Handy Methods For Cutting out Hair In Adobe photoshop. In this tutorial, we are using a picture of famous bollywood celebrity Aishwarya Rai taken from FunGur.com . The very best pictures are those professional studio type shots that are taken against a plain white background. These shots make it much better to get the edges of the subject, but cutting out fine hairs can still be a little difficult. Here we are using the common Channel technique to trim out hair of this beautiful lady.

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. This particular image doesn’t have a pure white background, but it is a plain color and has good contrast between the subject and grey backdrop.



Step 2

Now go to Channels palette and review each of the Red, Green and Blue channels. Each one will be made up of somewhat different tones, pick the one with the most contrast between foreground and background. Drag this channel onto the new channel icon to copy it.


Step 3

Then select the new channel and adjust the Levels (CMD+L) to dramatically increase the contrast between light and dark areas.


Step 4

Due to the minor difference in tone of the background, it appears grey in the darker areas. Now use the Dodge tool set to a low Opacity to target the highlights and brush over this background area to really brighten it up.

white Background

Step 5

Use Burn tool to target the shadows to significantly darken down the inner areas of the image to pure black.


Step 6

Use the brush tool to finish off the blacks by painting over the remaining areas of the inner section of the image.

Blue Channels