windblown hair effect?

Posted on 2006-03-28
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
Hello all, I'm working on an project that starts with a static photo of a girl on the beach. All you see is the back of her head.

Is there any way to add a few strands or wisps of hair that look like they are blowing in a gentle breeze? I was thinking I could adjust the opacity so it blended in with the static image. It can be subtle...

Another option would be to use a vector image of a girl instead. Here's a link to the photo.

Your ideas are welcome. Thanks!
Question by:fugu
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    Accepted Solution

    Requires some photoshop skills, but personally I would use 2 images, and fade them over each other to simulate the effect.

    In phtoshop use the smudge tool to blend the hair out to the left randomly.

    Do the same on the second picture, and fade the second in and out over the first.  Should get pretty good results.

    Here's a really quick sloppy example:

    You can do alot better than that if you put some time into doing the hair better.


    Author Comment

    hey great idea sam! i hadn't thought about the smudge tool.

    I think this will work for me, that way I can keep the photorealism. I'll play around tomorrow.


    Author Comment

    Here are your points.  Thanks for the idea.
    LVL 17

    Expert Comment

    Try with swishmax.

    BR Dushan

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