Believe me, one of the most asked question on Photoshop is that how do I select complex hair in Photoshop.  You might have heard that refine edge tool helps you with that. You heard it right, but you need more. You might have also heard that the use of Channels also pays off. But do you have enough time to analyze every channel. The third method that you are going to learn is probably the easiest and most efficient way to select complex hair in Photoshop.

If you are presuming that I am not going to use refine edge tool then that’s bad. Definitely I am going to use Refine Edge tool but not in a traditional way. With the help of layer mask, the performance and output of refine edge tool improves drastically, and that’s what I am going to show you.


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Step 1

The first thing needs to be done is to open that image with messy hair. I am going to select the whole image by pressing Ctrl+A/Cmd+A. As soon as it is pressed, you’ll see marching ants around the edges of the photo. Press Ctrl+C/Cmd+C to copy the area that is inside the marching ants i.e. the whole image.

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Open the another photo where you want the face and hair to be placed.

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Press Ctrl+V/Cmd+V  to paste the selected image. Don’t worry about the unwanted grey background that hid the nice looking wooden background. We’ll fix it soon.

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