We can never have too many techniques in our arsenals; the more we know how to use the better equipped we are to call upon them alone or in combination when faced with a particularly difficult task.
I'm starting this thread after reading yet another hair-isolation and repair technique on the MacDesignPro website. The direct link to David Nagel's article will be in the first reply, below. If you'd like to add more links, just shoot me an email (get my address by clicking on my user name).
Note: Apologies if you run into dead links. I just don't have time to keep checking on them to make sure they remain valid.
Cleaning Up a Dirty Hair Mask in Photoshop CS
Using Photoshop's paint tools to add in what masking takes away
Russell Brown's site has some great tips in QuickTime movie format. Hope you have a nice fast connection, or a great deal of patience.
The following link to a QT movie "Advanced Masking" has been created for Photoshop 7.0 or newer, and weighs in at 21 MB. As the blurb says on his site, this one isn't for beginners.
Graphic-Design.com has a page of links about masking.
As of the time of this post, most links remain valid:
Here's a really useful and informative tutorial on masking trees, from Anson Vogt at Phong.com.
Learning the techniques here, you should have a much better handle on extracting other difficult objects so that they blend will on a different background.
(Thanks to Jim Dempsey at CreativeGuy.com.)
For a decent overview of 5 different techniques for isolating a foreground object, have a look at the following link.
From the article:
From Lyn Eggleston in the PS for Windows Forum comes the following collection
of background isolation articles from the "Graphicssoft.About.com" pages:
Here's another angle on masking for hair and other "fuzzy" edges.
The link takes you to a summary article on the CreativePro website.
On that page, there will be a link to a lengthy PDF tutorial.
Also on the page linked below will be links to the image files used in the tutorial.