Remove background around hair in Photoshop

This is a follow-up to my related tutorial in GIMP, and my first with Photoshop tutorial here.

Not contented much with the result of my GIMP tutorial, I tried doing it in Photoshop and, I daresay, it’s a lot easier indeed! It’s like magic doing it and I did with so much ease and fun. By the way, I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 here.

Here are the few steps to do:

1. With your Photoshop opened, proceed to File menu>Open… Select the image to be edited in your photo gallery. If you are using CS5, it’s more convenient to let the Mini Bridge open at start-up. This will minimize time and easier to select which photo or image you want to edit just by doing the ‘drag and drop’ method.

2. Pick the Quick Selection tool (Free Selection tool in GIMP)>click over to the image on screen and drag the dotted selection tool around it. Be sure to make the best selection but don’t bother if you can’t, that will be fixed later.

3. Click Refine Edge>Edge Detection. Adjust the radius to the right, about 30%, more or less. You’ll notice that the edges of the image is still rough, of course, so…

4. Still on the Edge Detection dialog, click that small brush icon, left of the radius adjuster, then paint over to the gray areas around the hair. Now, the result is better and almost done.

5. To enhance, adjust the selector under Decontaminate Colors to sharpen and hide gray areas. Don’t adjust too much because it will produce white and “warp effect” on the image. You can also adjust the Shift Edge to middle. Okay, we’re done with the image. Now, we’ll proceed to paste it on the selected background.

6. Put the selected background image on screen. Resize it accordingly with your first, if needed.

7. In your layer dialog, click the arrow icon below to move the ‘Background Layer’ (new layer) below your first image layer (background layer).

And that’s it!

10 responses to “Remove background around hair in Photoshop

  1. Nice! Better than that done in GIMP. The grayish parts around the hair can be treated from the Quick Selection tool and right amount of adjustments in the Edge Refinements.

  2. i am still new in photoshop.. can you make it more detailed, ,aybe an accompanying image where i can locate the tools and menus you mentioned.. that would be of great help to me. thanks a lot.

  3. Awesome job on this. I’ve been using Photoshop for ten years, and never once removed background through loose hairs this way. Love it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s