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The Mermaid Look - Adding Hair Tutorial

compositing tutorial Jan 08, 2020

Hey Everyone!

For this image, I really wanted to highlight the mermaid look of the model by giving her thicker and more voluminous hair.

Whenever modifying model features, like hair, it is very important to make sure that the editing looks natural and realistic. In this tutorial, I didn’t want the additional hair to look like an unfitting block pasted on top of the model’s natural hair, I wanted for it to blend nicely. 

For this, I used the Mask and Warp tool on the imported stock pieces. I played with the tools until the additional hair fitted the model’s head shape perfectly. If you want to see exactly how I made this natural blend, you can sign up for the premium membership to view the full tutorial.

Finding the perfect color for the imported stock hair is key to making the composite look great as a whole. I worked with the lighting and started to play with the highlights/curves tool to make the model’s new hair blend well with her natural hair. By making minor tweaks to the reds, greens, and blues on the curves layers, you can make magic! 

This tutorial was very fun and simple. Adding hair is an excellent tool for professional edits and useful if you are just starting out! 


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Happy Editing!

Tara Lesher 



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