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02-24-2011, 04:53 AM
Ready to go crazy again with the best
software around ?
I hear some have troubles with the selections
in ArtRage Studio Pro 3 . Mainly
the delicate kind of selections tend to
give us grey hairs.....Talking about
hair...hair is THE most difficult selection
to make.....if it’s not my hair, that is
What do you need? Well, besides two pictures,
you will need the free plug in called “ghost”
from “Flaming Pear”. Download for free here :
Windows :

02-24-2011, 04:54 AM
Ok, now we are set. Load the picture with the
hair, to select.(1) ;In the layers menu for that
layer, we select “duplicate layer”. Now you
have a copy above your picture, that will serve
for the mask, to separate the girl from her background.

02-24-2011, 04:55 AM
To do that we alter the color of that layer. (2)
Select edit > Adjust Layer Color...(see picture)

02-24-2011, 04:56 AM
Take the lower slider called “color”, and take out all color
of this layer. Don’t worrie, the picture will remain a colored
picture, just this layer get’s affected.
Don’t click OK yet, do that in the next stage (4) where
you alter a few other settings....
While the menu is still open, change the contrast to a high
point, and upp the brightness also. The intention is to get
as much contrast between the girl,and the space around her.
Now you can click OK.

02-24-2011, 04:57 AM
Now take your favourite painting tool, to paint the whole face
black.,and other parts that are not black, that need to stay on the
Here are some strands white, paint those black too, the arms,
folds in the shirt, paint it all black.
When that is done, set your
color to white.
Now make the background all
white.Take care not to overpaint
the loose hairs, because
otherwise they will get lost in
the selection...

02-24-2011, 04:59 AM
Now it’s time to take out our filter.
Go to :
Edit > Filters > Flaming Pear >
Ghost. You will see much more
filters to play with, but I only use
this one, I erased the others...
Now comes the magic....

02-24-2011, 05:00 AM
As you can see on the thumbnails in the layersmenu, the black/white layer is
changed to only black, the white got transparant.(9)
In the menu for that layer, select “New Stencil From Layer
This is the reason for the filter “ghost”. Without it, you
would have a stencil from the picture, wich is a rectangle.
We would need a more refined stencil than just that rectangle.
Now we have a selection with the hair.

02-24-2011, 05:04 AM
Rightclick on the stencil, and choose:
“Invert The Stencil”

02-24-2011, 05:05 AM
Import the picture, intended as background into a layer
below the colored picture of our young lady.
The order of the layers is seen here on the right.
On top is the black ‘selection’ layer, below that the girl,
and on the bottom, the new background.
Now use the eraser tool, on a wide tip. And erase all the
background that was in the picture with the girl. The places
where the stencil is, will remain intact.

02-24-2011, 05:08 AM
Richtclick in the stencil, and choose : “remove This Stencil”
The red stencil will go away,leaving us with the needed pictures.Only the girl is still black.
Select the black layer, and choose : “Delete Layer” from
it’s layer menu.
Now you will see the result of your hard work......

02-24-2011, 05:24 AM
Thank You Hanzz.

btw, will you be doing tuts on all the other freebies contained in the Flamingpear folder :p

02-24-2011, 06:27 AM
Thank You Hanzz.

btw, will you be doing tuts on all the other freebies contained in the Flamingpear folder :p

Thanks, no I won't do any flaming pear tuts on other filters. Why? because I deleted all the others but ghost. It's also an incredibly good filter to separate the pencil lines from the background in your scanned sketches.:cool::cool:

02-25-2011, 11:37 AM
Great tut - thank you Hanzz :D
BTW, where about did you find the flaming pear filter?

02-26-2011, 03:32 AM
I don't know, I have it for so long. I used it for importing my scanned drawings in Painter (when I still used painter...:D) ghost is the only one I ever used from the set ,really..;)

02-26-2011, 05:41 AM
Nice tutorial Hanzz :)

@ Rowena:

I see you're looking for the "Ghost" filter. I don't know where to get that particular filter, but I do know where you can get one called "Eraser Classic" which can be used instead. It can be downloaded from this LINK (http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/eraserclassic.htm). Just follow along with Hanzz's tutorial, and when you get to the point where you're supposed to use the "Ghost" filter, open and use the "Eraser Classic" filter instead.

02-26-2011, 06:01 AM
The link to the filters is in the first post. Windows and apple. Ghost is somewhere in the package.
You'll get a big selection of filters, and there is even a pdf file presenting them all , in the file.

For all again, here is the windows-link (http://www.flamingpear.com/dl/freebies.zip)
and here is the Apple - link (http://www.flamingpear.com/dl/freebies.dmg)

I hope this helped.;)

Mike Severoff
03-13-2011, 05:38 AM
superb! thanks!

03-13-2011, 08:52 AM
This has a few more steps than my fancy Topaz filters, with the added advantage of being free. And it works so well. Now more Ragers can experience ArtRage as a great platform for photo-manipulation. Thanks! :D