Refining Masks with a Fur Brush

Here is how to create refined masks for furry things:

  1. Create a new document with a white background (>File >New >Create)
  2. Enable the >Curvature Pen tool, choose black as the foreground color and set the mode to >Shape on the options bar
  3. Create a vertical line on the canvas by clicking in the top area and in the bottom area; click on the top point again to close the path
  4. Create an anchor point at the center of the line and drag out to the left, creating a circle segment
  5. Set another anchor point at the center of the line and drag left slightly less to create a shape that resembles a strand of hair
  6. Go to >edit, choose >define brush preset, give it a name and press >ok

As a starting point (adjust as needed):

  1. Adjust the brush settings by clicking on the brush settings icon on the options bar
  2. Increase >Spacing to e.g. 65%
  3. Enable >Shape Dynamics and increase >Size Jitter to 12%
  4. Add >Angle Jitter of 1% while setting >Control to >Direction
  5. Enable >Scattering and increase >Scatter to 20% and >Count to 6
  6. Save by clicking on the >Fly-out Menu choose >New Brush Preset and enter a name

To apply on a mask:

  1. Select your mask and contract it to create room for painting with the fur brush by selecting >Filter >Other > Minimum
  2. Select a radius (e.g. 8 Pixels) that fits the resolution of your image
  3. Select white as the foreground color, zoom-in to the edge and start painting (Note: use [ or ] to adjust the brush and "left arrow" or "right arrow" to adjust the angle of the brush
  4. To match "out of focus fur" go to >Filter >Blur >Gaussian Blur and select a radius that best matches the image blur
  5. To correct for color casts, add a new layer, clip it to the layer below with >Ctr Alt G, select a soft round brush hold the >Alt key and select the correct color of the fur to paint on the edge


First seen in a Video Tutorial (chapter "Custom Brushes for Masking" at timestamp 1:50) shared by Jesús Ramirez on the Photoshop Training Channel

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