Video tutorial: Fix frizzy hair with Photoshop’s Oil Paint filter

This effect lets Photoshop work out how to smooth hair, and then reapplies the fine hair detail to avoid things looking too smooth and artificial. What we’re doing is creating a layer with an effect applied to it, then creating a top layer that is the original image minus everything that changed when the effect was applied.

One thing to note with the Oil Paint filter is that it darkens the image slightly. You can correct this by applying a Levels layer to the affected image and dragging the White Point slider.

If you’re working with particularly difficult hair, you can run this whole process twice. By the second pass, Photoshop will have an even better idea of how to make the hair smooth and straight – however it will look progressively less realistic.

The image we’re using here was taken by photographer Ruth Rose on location in Monaco. The dark skies are the result of using the Black & White filter trick from Computer Arts issue 194, which you can see here.

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