Advanced Hair Retouching Workflow with Sef McCullough

Advanced Hair Retouching Workflow with Sef McCullough

2 Seasons

Hair poses enormous challenges to even the most seasoned commercial retouchers. Sef McCullough shares his ground-breaking processes for tackling the problems hair can create in an image. Sef's methods for isolating, extracting, and recreating hair will forever change your post-production workflow.

Retouching hair is an advanced skill and poses a constant challenge for even the top commercial retouchers. Hair is complex by nature. It can be fine, thick, corse, smooth and often out of focus. In over 10 years of high end commercial retouching, Sef McCullough has developed a variety of systematic and repeatable methods for cleaning up, isolating and extracting hair in Photoshop. Join Sef in his second PRO EDU tutorial where Sef gives an in-depth look at his ground-breaking processes and workflows for retouching hair. These methods are what sets him apart and puts him in front of the most demanding clients in the world.

After completing this tutorial you will know all of the commercial workflow methods to extract hair in the most efficient and highest quality methods in Photoshop. When you spend less time retouching while achieving better results, your business will prosper.

Advanced Hair Retouching Workflow with Sef McCullough
  • Introduction

    Episode 1

    Welcome to Hair Retouching with high end retoucher, Sef McCullough. Commercial retouching encompasses a tremendous amount of knowledge and application, with techniques and workflow that continue to evolve. Some of the most challenging work involves the unpredictability, unique, and incredibly dyn...

  • Basic Cleanup Part One

    Episode 2

    For the first image, dive in with advanced techniques for hair retouching a fashion portrait in Photoshop. Watch as high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, demonstrates standard practice in retouching flyaways and why those methods simply don't work. Watch comparative examples using the clone stamp t...

  • Basic Cleanup Part Two

    Episode 3

    Continue the hair retouching method on the fashion portrait image. Work to contain, manage, and manipulate the edge of hairline with significant fly-aways. Focus on developing a clean edge and shape that you can control. Utilize gaussian blur, masking, camera RAW filtering and a variety of other ...

  • Natural Edge

    Episode 4

    With the first image complete, transition to a new fashion portrait for a completely different task in hair retouching. Follow high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, in a procedural method for hair extractions and background replacement. Use Photoshop to create custom brushes for creating new hair d...

  • Natural Edge Cleanup

    Episode 5

    Continue retouching the second image, focusing on extraction and background replacement. Use Frequency Separation 2.0, painting techniques, and the power of a median based workflow, to manage volume and dimension within the body of hair. Digitally comb hair with a realistic, natural, high end loo...

  • Natural Edge Eyelashes

    Episode 6

    Create a custom brush in Photoshop, to paint realistic, styled and natural eyelashes. Manage shape dynamics to develop the perfect fade and taper. Manage opacity, flow and stroke to create beautiful, crafted and dimensional eyelashes for a fashion style image.

  • Natural Edge Low Contrast

    Episode 7

    For the third image in the this retouching series, formulate a process for hair retouching when working with low contrast images. Work in multiple color spaces to extract a precise channel pull. Manipulate RAW data, using Smart Objects. Comparatively analyze multiple methods for creating a channe...

  • Textured Hair Extraction

    Episode 8

    Move forward to a new, fun and textured hair example, applying channel pull methodology for a clean extraction from the background. Tackle fringing, manage background color bleed. Working with a select image from photographer, Adam Levey, follow high end retoucher, Sef McCullough to create a brig...

  • Color Grading Part One

    Episode 9

    With new processes and a procedural workflow in hand, tackle the toughest image yet in a hair retouching workflow. Watch high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, use a variety of methods and iterate through problem solving to create a vibrant, colorful, creative image. Use a variety of methods from th...

  • Color Grading Part Two

    Episode 10

    Continue the hair retouch for the fifth and final image in this hair retouching series. Focus on defringing, using a color map, creating clean masks Learn how to analyze what hair detail to keep and what to eliminate as high end retoucher, Sef McCullough works step by step to manage the most comp...

  • Color Grading Creative

    Episode 11

    Having completed the primary goals of extraction and cleanup, move forward into the story component of the retouch on this final image in the series. Using Photoshop, manipulate color saturation, hue to create a dynamic, complimentary image. Manipulate gradients, control banding, and see the powe...

  • The Wrap Up

    Episode 12

    Congratulations! You have successfully completed the Hair Retouching training series with high end retoucher, Sef McCullough. But the learning doesn't end here. We encourage you to continue to apply these concepts to your work and share the results with our community. Our goal is to see you utili...