Tutorial on Body Hair in Photoshop

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When you use Adobe Photoshop for a makeover, you are able to achieve results sometimes not even possible in a salon. For example, try out what less hairy legs would look like without committing to painful waxing, messy creams or a long time waiting for hair to grow. Photoshop's graphic design tools help add or take away body hair in a couple of clicks, with the ability to match skin and hair colour for a more realistic appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Instructions

    Adding Body Hair

  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Click the "File" menu and select "Open." Browse to the image, and double click it. When the image opens in Photoshop, press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys to zoom in on one area to add hair in a place such as the jawline.

  2. 2

    Click the "Eyedropper" tool on the "Tools" pane. Click the cursor on a strand of hair elsewhere on the body or head to grab that colour in the "Color Picker."

  3. 3

    Click the "Brush" tool. Pull down the brush head menu, and scroll to the #112 brush (as of CS5, the latest version of Photoshop), the single strand of hair. Slide the "Size" bar to "4."

  4. 4

    Click and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the cursor across the area to add hair. Hair is deposited strand by strand. If the strands are too long or short, slide the "Size" bar to the new appropriate length.

  5. 5

    Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Enter a new name for the image in the "File name" box, and click the "Save" button.

    Removing Body Hair

  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Click the "File" menu and select "Open." Browse to the image and double click it. When the image opens in Photoshop, press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys to zoom in on one area of body hair, such as an arm or the back.

  2. 2

    Click the "Clone Stamp" tool on the "Tools" pane. Hover the cursor over an area of skin directly next to the hairy spot that does not have hair. Press and hold down the "Alt" key. Click the left mouse button one time. Release the "Alt" key, copying the hairless portion of skin into Photoshop's memory.

  3. 3

    Move the cursor directly over the hairy spot. Click the left mouse button, depositing the hair-free copy of skin, basically erasing the hair. Move the cursor, and click again around the same area until that body part is free of hair.

  4. 4

    Repeat the "Alt" click process on each body part, because the skin of that area may be slightly different, and you want to make the look as realistic as possible.

  5. 5

    Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Enter a new name for the image in the "File name" box, and click the "Save" button.

Tips and warnings

  • Adding body hair -- much like the actual act of growing versus removing -- is a much more detailed, intricate process than erasing it on screen. While Photoshop offers the tools to do both tasks, removing hair has a much higher likelihood of looking realistic.

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