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How To Fix Flyaway Hairs In Photoshop

By Anthony Thurston on March 1st 2015

Dealing with hair during your post-processing can be such a pain. This is especially true if you can’t afford to have an assistant or hair stylist on hand to help keep it under control during the shoot. But it doesn’t have to be such a pain.


As part of the Photoshop Week CreativeLive had Chris Orwig on hand to show us how to deal with those pesky flyaway hairs in Photoshop without ripping out our own hair! I especially liked the part where he talks about reduction, rather than removal. I think that this is an important concept many photographers new to post-production overlook.


It won’t always be as easy as it was in this video. Sometimes, the healing brush can get confused, or it doesn’t look quite right. But that said, more times than not, I have found that when you need to remove individual flyaways like the one in that video, the method he shows us works wonderfully.

What other methods do you use when you have to touch up the hair of your subject? Leave a comment below and let us know how you fix hair in Photoshop!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great tool

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  2. Graham Curran

    I think the most important thing I learned from recent PS tutorials was to make adjustments on layers and never on the original image.

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  3. Vince Arredondo

    Nice tip. Thank you!

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  4. John Cavan

    I use spot healing all the time, but the big takeaway I spotted was the doing on this on an empty layer. I always copied the background and did it there thinking that if I really messed it up, I could just throw the copy away and try again. An empty layer gives you a lot more options for fixing a mistake.

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