to commend you for hosting Miguel Quiles. He is beyond competent and knowledgeable. Light is Light, but It is encouraging to see incredible minority photographers on your platform and to see diversity in the presenters. It is inspirational for minorities to see themselves on the center stage. I sincerely thank you for that. I am buying this course although I am not a mirrorless shooter because of my support of Miguel and the quality of his instruction of which benefits all photographers. He is a great addition to the Creative Live Family of Presenters that I have supported as well. Kudos Creative Live!

Danae Khan Jones

Wow! As a Newb and someone looking to get into portrait/studio photography, this course was perfect and comprehensive. SO MUCH GOOD CONTENT. Miguel is so approachable about questions, positive, and thorough in his explanations. This course broke down the gear and technical side very well. I recommend going to a class live. It was a great experience with food and beautiful facilities. The facility has a positive vibe and really encouraged me to be creative. Thank you for the experience and knowledge!


WOW!!! I LOVED THIS CLASS!!! I learned so much. He made lighting soooo simple, I finally understood. I liked the way he explained the why of his camera settings and how to overcome ambient light. he explained and made everything simple!!! I liked the way he talked about connecting with your clients. I am so happy I purchased this class. I finally understood lighting What a great teacher!! Thank you!!

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