A Simple Trick to Fix Messy Hair in Photoshop


Let’s have a look at the Before and After. Here’s the before, here is the after. Trust me, he won’t be single anymore. Hi there, this is Unmesh from PiXimperfect
and today I’m gonna share with you very simple steps to fix messed up hair in Photoshop,
keeping it clean, keeping it natural and without having to work so hard. So without any further ado, let’s get started. Back in the brilliant world of Photoshop and
if you want go ahead and download this photo and follow along, check the links in the description. Have a look at his hair, it’s so messed up,
right? Now what a lot of people would suggest you
to do is to create a brand new layer at the top and then with the help of the clone stamp
tool or something similar, you would have to take a sample and then remove the hair
one by one. Now, this is an essential technique, but the
problem with that is – number one, it might not look realistic sometimes. And number two, it’s a lot of hard work, right? Now, I’m not saying this is not a useful technique. We will be using this later in this tutorial. However, there’s a better technique that will
keep the natural edge without you having to remove the hair and create an artificial one. Here’s how to do it. It’s actually pretty simple. But before we move on to doing it, let’s understand
one more concept here. So anything beneath this line looks normal,
right? Everything beneath this line looks nice. So this is the normal hairline. So I’m going to draw it right there. But anything above that line is something
which is messed up, and we don’t want that. But anything beneath that line is all right,
we want to keep it. So is there a way to keep all of these area
and remove all of that area and use the edge of this area? How can we do that? Well, again, seems like it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is to choose the Lasso
Tool right there at the top, and then make a huge chunk selection of that particular
area taking excess of both sides. So we’re going to select the background just
a little bit too much and the inside a little bit as well. Now you can take your time to do this in separate
chunks of hair if you want to, but I’m trying to save time right here. All we have to do is to press Ctrl or Command
+ J, and that would put it on a separate layer. And we can actually name this Hair Fill. All right. Now all we have to do is to bring it down
to the normal line. So what was the normal and again? You can guess it or you can draw if you want
to. So I’m going to draw again for you for your
reference. So, up until this point the hair was right,
anything beyond that, the hair was all messed up. So, this is okay. This is the line that we are going for. Now, after this process, the hair might look
a little too pressed in, but don’t worry about that. We’re going to fix that later. All right, so all we have to do is to select
the Hair Fill, press Ctrl or Command + T, you can actually bring it down to this point. A little bit of hair about that is fine. That’s not a problem at all. But you need to just bring it to that normal
point. Okay, now what we have to do is to warp it
to match. So right click on it and then choose Warp. Now, you can actually take this side up to
kind of match it. You can press it if you want to, just like
this. Alright. That looks all right. Once you’re satisfied with it, hit Enter or
Return. Now you can delete this guideline layer that
was just for demonstration. Now with the Hair Fill layer selected, click
on the Mask button. This creates a mask. Now what is the concept of mask? Black hides and white shows up. So right now the mask is completely white. So everything in this layer shows up. As soon as we start painting with black, those
areas of this layer will hide. So take the brush with black is the foreground
color and take a Soft Round Brush, slowly and gradually start painting black from the
bottom inside of the mask. Make sure the mask is selected. This will hide it. See? So, as we understood, everything beneath that
green line, we need to keep, everything beyond that green line, we don’t need to keep. We already brought it down so that we don’t
keep all of that. Now we will slowly and gradually erase it. Now, if you want you can also decrease the
flow to 30% or something like that so that you get more chances of painting and remove
it gradually instead of removing it all at once at 100. So, let’s keep it at about 30 and slowly and
gradually, start painting. Sorry about the background noise, somebody’s
whistling or playing the flute on the streets. It’s fun to listen to sometimes. All right, you don’t have to pay so much attention
here. Just paint and fill up these edges. See how I’m filling up these edges, these
gaps. If you think you have accidentally painted
on an area, you know what to do – press X. This was toggle the foreground and the background
color. So if you’re painting in black, and you think
you shouldn’t have painted there, press X to make it white and paint that area back
in. You don’t need to be accurate at this point. We will be accurate later. At this point, it’s just making sure that
everything just fills in pretty nicely. You see we are already making an improvement. So I want you to have a look at the Before
and After. So this is the Before, this is the After. It’s all nice, it’s all there but it’s looking
smooth. No problem at all, we did it very quickly. All we need to do now is to zoom in and fine
tune this one. So we need to take the opposite brush, which
is white, and slowly and gradually remove the excess. You can decrease the flow further if you wish
to. I’m going to set it to 15. Now, as you can see, the hair looks so much
cleaner at this moment. If you just zoom in, have a look at the Before
and After. So this is of course the After, this is the
Before. Look. We use the original edge of the hair and just
brought it down. Now of course we need to do some cleanup because
at the top, the top part of the image just came in so that there was not enough white
to covere it all up. These stray hairs are optional, but we do
definitely need to remove the one at the top. So let’s go ahead and create a brand new layer
at the top clicking on the New Layer button right there. And then let’s just name it Clean Up. All right, and now, take a brush. First of all, I’m just going to sample and
paint in the top. You don’t have to worry so much about sampling
the right color because it’s all just a little faded white. Make sure, with the Eyedropper Tool, you have
the Sample Size to about 3 x 3 and Sample – All Layers or Current & Below is checked. And then you take back the brush, hold the
Alt or Option, click to take a sample and just paint over it. Now the flow is that 53%, we need to increase
it back to 100 and just cover it. Nothing big right there. And since the background is not very complex,
we can actually directly paint over the hair that we do not want. If the background was something which was
a little complex or maybe an outdoor background, in that case you might have to use the Clone
Stamp Tool. Also, if it was an outdoor background, you
need to come back to the Hair Fill and also soften it up from all the sides because if
you have a look at the hair fill, it has some hard edges right there. You cannot see those edges because the background
is solid. If the background was not solid, you would
have to go to the mask, take the Brush, Black as the foreground color and soften this one
out as well. Something like that, you get the idea. Now let’s turn the Background on and also
turn the Cleanup on and just start painting over the areas that we want to be cleaned
up. You can here decrease the flow to 20% to slowly
and gradually remove all these stray hairs. Keep a little bit of it. Here, this is kind of distracting. So I’m just going to paint over that. Now, if you think you have removed excessively
just like this, you can also use the same trick here. All you have to do, like say I’ve removed
a little excessively right there, just create a Mask right there and take the brush, Black
as the Foreground color, Soft Brush, and just paint back in these areas to bring back the
stray hair, the one which is desirable. All right, now that looks much cleaner. I might have a problem with this area. But, we can fix that. Yeah, that looks good. Now let’s have a look at the Before and After. Here’s the Before, here’s the after. Now, definitely, this needs a little more
something to do. Something is missing. The hair looks clean, everything looks alright,
but something is amiss right here. You know what it is? That is the shape. Now have a look at the hair before, it has
a very nice shape coming from there, at the top, there’s a little bit of puff that we
can add, little bit of bump right there, and then it comes down. But however, when we have cleaned it up, it
just isn’t that much height that it should be at the top. No problem. With the help of Liquefy, we can easily do
that. So press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E / Command
+ Option + Shift + E. This creates a merged layer at the top. In other words, it creates Stamp Visible Layer,
which is a merged layer of everything that you see on the canvas right now. So in this one, you can just name this Liquify,
and before you make any changes, before you apply the Liquify filter, what do we need
to do? We need to change this to a Smart Object. Why? So that we can change the value of Liquify
later. Go to Filter – Convert for Smart Filters,
and then hit OK. Now, Liquify is the kind of filter that you
need to nudge. Don’t do it abruptly, it might not look realistic. So let’s go to Filter and then Liquify. So what I mean by that is, I’m not suggesting
you to do something like this, all at once, it might not look realistic, or with a very
high pressure, you just move to something like that. Instead of doing that, let’s just reset it. Click on Restore All. Let’s scroll at the top. Make sure you have a Low Pressure. All right. Make sure you take a Soft Brush and Liquify
is something with you nudge slowly. So slowly and gradually, nudge it at the top. Let’s make the brush a little smaller, just
nudge it to bring in the shape. Now, you can get creative with this. Let’s zoom out and see how it looks. See, it looks so much better. Now I’m clearly a bit heavy handed right here,
I’m doing a little bit of excessive work so that you can clearly see the stark difference
between Before and After. You can also do it very subtly. That absolutely depends upon your taste. Just make sure that you do not deform the
face and the arms in the process of getting the hair to look right. So you can just enhance these swirls. Now, at any point of time, if you want to
dim it down, you can easily do that by coming down, scrolling down, and then clicking on
Reconstruct. Now, this is just like an undo on a brush. If you take it all the way to the left, the
hair will come back to its original position and if you slowly and gradually increase it
it will go to where you had left it. So, see as the hair is bringing up that puff. This can be a nice animation. Looks like something is growing out of his
hair. Anyway, up until this point, about 69 or 70,
it looks great, hit OK, once you’re satisfied. Hit OK again. And there you have it. Let’s have a look at the Before and After. Here’s the Before, here is the After. Trust me, he won’t be single anymore. Alright, so there we go. That’s how to fix hair in Photoshop. All you have to do is to select a huge chunk
of the hair just as we did right there. Let me just show that to you. So we selected a huge chunk, pasted it on
its own layer. And then with the help of the mask, we started
painting from the bottom we cleared it all up, we use the original edge of the hair by
bringing it down and then we cleaned it up a little bit at the top and on the very top
we used Liquify to add shape to it. That was pretty much it. I hope this video helped you and if you did,
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100 Replies to “A Simple Trick to Fix Messy Hair in Photoshop

  1. hey.. umesh i love all your tutorials, bt i just wanted to tell u that, usually in your tutorials subject has always plan backgrounds you know what i mean right..!! can u use subject which has distorted backgrounds which will very help full for photographer or outdoor photographers..!! for ex. in todays video what if the subject has tree, buildings or any kinds of distortion in background.

  2. Adobe should announce a special award for you like "Yoda of Photoshop" or something like that..Man..you are awesome!!!

  3. Ok, that was good. Now maybe consider doing a video where you "shave" the stubble. Adding a beard would be easy, but getting good skin tones while removing the stubble would be awesome.

  4. I Love your videos. I have never worked with photoshop but I am learning so much with your videos. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! The Best wishes for you!

  5. Bhai Aapki Har Video Bhot hi Badhiya Hoti Hain , I hope Hindi Main type kiya mene Apko Samaj Main Aa jayega .

  6. Hey man plz how can you change the size of the brush with keyboard, sometimes when i use the eraser i can't see its size plz help me

  7. I do not agree with your technic that you removed messy hair, this is not the easy way….. this technic is a very good way that you did always, but not simple or easy that you told.

  8. Hi! I'm from Brazil and I love your videos, they are so helpful! A question: what program/software do you use to record the screen with photoshop open? I've tried so many, but none can record it right. Thank you for all the learning!

  9. Could you do a video on how to create authentic looking black and white film like images using digital files? Like Peter Lindbergh and Herb Ritts did back in the golden days of film

  10. Hi this is Husain Sadiqali Photographer i am holding Adobe workshop on 26th October 2019 Mumbai will u be interested in this contact me Plz

  11. I have a question plz answer me. What is this Sample size. U mostly changes size 3by 3 n all. I don't get that.. there is any video regarding that .then plz give me link. N if not plz little explain it to me. I will be very thankful to you.

  12. If you think about it, before there were YouTube tutorials people probably just randomly clicked on everything and learned what what does that way.

  13. Dude I think you need to compile what you've done into books or some format of video publications, I would buy in a heart beat

  14. Never post comments normally but this is a fantastic tutorial. Clear and precise. No wonder you have loads of followers. Thanks

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