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:

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:

Long discussion with lots of hair cut out tips:

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Author THEMARSHALLDUDE77 (2 months)
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 Yurisbel Jimenez (3 months)
You're awesome, I'm totally subscribing to your channel.

Author Linuxdirk (12 days)
I did this from time to time but never came up with the idea of cloning!
Great video. Thanks!

Author Monise Carvalho (19 days)
At last I found a totorial that explains perfectly!

Author JustWasted3HoursHere (22 days)
Very nice tutorial. I've been looking for a masking plugin for Gimp that
works like 'ReMask' or 'Fluid Mask'.


Author ncleveng (27 days)
Great tutorial!

Author costa48 (1 month)
Thanks very much, this is what I was looking for. Much appreciated.

Author Mclay M (1 month)
GIMP is useful tools. and video is useful. Thank.

Author ticklewit (2 months)
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 (2 months)
And yes you're now my favorite GIMP teacher. Thanks for sharing

Author Cye Gray (2 months)
Excellent tutorial. Your clear step by step instructions are easy to follow
making this very helpful. Thank you!

Author Lukas ED (2 months)
On pic is (I mean) celeste Buckingham.

Author dollystack (2 months)
This is the best tutorial I have seen on isolating hair in GIMP! Thank you!
I need to go and try this out!

Author Aln Mp (2 months)
I thought it was you! :D

Author MaiCatalyst (3 months)
Great tutorial! Straight forward, perfect amount of detail for me. Thank
you :)

Author Loic COBBINA (3 months)
Thank for this exellent tutorial

Author Pichu Ding (4 months)
why is your gimp black? mine is ugly and white :< can i make it black too

Author Kchink Flinch (4 months)
Great tutorial. Thanks!

Author David Swanson (4 months)
Great turtorial!

Author TheMastermccoy (4 months)
Paint her face white

Author Paul Castro (5 months)
what i learned..............choose images without hair LOL 

Author xorandar (5 months)
Very clear and helpful, thank you.

Author Mike G (5 months)
gimp tricks what if the background has different colors haw you can make it
one color

Author mizzbeehave (5 months)
wooooooooooow! thanks

Author Achie gamez (5 months)
nederlander hoor je aan het accentje

Author Angel Layne (6 months)
two words... totally. awesome.

Author Dave Driesen (6 months)
Great work.. Very informative, complete and no-nonsense.

Author Tracy L (6 months)
Very nice. Subbed!

Author doveraudio (6 months)

Author Bill Wehrmacher (7 months)
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 (7 months)
holy Sh*t this is sorcery

Author R Simpson (7 months)
You are one-in-a-million Jolie...thank you so much.

Author Keith Weightman (7 months)
Thanks for making it clear and simple!

Author JooShii Osorio (7 months)
Muchas Gracias!!!! en verdad me ha servido mucho, saludos desde México

Author OurClan100 (7 months)
Love how fast you go through this. Too may videos are so bloated with
people repeating themselves 3 and 4 times! I'll watch more of yours!

Author Ultra Window (8 months)
and i've been cropping my pictures manually.

Author Efraín Ramírez Rodríguez (8 months)
Yhanks :) Great Tutorial!

Author Matthew Soukup (8 months)
very helpful!

Author Travis Reed (8 months)
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 (9 months)
You made my day! :)

Author Aerin Kawaii (9 months)
This is really help a lot! Thank you so much :)

Author Tommy Jensen (9 months)
Thanks! Your video is exactly what I was looking for.

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Author Nathalia Santos (2 years)
Amazing :o

Author galaxyDmon (2 years)
very nice tut :) and i also want to say that hearing your voice i think you
are very hot

Author lwils155 (2 years)
is this 2.8?

Author FLIMSERS (2 years)
how is gimp black for you...

Author Mario Cesar Oga (1 year)
I'm glad I have found your channel! :) really a big help for tyros like me.

Author Louis Spangenberg (2 years)
Hi The layers toolbox you have on the left how do you open it I only have
the toolbox you have on the right hand side

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