This very extensive video tutorial by portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) takes a look at how to do advanced hair selections in Photoshop CC.
This is one of the most comprehensive tutorials on selecting hair. Dodson starts with the basics – just quick selection tool for the body of the model and save the selection for later. Now we can start with the more advanced tools including channels, calculations and much more.
More than anything we come out of this video with the feeling that even the most professional and experienced image editors with all the power of the latest Photoshop CC tools can have a difficult time with some of the most complex hair selections – we can only wish that there was some magical tool that can easily click and fully select even the most complex hair strands on any background – but we are sure that this will come at some point – for the moment just enjoy the info that Dodson shares in this video.
This isn’t the first time Dodson looks into advanced hair selections in Photoshop (see this video as well). We have looked at how to make fine hair selections many times in the past on several different videos aimed at different levels of photographers/image editors – including “How to Cut Out Complex Hair in Photoshop” with Aaron Nace from Phlearn, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes had a very nice simple guide for beginners entitled “How to Make Fine Hair Selections in Photoshop” while both Jesús Ramirez with “Advanced Hair Selection Tutorial – Masking Hair In Photoshop” and Michael Woloszynowicz with “How To Quickly Remove Stray Hairs in Photoshop” had some more in-depth guides.