Photoshop: Mastering Selections and Refine Edge
For a long time I’ve held firm to the belief that in my compositing work, the “refine edge” is worthless. Why? Maybe I’m just stuck in my ways but it just never seemed to work as well as I thought it should. However, Glyn Dewis may have convinced me to give it another shot. In this very straightforward tutorial he shows a fairly simple series of techniques to create a precise mask using this tool.
While I do find this method interesting, the most useful bit of the whole video (in my opinion) is at roughly 08:20 when he starts talking about working with fine hairs. It’s definitely clever and whether you use overlay masking, refine edge or some sort of over-priced plugin…that one is something you should pay attention to.