December 4, 2022


Capturing Magic Moments

How to quickly remove flyaway hair on a subject’s face in Photoshop

1 min read

One of the most common and annoying problems that portrait photographers have to deal with is flyaway hairs, which can be particularly annoying when running down your subject’s face. Nonetheless, you can quickly and convincingly get rid of them using Photoshop, and this great video tutorial will show you how to do just that.

This helpful video tutorial by Justin Laurens shows you how to use Photoshop to remove flyaway hairs that are crossing your subject’s face. In general, if the flyer is over a blurry, bokeh-laden background, you can quickly remove it easily with the Clone Stamp or Healing Brush tool, but if it crosses the skin, especially the face, you’ll need to be more careful as you’d like replacing it with a believable skin texture and tone. While some overflyers are often unavoidable, if you can cut them down during the shoot, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the post. Having a travel-size bottle of hairspray in your bag can make a world of difference, especially if you shoot outdoors a lot, and your clients will appreciate it, too. Check out the video above for Laurens’ full rundown.

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