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Remove the background from hair in GIMP - tutorial (Cut out hair)



In this GIMP tutorial you'll learn some techniques to remove the background from an image with hair. Cut out hair. I'm explaining step by step in this "How to in GIMP" so you'll know how to make a cut out of an image with hair.

I'm using layer masks, the clone tool and give some tips on the burn tool in GIMP.

A lot of the techiniques I used I've learned and/or adapted from this video from blackmoondev:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEIORoqIi4c

The reason I adapated it is because I tried to make it easy to follow for gimp beginners as well.

Here's a link to the image I used:
http://morguefile.com/archive/display/59461

Long discussion with lots of hair cut out tips:
http://sortitoutsi.net/forum/topic/34392-official-cut-out-training-thread/


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Author Dee Octa ( ago)
thanks, seriously helpful :]

Author Joe Jeakle ( ago)
I'm curious, where did you get the theme you use? Plus, great job lol. Big
help!

Author Edgar B.F ( ago)


Author egutie21 ( ago)
For some odd reason when I do the last step o trying to clone it uncovers
the picture but in a different position...

Author movzx0fh ( ago)
Dear (presenter), are you from Holland?:-)

Author maralson ( ago)
Great vid. But doesn't work for blonds how do you do it for blonds on a
very light back ground?

Author David Lamoitte ( ago)
Super tuto. Dommage que vous n'êtes pas francaise.... :)

Author sparky9tube ( ago)
What was very good about this tutorial is the way in which it was
presented. Very concise and to the point without a lot of folderol which
is very much apprecieated.
Very nice technique and works! Well pretty much. I'm still waiting for
tips on how to mask hair that's against a non contrasting or varying
contrasting background.

Author Saitoubosh ( ago)
Yes, that helped immensely. I know have a better understanding of what
layer masks are and do. Plus, I love ur accent.

Author Slade Wilson ( ago)
how can i save the pic i alpha mode ?

Author Shyan Daniels ( ago)
You explained this tutorial in such great detail! Thank you so much for
your help!!

Author David Jones ( ago)
thank you for your help!! Great Job. How do you change the shape of eyes
using GIMP 2.8 Please

Author Minia Karrina ( ago)
Great tutorial - I did it!

Author Yorkie Gamer ( ago)
that looks my my aunt

Author Viper Commander ( ago)
You are my sensei!!! Thank you for teaching me everything about gimp!

Author Bedmonsterman ( ago)
Your dutch aren't you!

Author Lee Andrews ( ago)
You have a great manner of teaching step-by-step. Thank you for sharing
your talents with us.

Author Tony Tony ( ago)
Very well done.

Author Berny M ( ago)
Excellent tutorial.

Author TutsVille+ ( ago)
Thanks!

Author Tinne Jacobs ( ago)
And what if you're background isn't white ...

Author Ludwig Spiegel ( ago)
Awesome trick! Thank you for sharing.

Author Dwight Taylor ( ago)
its a neat trick but its very ineffective when working with multiple
layers. like a background. because as much as you contrast the background
of the layer. your new background will always show the old background of
the layers edges.

Author Tutterzoid ( ago)
Thanks for sharing this valuable info. :)

Author tamago2474 ( ago)
Thanks, really helpful!

Author MSK Chess ( ago)
The lady is Dutch and sadly became unwell, hopefully she is better now, I
cannot say, but her graphics videos are legend :D

Author TrasherBiner ( ago)
I'm curious about your accent, are you scandinavian?

Author David Spruill ( ago)
Very good I really like what you did.

Author annooz patrick ( ago)
so nice i love gimp

Author Linuxdirk ( ago)
I did this from time to time but never came up with the idea of cloning!
Great video. Thanks!

Author JustWasted3HoursHere ( ago)
Very nice tutorial. I've been looking for a masking plugin for Gimp that
works like 'ReMask' or 'Fluid Mask'.

JW3HH

Author ncleveng ( ago)
Great tutorial!

Author costa48 ( ago)
Thanks very much, this is what I was looking for. Much appreciated.

Author Mclay M ( ago)
GIMP is useful tools. and video is useful. Thank.

Author ticklewit ( ago)
i was doing it the most painful way possible. aaargghhhh how much time i hv
wasted. i hate myself ... and i love you

Author Aln Mp ( ago)
And yes you're now my favorite GIMP teacher. Thanks for sharing

Author Aln Mp ( ago)
I thought it was you! :D

Author THEMARSHALLDUDE77 ( ago)
Okay, This tutorial is great, but I must be missing something. It's not
working for me.

What version are you using? Gimp 2.8 is different than what is on your
screen. Please reply. I'm really trying to learn this stuff.

Thank you!

Author Cye Gray ( ago)
Excellent tutorial. Your clear step by step instructions are easy to follow
making this very helpful. Thank you!

Author Lukas Videos ( ago)
On pic is (I mean) celeste Buckingham.

Author dollystack ( ago)
This is the best tutorial I have seen on isolating hair in GIMP! Thank you!
I need to go and try this out!

Author Yurisbel Jimenez ( ago)
You're awesome, I'm totally subscribing to your channel.

Author MaiCatalyst ( ago)
Great tutorial! Straight forward, perfect amount of detail for me. Thank
you :)

Author Loic COBBINA ( ago)
Thank for this exellent tutorial

Author Pichu Ding ( ago)
why is your gimp black? mine is ugly and white :< can i make it black too
somehow?

Author Kchink Flinch ( ago)
Great tutorial. Thanks!

Author David Swanson ( ago)
Great turtorial!

Author RWMc ( ago)
Paint her face white ..lol

Author Paul Castro ( ago)
what i learned..............choose images without hair LOL 

Author Mikeymadness ( ago)
Very clear and helpful, thank you.

Author Mike G ( ago)
gimp tricks what if the background has different colors haw you can make it
one color

Author mizzbeehave ( ago)
wooooooooooow! thanks

Author Achie gamez ( ago)
nederlander hoor je aan het accentje

Author Angel Layne ( ago)
two words... totally. awesome.

Author Tracy L ( ago)
Very nice. Subbed!

Author doveraudio ( ago)
BEST TUTORIAL EVER!

Author Bill Wehrmacher ( ago)
This is an amazing tutorial, as are all them in your group. I understand
you have been ill. Please accept my very best wishes. 

Author Steven Lopez ( ago)
holy Sh*t this is sorcery

Author R Simpson ( ago)
You are one-in-a-million Jolie...thank you so much.

Author Keith Weightman ( ago)
Thanks for making it clear and simple!

Author JooShii Osorio ( ago)
Muchas Gracias!!!! en verdad me ha servido mucho, saludos desde México

Author Ultra Window ( ago)
and i've been cropping my pictures manually.

Author Efraín Ramírez Rodríguez (Efrix) ( ago)
Yhanks :) Great Tutorial!

Author Matthew Soukup ( ago)
very helpful!

Author Travis Reed ( ago)
I spent literally hours trying to accomplish this via steps learned in
other tutorials. Within 30 minutes of watching this video I had fixed my
son's school picture (red gradiated background) to a grey background,
including the bits shining through his hair. Wonderful work, thank you for
posting it.

Author Nipuna Carnifex ( ago)
You made my day! :)

Author Aerin Kawaii ( ago)
This is really help a lot! Thank you so much :)

Author Tommy Jensen ( ago)
Thanks! Your video is exactly what I was looking for.

Author in yoh ( ago)
This really helps, thanks allot!

Author Rhonda Koop ( ago)
awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for the detail, it really helped me
understand and complete a project! Thanks again.

Author Alessandro Zuniga ( ago)
Excellent video. Very helpful tutorial, especially for a beginner like me.
Thank you very much.

Author jangyman ( ago)
Thank you very much - you make the best tutorials!

Author Prof Tshabalala ( ago)
thank you so very much... this will most deff make my hobby much much
easier!...

Author Limon Phx ( ago)
hi every time i do this when i cut the black and white image and press
paste my original image goes green

Author SomeGuyInSandy ( ago)
Very cool! I created an image in blender, rendered it, and then rendered
another one to serve as the mask, but had no idea how to cut my image out.
My goal was to be able to modify the background but keep the rendered image
unchanged. This worked beautifully!

Author Rawtee vonwelker ( ago)
oops me ! didn't see the end yet,

Author Rawtee vonwelker ( ago)
maybe use the dodge/burn brush. it worked better for me wtg ty

Author Rawtee vonwelker ( ago)
i copied you image, went along with you in the tut. This really does work
Gr8! Thanks Miz voice

Author Theguyunderyourbed ( ago)
In my picture that I am doing this I am wearing a black and white checkered
shirt and the white of the shirt becomes transparent. How can I fix this?

Author Gary Jordan ( ago)
The picture I am working on isn't completely black, its harder to do. What
do I need to do?

Author skallen4 ( ago)
so helpful!! thanks!

Author Tuoppios ( ago)
thanks

Author Mandy Little ( ago)
Amazing!! Your video is perfect, you really make this a process that one
can learn!!! Thank you!! Keep up the good work!!

Author Tommy Harris ( ago)
POSSIBLY THE BEST EXPLAINED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE. WELL DONE!!

Author uus sugianto ( ago)
verry good

Author Michael Kirwan ( ago)
Yeah i am in the same boat. I hate using masks

Author Antisallicrew ( ago)
WHOOA THATS WAY TOO COMPLICATED 4 SOMETHING SO SIMPLE IS THAT A OLD VERSION
OF GIMP? OH WELL SHIT LOOK LIKE I NEED 2 UPDATE THIS

Author Mike Galea ( ago)
I thought you are in this picture

Author ValBoston ( ago)
Just what I was looking for! Great tutorial! Thanks! :)

Author NathLdigital ( ago)
thank you! that clone tip at the end will be so helpfull! yes :)

Author Ken Murphy ( ago)
Thanks! This was hugely helpful!

Author MultiLittlehearts ( ago)
Thank you so much for the tutorial! It really helped me for my assessment
task though the cloning part was so hard! The hair was grey and black and
it was so difficult. Thanks a bunch though! :)

Author Boie265andPundoCP ( ago)
Whenn i open a picture it isnt called backround.. I need help :(

Author Qalandar Nashenas ( ago)
what a bout if the images background is black

Author thomaspc2 ( ago)
It just goes to show that you can do some really neat stuff with gimp.

Author Liv Werner ( ago)
This video tutorial is amazing. It's really nice to make PNGs now without
having leftovers of the background. Thanks so much!

Author charakageeth ( ago)
Pleased I found this video. Like You tube for this type of info! My step
brother was formerly bullied. He stated he was planning to grow muscle
mass. I chuckled... Then he added 40lbs of full-strength muscle. He made
use of the Muscle Building Bible (Google it). No person dares to intimidate
the man now. :-) I actually subscribed the other day. See what happens. And
the mans emails are fascinating!!!

Author luckydog13423 ( ago)
I've been doing this the hard way using the wand and selecting the
backround(usually easier than doing the hair), feathering the selection,
then making that transperent. It does have the advantage of preserving the
original image better as you don't get the the issue she shows at 4:20 and
hence no need to clone.

Author Megan Rudisill ( ago)
After coloring the face white, how did you make the hair all white?

Author reseNkeke ( ago)
Super! Thanks a lot!

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