Remove the background from hair in GIMP – tutorial (Cut out hair)

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In this GIMP tutorial you’ll learn some techniques to remove the background from an image with hair. Cut out hair. I’m explaining step by step in this “How to in GIMP” so you’ll know how to make a cut out of an image with hair. I’m using layer masks, the clone tool and give some tips on the burn tool in GIMP. A lot of the techiniques I used I’ve learned and/or adapted from this video from blackmoondev: The reason I adapated it is because I tried to make it easy to follow for gimp beginners as well. Here’s a link to the image I used: Long discussion with lots of hair cut out tips:


how2websiteblog says:

Brilliant Tutorial, looking for more gimp tutorials. Definitely worth a share on my blog!

Mario Cesar Oga says:

I’m glad I have found your channel! 🙂 really a big help for tyros like me. subscribed!

boughies says:

Great tutorials. I’ve just subscribed. That’s one hardcore Dutch accent!

Kathy809RD says:

I am trying to do this but the contrast of my hair and the background it’s not that much 🙁

lazydogfilms30 says:

Brilliant tutorial. Deleting background from a picture which contains details like hair can be time consuming.

AbrakaZunda says:

Awesome! I’m a Gimp noob and quite a ways from doing this kind of thing, but it’s nice to know what I’ll be able to do eventually! Thanks so much.

Edward Bonczak says:

not universal , only this photo

HaloBalla says:

Very well done, thank you very much.

Kingdaro557 says:

I’ve been wondering how to do this for ages. Thank you so much.

morlock2012 says:


Josh Howell says:

Still having trouble using this technique I’m afraid. Trying to do it on a photo with a person that has different light sources on their skin. In essence I’m not able to easily white out them from the background.

Josh Howell says:

Had the same problem, I don’t know the solution either. I do know that if you go one point ahead you can move the previous one typically. Though I’ve had edges of images not take the points near the edge etc…

Josh Howell says:

I’ve been struggling with this for some time thx a million!

Frido Kelly says:

you’re dutch i recognize our accent 😀

Shafayee Raian says:

nicely done.. its a very useful tutorial. thumbs up!

Venice2518 says:

Does this method work if a background in picture is black?

anonymousmaple2012 says:

If ya make a mistake with the magic sissors (and you have 50+ points laid down) how do ya back up one “point”? I’ve always had to start over…….frustrating

Simone Ricciardelli says:

very good

n00t00ba says:

Gimp Pro 2000 v.7.8 beta

Eyemanisha says:

i work nice

thislittlepiggy88 says:

what version of gimp is this?

MrCitiezn says:

You’re a Pro! thank you so much

ZOoMBunnIE39 says:

I wish I’d known how to do this YEARS ago….excellent tut; I’m subscribed, and am gonna start learning 4 real…1 lesson a day 4 60 days….thanx, teach!

Rich Kingsford says:

Great video!

ltlane777 says:

how can i do this with a red background?

LordThomsie says:

what do you do with blonde haired people?

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Tapout2009MarlonR says:

Wow your a beast!! That was great thank you

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