Softening and Highlighting Hair for Photoshop and Gimp

Have you ever looked at beautifully edited photos in wonder and some dismay, thinking that there’s no way you have time (and in my case artistry) for that kind of photo work? It happens to me all the time. As RL gets more and more hectic, it is difficult for me to find the time to edit photos in more than just a few basic ways.  If you are one of those digital artists who can enhance your photos drastically by drawing hair and incorporating external content into your photos, then I admire you and maybe hate you, just a little bit. At any rate, this tutorial is more for the Photoshop and Gimp amateur, a sort of making-hair-look-the-best-it-can-for-amateurs type thing. And I say honestly that the effects I achieve this way are subtle and not meant to change the look of your hair dramatically.

I had to create this video at high resolution so that you can see the subtle blurring effects that I am using. So if the video is a little slow to load I apologize. There is also a link at the end of the video for the G’MIC plugin for Gimp that you will need to create this effect. I am reposting the link here for anyone who just wants to click through.

G’MIC plugin download: http://gmic.eu/gimp.shtml

Tutorial: http://www.screencast.com/t/PYLAISXZRA

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