trouble removing hair over eye of friend

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by DELINDA, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. DELINDA macrumors regular

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    I can't find a tutorial that will help me to remove lots of hair over a friends eye . I have tried extract , clone , and channels but still can't fix it . This hair covers part of the eye and eye brow . My first attempt left the photo very blotchy . Its getting better as I go but not natural enough . Can you help ?
     
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  3. mlblacy macrumors 6502

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    Removing hair can be tricky, especially around an eye area because things can look funky pretty easily, as opposed to a flat surface & tonal area like a cheek or forehead. You might want to post the image here, and some seasoned folks might be able to chime in and tell you if the task is hopeless, difficult, or relatively easy to accomplish.

    Not seeing the image I would recommend using the cloning tool, with a soft brush. Also, another trick would be to down the opacity of the cloning tool to 50-60% to let you layer in the cloning. Also, keep changing your cloning source area a bit to avoid hiccups or any digital "tells" that give away the modification. Lastly, try changing the cloning tool setting from "normal" to lighten only (or maybe darken only depending on the tone). This allows you to target certain tones. If you are desperate you might try cloning in an eye area from a similar image (or if you are really desperate copy the other eye, flop it and position it over the hair obscured eye). Lastly, BEFORE you do anything, make a duplicate of the image on a new layer... that way you can toggle before/after to see how you are doing.

    My favorite retouching trick is to remove lines and shadows and other imperfections by cloning in with a 50% opacity set on lighten only.

    Check out Smashing Magazine online for lots of great techniques and tips.
    Here is a specific link that should help you out with lots of tutorials & videos as well...
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/

    cheers,
    michael

    cheers,
    michael
     
  4. DELINDA thread starter macrumors regular

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    trouble removing hair from over eye of friend

    Thanks mlblacy , I am cloning , but your flop idea is interesting . I will give it a try . Without permission , uploading the problem would be a violation of privacy . My photo's are spontaneous not posed , which makes repairs a challenge . I am gaining knowledge with help from this forum . Many thanks to all . Nice tweezer , a comb would be better :p
     
  5. mlblacy macrumors 6502

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    No problem. I used the flop-eye trick a few months ago, and then again last week. Far easier would be to steal an eye from another frame, but if you can't then you work with what you have. Keeping the eye on a separate layer, you can rotate, scale, skew, etc. to try to get the position right. Most peoples faces are not symmetrical so it can look odd for some unexplained reason when you do this. Best of luck... michael
     

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