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How to Get Rid Of Stray Hairs for Good

In today’s video I’m gonna show you guys an affinity photo how to remove stray ears there’s a lot of techniques to do this specific technique that I’m going to show you guys there’s a lot of ways to do this one this is just one technique that I found that’s been pretty effective and something for you guys to consider when it comes to removing stray hairs

That we always drink so we absolutely all dread doing this but this is gonna make your life a little bit easier so here’s fold I already edited and yeah it’s an affinity phone I’ve already edited this image but I I’m just loading it up just to showcase for this tutorial but so this is a shot that I have taken about a month ago with my creative team the the description will have the social media for everyone that was a part of the shoe desert model here Sierra and the photo is loaded in affinity photo the latest version and we’re on iPad pro from 2010 so the first generation

iPad pro we are loaded in and I’m going to show you guys the before and after so we’re gonna go here and focus on the stray hairs here stray hairs and then scroll down a little bit over here to you can see some of those need a little bit more over here you can see some of those a little bit over here you can see some of those sweet cool so boom alright so how are we gonna be doing this in affinity photo like I had mentioned before there are a lot of techniques to actually do this the technique I’m going to show you guys right now is a combination of two

different tools the first tool is gonna be the in painting aka Spot Healing Brush so that’s gonna be in our brushes panel we’re gonna go over here and we’re gonna go to the in painting brush and what we’re gonna do is leave the settings as default a pasty 1% 400 percent and then we’re going to just vary the the width here to be slightly larger than the straight hair you’re trying to remove so basically what it’s gonna look like you’re gonna zoom in to a you know somewhat of a pixel level you’re gonna make this maybe somewhere between 10 to 30 or 40 pixels

and width and then you’re just going to literally just paint away the things that you want to keep in mind when using in painting tools especially with a background like this is that it gets kind of fuzzy you’ll see where I’m brushing right now that area just got really fuzzy I’ll show you that again so if you if the if the brush isn’t big enough to overly like engulf the straight here that you’re actually trying to in paint it will leave basically a blur around the edges so you want to make sure that you’re adjusting the width of the the actual brush itself to be roughly two or

three times the size of the straight here roughly I don’t know the exact specifications just make sure it’s bigger than this right here you can see that as we start going through that it’ll sometimes get blurry and then I’ll just the width this is the first thing that we’re gonna do so what we’re doing with the in painting tool we’re just brushing away these areas where that are a little bit on the outskirts of where the actual hairline is so this is the hairline right here where I’m brushing right now is the actual hairline we’re gonna be focusing mostly on the strain errors

over on this area where I just touched as we get kind of closer to the edges right here we’re going to be using a different tool so you’re gonna see that in painting tool is gonna be super blurry right there it does not work well right there so we’re gonna skip that and we’re gonna use a secondary tool to fix those as good specific issues but right now we’re just gonna hit the in painting tool I’m gonna try to do this as fast as humanly possible I don’t want to bore you guys with the gory details here but basically this is what we’re gonna do one thing with the in painting

tool is that you can over you can actually go through different areas just like that boom I mean no issue so definitely if you’re going give it straight air that’s going through an object do what I just did right there totally works the in painting tool is very intelligent based on where you actually start you’re in paint versus where you end and it analyzes the path that you’re going and intend intently attempt intelligently tries to analyze it figure out what you’re trying to remove works really really well you’ll notice that over here is blurry over here’s blurry again don’t

worry about the blur right now I’m scooting this quick but don’t worry about the blur we’ll fix that with another tool just focus it on getting rid of the hairs that are on the further edges just because with this tool actually works really well if we use the secondary tool yes it can get rid of them but it just doesn’t work as well in my experience so we’re going to kind of skip it we’re gonna do it this way okay well hit some of those straight hairs blue I’m hit that big guy this big dude and then we’re just gonna brush away again you’ll notice that I’m not focusing so much on

the areas that are very close to objects and you’ll notice that I’ll zoom in and I’ll just do that it doesn’t always work it depends how basically how to find the object you’re trying to remove is yeah so it doesn’t it’s not always perfect there is there’s a little bit of leeway with that but it works pretty well in most situations you’ll notice again it’s gonna be kind of blurry because we’re getting close to the edge but nonetheless we’ll fix that here shortly so I’m gonna do maybe just a little bit more minute or so so we can just hop over to the next tool I want to bore you

guys here with just brushing away to get rid of stuff it’s pretty straightforward okay it’s gonna be perfect but that’s fine it’s all Gucci okay so you know obviously from a distance you can notice how blurry this is that’s completely fine so next thing that we’re gonna do is we’re gonna use the clone brush okay so clone brush settings as default hundred percent opacity flow 100% width is going to be between thirty to fifty pixels just because we we want it to be just a little bit larger than how we’re using an infinity tool the hardness however we’re gonna set that to

50% to start that could be something that could be adjusted as you kind of long go along it depends how hard of an edge you want the hairline to be then what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna go into that second menu and change our blend mode to lighten poops that was light burner lighting okay and then we’re gonna go over here right and let me actually use the hand tool it’s being a little weird go back into the clone brush we’re gonna select and basically we’re gonna select and sample outside of the area and then we’re going hit the light in and then

sometimes you kind of have to change the hardness depending on how how I guess I suppose the how bright the actual hair you’re removing is sometimes it doesn’t it doesn’t work perfectly but this is basically what we’re gonna do okay so I’m gonna sample outside of the area and then I’m just gonna kind of brush away sample outside of the area kind of brush away I’m not gonna do this perfectly but let me just kind of go right here brush away something like that simple up here brush away sample out here brush away oh that’s way too big let’s go back alright

and let’s go back to layers make that a little bit smaller let’s go to 30 pixels thickness talking about before symp but here brush your way okay something like that now that gets us there you’ll notice over here some weird kind of artifacts and differences in luminosity at this point we go back to the in painting brush set our width back down to between 10 to 30 pixels and we just brush away those areas to basically get rid of these weird I guess kind of things that happened with the the differences in highlights is just highlights and some of the strands of hair like

over here if we did the heal the clone brush right there it would be a highlight one really worth that wall and then that right there is kind of how we’ve gone that far I’m gonna go back over into the clone brush again and just kind of finish up this side real quick brush over here and we’re gonna hit that really quick and hit that come over here hit that right here hit that that was a little bit too and then we’re gonna come right over here hit that right here smack away of those and it be the same technique for over here just kind of feel a little lazy I don’t lie to you

guys you don’t want to do all this or they don’t like we’re moving stringers just painting my bubble as it is painting everyone’s bubble but it’s it’s definitely a pain and everyone’s butthole but you know it’s all good we got to do it at some point right we can’t avoid it and then go back to the inpainting tool same thing as before get rid of some of the highlights that happened here and a little bit of smudging that happened right there and there’s some weird stuff that’s happening in the background obviously we could do the same thing to fix right there but I’m not

gonna fix that so now let’s oh whoops sorry I didn’t I didn’t do that on a separate layer but basically that’s the same that’s technique okay sorry I didn’t do that on the right layer but nonetheless you guys saw the before and after yes actually hold on you know what I can’t do i’ma show you guys it anyways let’s go all the way back to our history and will basically go here so so that’s the before okay so this is the after let me kind of zoom in a little bit and then we’ll go back to our history States and there’s their before after before after and before okay there you

are there we go I’m straight here no problem we’ll take care of those real quick here at photo px we are not afraid to straight here’s a photo px so we tackle those big-time so that’s just one technique to remove those basically they’re using the clone brush on lighten and then you’re using it in painting tool the reason why I use the in painting tool before to get rid of some of those further strain tears is because those areas will actually affect where your cloning and the clone tool has a tendency of kind of just sampling from a large area as you’re brushing goes

basically in the same direction as your brush strokes so me removing some of those those straight hairs that are a little bit longer that’s why I do that the purpose of doing those and then when I get to the areas that are really clumpy that are really close to the the edge the edge of the hair that’s when I whip out the clone brush and I just hit lighten in and get rid of all those and then come back and then wherever was there’s kind of a highlight in the hair we’ll just hit the in painting tool and knock those out real quick so that wraps it wraps up today’s video I

hope that was helpful helpful to you guys I hope that some value to your retouching workflow and another technique that you guys can use very very easy stringers are definitely not an issue even as a prick I have a print that I did the same technique right over here and I’m looking at on the print and I did the same exact technique and it looks totally natural the only thing that you have to be careful of is just adjusting the hardness maybe you might have to go to 50% as you get as you’re getting really close to an edge to just make sure the edge isn’t super hard

and defined but as long as you do that I mean no one’s ever gonna know that you used the clone brush in fancy tool I mean you’ll never even see it so I hope that helped you guys but as always if you have a question comment or concern or you want to see something that we have the capabilities and skills to do on our youtube channel and do a viewer request we will absolutely do that for you so let us know if you have any specific comments or concerns on this video or maybe I made some say or something Pommies let me know we’re here for comments

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.