Although most retouching artists and photographers love to retouch skin and faces, retouching hair is often seen as a necessity rather than an enjoyable activity. Yet, despite the retouching challenges, a skilled hair retouch makes a tremendous difference in obtaining a clean editorial or commercial look in the final image.
With this video course, our goal is to teach you how to fix common hair issues in beauty, portrait and fashion photography using simple retouching tools and techniques and offer a variety of methods to take the struggle out of the process. In some lessons, we will show you alternative methods for battling common hair issues in post-production so you can choose whichever works best depending on the image at hand.
Please keep in mind, this is not a beginner course; it requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes and masks. However, we do provide additional setting details for the tools used in video lessons as well as the layered PSD files, so you can easily apply the same concepts to your own work.
This isn’t a course to teach you how to completely transform the look of the hair in an image, or make it look like the absolutely flawless, polished hair in a hair product advertisement – the market for that type of photography and retouching is incredibly narrow and those skills, intensity and endless hours are rarely needed outside of that market. Which means the amount of time you would need to devote to mastering that type of tedious hair retouching would likely have minimal return on that investment.
On the contrary, this course is designed to help you learn to tackle the most common challenges with hair in your personal and commercial work in the beauty, portrait and fashion genres of photography – the largest photography and retouching market.
Along with the video course, you will download 8 images in the form of layered PSD files. These images were photographed in Los Angeles by Michael Woloszynowicz & Julia Kuzmenko exclusively for the Retouching Academy courses and students.
Follow the video lessons while analyzing the layers in these PSD files, and practice retouching hair in the areas we outline for you in the Assignments part of the Digital Guide PDF. We encourage you to go further and retouch these images completely, then share the results in the Retouching Academy Community Group on Facebook for peer and pro feedback, or on your social media tagging Julia and Michael and @retouchingacademy.
Here’s a quick BTS video from the shoot where the Practice Images were captured:
Intro: TYPICAL CHALLENGES AND COURSE OUTLINE
- Typical Hair Retouching Challenges
- The Course Outline
- The Images We Will Be Using
Lesson 1: CLEANING UP THE OUTSIDE PERIPHERY OF THE HAIR
Video 1.1 Removing Hair in Bulk
Video 1.2 Drawing in Hair Strands
Video 1.3 Adding Noise
Lesson 2: CLEANING UP THE INTERIOR OF THE HAIR
Video 2.1 Strays Crossing Face
Video 2.2 Interior Hair Removal: Using Spot Healing Brush
Video 2.3 Strays Crossing Hair
Lessons 3-5: ADVANCED OUTSIDE PERIPHERY CLEANUP
Video 3 Outside Edge Cleanup: Grafting Hair
Video 4 Stray Hairs Cleanup: Brute Force Method
Video 5.1 – 5.3 Advanced Outside Edge Grafting
Lesson 6: INTERIOR HAIR GRAFTING
Video 6.1 Covering up Revealed Scalp
Video 6.2 Filling Gaps Against Background
Lessons 7-10: DODGING & BURNING; COLOR CORRECTING & SHAPING HAIR
Video 7 Dodging & Burning for Hair Retouching
Video 8 Color Correcting Hair Shade Inconsistencies
Video 9 Dodging & Burning to Contour Hair
Video 10 Shaping Hair
Lesson 11: ADVANCED HAIR REPAIR: CLEANING UP FOREHEAD & REMOVING BABY HAIR
Video 11.1 Grafting Skin to Cover up Baby Hair
Video 11.2 Using Frequency Separation to Clean up Forehead
Video 11.3 Fine-Tuning the Results Achieved in the Previous Two Videos
Video 11.4 Refining the Appearance of the Created Hairline
Lesson 12: WIG HAIRLINE REPAIR
Video 12 Using Frequency Separation and Other Tools to Improve the Appearance of a Wig Hairline.
The talented photographer, retoucher, teacher, and author of our Master Dodge & Burn & Color Grade video courses, Michael Woloszynowicz, is back to share everything he does with hair in post-production in his editorial and commercial beauty, portrait and fashion images.
Check out page 12 in the Digital Guide PDF to follow through the course assignments. We also added a markup layer for you titled ASSIGNMENT in each PSD file, but please don’t let our markup limit you – consider it the minimal exercise and go further by retouching all of the hair using all of the techniques you’ve learned in each file.
Here are some of the Assignment images from the course:
PSD from Lessons 1 & 2, CLEANING UP THE OUTSIDE PERIPHERY & INTERIOR OF THE HAIR:
PSD from Lesson 6, INTERIOR HAIR GRAFTING:
PSD from Lessons 7-9, DODGING & BURNING & COLOR CORRECTING:
PSD from Lesson 10, SHAPING HAIR:
Besides the layered PSD files, we have also included the custom brushes and actions that Michael mentions in the video lessons:
- RA Hair & BG Brushes.abr – our custom brushes for background work and drawing in hair strands in focus and slightly out of focus;
- RA HR Custom Actions.atn – our custom actions that will set up the necessary layers for your Dodging & Burning and Frequency Separation work.
Since our goal is to help you master retouching, we want to know what you struggle with the most so we can provide exactly the information that you need.
Your opinion is very important to us. Please take a moment to let us know what you appreciated most about the course or whether you think there is something that we missed: