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Fur Mask

Photoshop provides several tools, which make cropping an object out of an image really easy until you reach the fur or hair. Have you ever wondered how to cut out furry animals or how to cut hair in Photoshop? Managing bunches of hair or thousand strands of fur flowing in multiple directions can be terrifying for any selection job, whether it’s for the reason that you have to apply a selective edit, take out the background or to blend multiple images together. Especially when you’ve to deal with a dark or detailed background where there isn’t adequate contrast amongst the area you want to keep and the portions you don’t. But, luckily, with few tricks and tools like select and mask, cutting out fur or hair is no more a complex task.

Fur Mask is basically a channel mask around the model or product, which is used to soften the fur or hair edge that could not make out in path. Channel Masking or Soft mask in Photoshop involves masking methods with CMYK, RGB, and several other custom channels. It is the best way to complete a clipping path in order to achieve sophisticated images.

This is the swiftest and most powerful method to select or remove the background of any object while cutting around the furry, hairy, frizzy, or zigzag edge of an image with a fine and soft path. With the help of soft masks, you can effortlessly take out or remove the background of a translucent image, change it to transparent or even place it on another background.

Soft Masks are the cornerstones of this process. The most significant feature of masking is that it does not erase any pixel data; it only hides them by masking. As a result, you can recover it anytime in the future. Moreover, it allows for the creation of flexible interface elements as well. If you wanted to know about channel masking in Photoshop cc, this will help you.

Using the Brush tool:

Along the option bar for the brush, you can find a few simple but very powerful settings, which decide the shape and the strength of the brush that you are selecting. These settings impact largely on the application of the paint by the brush.

The brush tool lets you draw over the particular areas where you wish to apply any changes, and hence this is a non-destructive workflow that lets you change the adjustment any time with the application of new brushwork to that mask. With the brush tool, you can focus on the fine details, such as the stray pieces of hair or fur, their edges, and those areas where the background can be seen within a thinner area of fur or hair.

Select a brush tool and set the brush tip shape to transfer and select Fade in the control panel.
Put the fade level as per the dimensions of the fur.

After selecting the above toolset, create a new blank channel in the channel panel.
Then brush as per the shape of the fur.

Many a time, masking fur or hair leaves an edge, which is not pretty right and is often a little brighter compared to the backgrounds, known as a halo.

Be careful that the final image should be without a halo. Cross-check the image by applying different colors to the background in the layer palette.

Furthermore, while masking itself is a simple concept, the real skill takes substantial learning, practice, and time to master. The method we have discussed is to give you a taste of the advanced masking tools and techniques. But, there are loads of different kinds of images to mask and thus a lot of different tricks and methods, which might be more appropriate for your project.