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Compositing Animals Photoshop Tutorial by conzpiracy Compositing Animals Photoshop Tutorial by conzpiracy
Ever struggle with hair and whiskers? Well it's time to rejoice, as Photoshop's powerful Refine Edge function makes these woes a thing of the past :D

Head on over to SurrealPSD to get the full video: Compositing Animals Photoshop Video Tutorial


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meihua-stock Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very useful, thank you for using my stock to demonstrate :)
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KittyCupcake02 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Awesome!
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated :)
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wolfofdoom3 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Thanks for help.:)
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No probs :)
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ariexp Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love tigers! Support tigers at : www.wwf.org/
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome 8-)
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Em-S5 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Thanks! I always have a hard time getting hair details when editing. 
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, hope this helps then :)
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Cool
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated :)
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PixelatedDream Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! that was one of the most helpful tutorials I've ever seen!
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed :)
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ticor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man. :) Very useful.
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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AlexVonD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Back in my day we used the pen tool to draw a selection.
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In my day, we still do.. Otherwise works like these would be nigh on impossible:



8-)
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AleciaShepherd Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Mostly...

I strive for ultra-realism, and digital layers make it easier.  :(

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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ultra-Realism is kinda my thang 8-)
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AlexVonD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I love those a lot. An artist that your works kind of remind me of are Kevin Llewellyn. I am self taught in Photoshop I started learning it at age 10 so the Pen tool for the longest time was the only thing I knew how to do. I then learned how to use the selection tool almost 5 years a go so I use a mix of the two now.
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good stuff, I'll check out the artist you mentioned. There's a tool for every occasion, and when dealing with hair / fur - Refine Edge really does bring the goods 8-)
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AlexVonD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the tip!
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CHIEFironhawk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
insane!!! (in a good way not bad) :P
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Kool, thanks :D
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GregoryStephenson Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
One of the main reasons I'm 99.9% an 'analogue' artist is the cutting things out digitally. Even my own scribbles with troublesome hair. I won't get involved with such things until there is a 'You know what I mean' filter. 
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol.. you sir have won the internet today!! :D
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KirenBagchee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The dreaded hair, I hate it! I can actually say I'm sick of cutting things out for composites, maybe that's why I'm enjoying painting so much ha ha
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hair is just too easy these days Kiren.. Refine Edge takes away all the hassle 8-)
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Awesome and shared!
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Koolio, much appreciated Eve 8-)
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Cool Emote + PLZ
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you did that with a filter? :faint: Photoshop has definitely become way too handy. The new generation should have to work much harder than that. :D
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LMFAO :D

The final pic is for illustration purposes!! The walkthrough is just for compositing the fur and whiskers ;p
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I know. No worries. :D I was referring to the extraction. I always had to paint hair/fur carefully with my tablet myself. It's not fair! :D
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I whole-heartedly agree with you my friend, it's just too damn easy these days :nod:

Anywho.. there's no getting round the Pen Tool though, the true 'man-maker' in Photoshop lol :D
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diphylla Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amen! Even with the new tools such as refine edge I still find myself using pen tool for extractions. Sure, the new tools speed up the process, but there is something beautiful to me in knowing you extracted it out by hand. Also, I'd rather paint lines, hair/fur, (insert whatever here) with the pen tool or brush than have a tool do it for me. Don't get me wrong I still study the latest techniques to keep in my tool kit in case I need them, but I like my slow process. Not to mention, if these tools ever disappear (I know they won't but HYPOTHETICALLY) a lot of tool reliant artists would be up a creek with only a pen tool paddle. 
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ive never been a fan of the 'stylised' painted hair, as Im a hyper-real artist predominantly.. so Refine Edge really does do the trick in these instances.

It's good to keep up to date with different techniques though, thanks so much for sharing your insights 8-)
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diphylla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with you that refine edge is a fantastic tool for artists driven by creating a more realistic edge rather than the painterly style. Although, I do see the perks of refine edge for artists who implement painting as well. 

In all honesty, having all of the options we do as digital manipulators can be a blessing and a curse. There is no two manipulators that are alike in process, which is why I think new artists coming into our medium become confused and overwhelmed. For instance, if you look up how to blend, extract, or even paint hair there are no two techniques alike for any of these processes. They may be similar but they will vary due to personal preference and knowledge of the individual artist who wrote the tutorial. Also, until awesome people like you starting writing amazing tutorials for our medium hardly any existed. Hopefully, as our medium grows with the assistance of knowledgeable artists such as yourself we will begin to see books for our medium, defined terms, and a basic process for beginner artists to follow. Thanks again for the tutorials and allowing me to you blog in your comments conz! :D
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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