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Removal of things like arm hair...

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Oct 16, 2008 02:14 |  #1

How do you guys go about removing things like arm hair from a photo?
This is an image that i've wanted to fix by removing that...but I don't quite have the skill with the spot editing tools...any tips?

I know there are things like softening the image to blur the hair..but I really don't want to lose the sharpness or dull the picture quality of the image.


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Oct 16, 2008 02:22 |  #2

I've never removed arm hair but a quick selection and replace colour with something matching the skin tone would probably be the quickest.

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Oct 16, 2008 03:30 |  #3

You could always use the typical airbrushing technique, however sometimes when I want to remove hair or other irregularities on the skin I use the clone stamp tool on the Mode: Softlight (or other better suited) and go over the hairs making sure to reposition the sample every few strokes. It does take awhile but a tablet usually makes quick work of it.
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Oct 16, 2008 03:45 |  #4

For this image, I wouldn't bother with tedious methods. A quick gaussian blur at just under 2 pixels smooths it all out nicely, just mask off everything then paint the skin on the arm back in. You don't have to lose overall sharpness and it only takes a few seconds.

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Oct 16, 2008 10:16 as a reply to  @ AndreaBFS's post |  #5

Looks like the hair is not the only problem on that arm.

I did a surface blur @ 10 pix, set to lighten, duplicate that layer, set the duplicate to darken @ 50 % opacity. Group the two and mask out. One minute all in all.


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