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Tips & Tricks

Retouching Hair with Clone in Darken Mode

By fotosiamo on June 3rd 2012

Many of you are probably familiar with using clone and heal brushes to remove stray hair off the face or the background. What you may not do as much is clearing stray hair that is disrupting the main hair flow. Part of it is because it’s pretty time consuming and difficult.

Well, Natalia Taffarel posted an article on Model Mayhem on a technique she uses that cuts down on the difficulty. It is still a very manual and time-consuming process, but the result is a lot easier to achieve.


Here are several things you have to do to achieve this:

  • Create a new, empty layer
  • Change the blending mode to Darken
  • Pick Stamp tool and have it sample All Layers
  • Change the Stamp tool’s brush mode to Darken
  • Clone near the stray hair and brush over the stray hair

  • The Darken blending mode makes it so that it only affects the typically lighter stray hair and not affect the darker main hair below. Of course, you can always use the Undo if you sometimes don’t get the desired effect.

    Check out Natalia’s video to see this in action:

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    Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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    1. Alissa Tipton

      Not bad! But I send my photo in this company, guys from FixThePhoto provides professional portrait photo retouching. They reshape face in photos, edit eye color, whiten teeth , remove braces in pictures, and fix frizzy hair in Photoshop.

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    2. Ed Rhodes

      definitely bookmarking this

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    3. Basit Zargar


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