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Hi guys,

I was wondering whether someone could help me with a cut out problem I am dealing.

I have to cut out out a dozen of hair images and place them to a black background (this was decided from the client after the shoot).

Having in mind Lee Varis's technique from retouch pro live show () I told the photographer to shoot the models on a grey 18% grey background.

Unfortunately, it's not working very well if the background you want to use is black. I am using various ways to mask out the hair (refine edge/channels) but at the end they don't look that natural on the black.

If anyone could suggest how I can make this work (any method or tutorial I could use either for the cut out of for the grey bleeding that remains...) I would greatly appreciate.

Thank you in advance

Nikos
Date: Jul 12, 2016   


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