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Selahs art
12-26-2006, 12:57 PM
I need to know, does any one know how to do a portait face solid, hair faded out to nothing?
Help please


12-26-2006, 04:34 PM
What do you mean by 'portrait face solid'?

12-26-2006, 10:17 PM
You would use a fade to transparent gradient mask, which would fade out the picture from wherever you choose.


Selahs art
12-27-2006, 04:40 AM
I use Coreldraw photopaint 11, Gimp and Adobe photoshop 6, could you explain more, I select the face and work on the hair, but then I dont seem to be keeping grain of the hair.

Selahs art
01-17-2007, 01:26 AM
Maybe this would explain it more

Here I have started on the top of the head, but seem to loose some of the grain of the hair I would like it to fade out gradually.
Maybe I am just not thinking, the right direction in tools.



01-17-2007, 11:03 AM
Looks great, just a thought ..... try using another layer for the edges that you want to fade and then you can just lower the opacity to what you want , then merge the layers and blend the edges

01-17-2007, 11:55 AM
Hi Retha!
Gradient masks are very easy to apply, and far more faster and accurate for what you want to achieve.
You can click on F1 in Photoshop, (the help files) which will explain how to use them. I believe Gimp also offers them but am not familar with Corel Photopaint.

A Web Search, with the keywords "Gradient Mask tutorial" at www.dogpile.com (MUCH more concise than google) will give you about 50 hits of different ways to use a gradient mask. Web Design Library has a fairly easy to follow tutorial.
Once you are comfortable with using gradient masks, you will find them invaluable for all kinds of images.

Hope this helps!

Selahs art
01-18-2007, 12:17 AM
thanks Madster,
I will check on that.


01-18-2007, 04:56 AM
As good as I understand you can't do nothing with fade
because you always will loose the fine detail.
I think what you wanna know and need is to extract (select)
the person from the photo.
I have gimp installed and took a look.
You can select/by color in gimp too !.
also read the manual about adding more selections or color.
Than you can past it into a new layer and with a mask
or repaint (with some hystory tool), depending how the program can do this,
you can adjust the fine details from the hair.
With photoshop you can paint a mask over it (gimp also)
enlarge the picture for better painting over the details.




Selahs art
01-18-2007, 03:42 PM
Thanks Johan


01-22-2007, 03:03 PM
The way I use to do it is to use the quick mask in Photoshop. Using the
quickmask it is possible to actually draw a selection. I don't know if you've
seen it - and/or used it already - but it is there as a small icon underneath
the foreground and background colors.

I use to turn the quick mask on and cover the things that I want to cut out
in red. Since you can zoom as much as you want and use all kinds of brushes
you can paint the area you want to cut ut with as much detail as you want.
Down to the 1600% zoom level if you'd like.

[ Note that the parts painted "red" in the quick mask mode is the part that
isn't marked when the quick mask is exited. I do however feel more
comfortable painting the things that I want to copy - and then use inverse
selection after I'm done to get the same results as the opposite "correct"
way. ]

The cool thing about the quick mask is that the opacity of the brush also
determines how many "percents" of the area painted in the quick mask mode
that should be lifted during a copy/cut/delete operation. 100 percent opacity
means 100%, 50% opacity means 50% and 0% means 0%.

Using this feature I use to use the smudge tool to fix areas where I want the
opacity to go from 100% to 0%. Hair I often do with a rather small brush and
with about 60-75% of preassure. Then I smudge the hair from the parts that I
want to be completely cut out to the parts that I want to fade into
nothingness. Once I am done I exit the quick mask mode, and do whatever I
want with the marked area. I usually copy it into a new layer. Just to isolate
it from the original background image.

I haven't been working in PS for a while now, so I had only my memory to help
me write this description. Hopefully it isn't way off. If I had PS installed I'd
compile some screenshots further explaining my way of doing it.

Selahs art
01-23-2007, 01:55 AM
Thanks a lot.....