Use Photoshop's Select and Mask To Extract Hair in Seconds

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you the best ways to use select and mask in Photoshop. Using select and mask can be tricky, to select hair, but this tutorial will show you how to do it in seconds.

In the video, Esparza starts by showing us the various ways we can find the select and mask tool. The traditional way would be to go to the select option in the top bar and then down to select and mask. A quicker way would be to press CTRL, ALT, and R. But there are also another three ways to get to it. Like everything else in Photoshop, there are many ways to skin the proverbial cat. We then move into the first of the examples, with Esparza showing us how the select and mask controls, and which each brush does.

As the video continues, Esparza uses the refine edge brush on some animal fur, this gives us a chance to see the brush in action and how easy it can be to select the hair from the background. Once selected you can then do your global adjustments in the control panel on the right. As always with Photoshop, not everything is straight forward so it all depends on what image you want to select hair from, and how it was shot. There is always a way to extract hair, but you need to work out the best one per image.

This tutorial is great for beginner photo-manipulators who are struggling to extract hair in Photoshop. Select and mask will mostly do a good job, but you will need to refine manually a little.

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Clinton Lofthouse is an Advertising/Entertainment photographer, creative artworker and Photoshop expert from the U.K. Specializing in composite and photomanipulation imagery.
When he is not chained to his desktop PC editing, Clinton likes to put on Synthwave music, wear Aviator sunglasses and pretend to be in an 80s movie.

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