Fast Hair

 
Fast Hair
Author: Vlad Gerasimov
URL:    http://www.vladstudio.com How to quickly draw a creature with hairy body.

In this short tutorial, I'll share the technique I discovered while trying to quickly draw a creature with hairy body. Ideally, you need Wacom and a lot of time - then the hair you draw will be very good indeed. However, I found that this technique is not bad too, and it's much faster.

So, to start with, create a shape of... something :-)
 
Fast hair - Step 1

I made this shape only as example.
 
Fast hair - Step 2

Create new layer, fill it with grey.
 
Fast hair - Step 3

Apply a lot of Noise effect (Filter menu - Noise - Add noise) - about 150.
 
Fast hair - Step 4

Set layer opacity to 60-70% - so that you can see the edges of shape you made before. Then, switch to Smudge tool.
 
Fast hair - Step 5

  
In Smudge tool settings (on top bar), open Brush window, and from default brushes, select the one that has 100 as default size (third from end). Keep strength at 50%.
 
Fast hair - Step 6

With your mouse (or pen), make a lof os short strokes in the directions that you want your hair to follow.
 
Fast hair - Step 7

Move by move, smudge the area that overlays above the shape, plus some area around it. Do not leave un-smudged noised areas inside your shape.
 
Fast hair - Step 8

Apply Sharpen effect - Filter - Sharpen - Sharpen. Then again, and again, until the hair is sharp enough.
 
Fast hair - Step 9

Finally, group this layer with previous (Layer menu - Create clipping mask) and set its blend mode to Overlay. Ta-da!

(This particular image does not look very polished, but you get the idea? :-)
 
Fast hair - Step 10

From that, with another couple of touches, we can make... a weird hairy creature!
 
Fast hair - Step 11
   


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3 Responses to "Fast Hair"

 
john@johnpash.com Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 14 Dec 2008 9:29:39 AM MDT
I love it! I didn't think hair could be done in Photoshop without a huge effort. This makes it look easy.

 
Tim Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on 30 Apr 2009 6:54:08 AM MDT
There seems to be a huge leap in difference between the penultimate picture and the last picture. What were the few tweaks you did to go from one to the other?

 
john Rating: ratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 08 May 2009 3:31:52 AM MDT
very poor!! nothing new, practice more to create realistic photoshop tutorials.




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