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Fun With Facial Hair

Photoshop provides a pretty easy way to make some fairly realistic looking facial hair. This tutorial will show you how fun and easy it is to add facial hair to a photo.

Select the Brush tool B and under the Brush menu find the Dune Brush and select it.

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TIP: You can choose to view your brushes by selecting "Text Only" from your brush menu.

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Use the Eyedropper tool I and sample the color of your person's hair. Hold the Alt and sample another, slightly different, color of your person's hair.

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Now we're going to go through the wonderful Brushes Palette. You can open it by going to Window > Brushes or by pressing F5.

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This is where all the magic happens. Under "Shape Dynamics" we're going to: increase the Angle Jitter a bit, decrease the Roundness Jitter a bit, and check both the Flip X Jitter and Flip Y Jitter checkboxes.

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Under "Scattering" we can control how dense we want the hair to be. We're going to start her off with a little 5'o click shadow. So I'll set the Scatter to around 200% and the Count to 2.

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Under "Color Dynamics" I'm just going to increase the Hue Jitter slightly.

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Now I'll just create a new layer Ctrl + Shift + N and decrease my brush size to something small... like 5 or 6. Then just start painting in the appropriate areas.

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Now let's say we wanted to make the hair a little thicker. All we have to do is increase the Brush size slightly (8 or 9 here) and start painting again.

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Just keep playing with the "Scattering" settings, Brush size, and color to get different types of hair. You can even play around with the Layer modes and duplicating the layers.

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Fun With Facial Hair

See? So much fun.

Update

Since a few people were having troubles with the brushes, you can download my brushes here. You might see a few extra brushes, but the hair one is at the bottom.

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