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 tamago2474 (23 days)
Thanks, really helpful!

Author MSK Chess (23 days)
The lady is Dutch and sadly became unwell, hopefully she is better now, I
cannot say, but her graphics videos are legend :D

Author Dwight Taylor (3 days)
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 (7 days)
Thanks for sharing this valuable info. :)

Author TrasherBiner (1 month)
I'm curious about your accent, are you scandinavian?

Author THEMARSHALLDUDE77 (5 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 David Spruill (1 month)
Very good I really like what you did.

Author annooz patrick (2 months)
so nice i love gimp

Author Lukas ED (5 months)
On pic is (I mean) celeste Buckingham.

Author Yurisbel Jimenez (6 months)
You're awesome, I'm totally subscribing to your channel.

Author Monise Carvalho (3 months)
At last I found a totorial that explains perfectly!

Author ncleveng (3 months)
Great tutorial!

Author costa48 (3 months)
Thanks very much, this is what I was looking for. Much appreciated.

Author Mclay M (4 months)
GIMP is useful tools. and video is useful. Thank.

Author Aln Mp (4 months)
And yes you're now my favorite GIMP teacher. Thanks for sharing

Author ticklewit (4 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 TheMastermccoy (7 months)
Paint her face white

Author Ultra Window (10 months)
and i've been cropping my pictures manually.

Author Paul Castro (7 months)
what i learned..............choose images without hair LOL 

Author Cye Gray (5 months)
Excellent tutorial. Your clear step by step instructions are easy to follow
making this very helpful. Thank you!

Author Aln Mp (4 months)
I thought it was you! :D

Author dollystack (5 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 Mike G (8 months)
gimp tricks what if the background has different colors haw you can make it
one color

Author MaiCatalyst (6 months)
Great tutorial! Straight forward, perfect amount of detail for me. Thank
you :)

Author Achie gamez (8 months)
nederlander hoor je aan het accentje

Author Pichu Ding (6 months)
why is your gimp black? mine is ugly and white :< can i make it black too

Author Kchink Flinch (6 months)
Great tutorial. Thanks!

Author David Swanson (7 months)
Great turtorial!

Author JustWasted3HoursHere (3 months)
Very nice tutorial. I've been looking for a masking plugin for Gimp that
works like 'ReMask' or 'Fluid Mask'.


Author Linuxdirk (3 months)
I did this from time to time but never came up with the idea of cloning!
Great video. Thanks!

Author xorandar (8 months)
Very clear and helpful, thank you.

Author mizzbeehave (8 months)
wooooooooooow! thanks

Author Angel Layne (8 months)
two words... totally. awesome.

Author doveraudio (9 months)

Author Steven Lopez (10 months)
holy Sh*t this is sorcery

Author Bill Wehrmacher (10 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 JooShii Osorio (10 months)
Muchas Gracias!!!! en verdad me ha servido mucho, saludos desde México

Author R Simpson (10 months)
You are one-in-a-million Jolie...thank you so much.

Author Keith Weightman (10 months)
Thanks for making it clear and simple!

Author Efraín Ramírez Rodríguez (11 months)
Yhanks :) Great Tutorial!

Author Matthew Soukup (11 months)
very helpful!

Author Travis Reed (11 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 (1 year)
You made my day! :)

Author Aerin Kawaii (1 year)
This is really help a lot! Thank you so much :)

Author Tommy Jensen (1 year)
Thanks! Your video is exactly what I was looking for.

Author Tracy L (9 months)
Very nice. Subbed!

Author Jun dela Cruz (1 year)

Author Loic COBBINA (6 months)
Thank for this exellent tutorial

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

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