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Fast hair

In this short tutorial, I'll share the technique I discovered while trying to quickly draw a creature with hairy body. Ideally, you need Wacom and a lot of time - then the hair you draw will be very good indeed. However, I found that this technique is not bad too, and it's much faster.

So, to start with, create a shape of... something :-)

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I made this shape only as example.

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Create new layer, fill it with grey.

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Apply a lot of Noise effect (Filter menu - Noise - Add noise) - about 150.

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Set layer opacity to 60-70% - so that you can see the edges of shape you made before. Then, switch to Smudge tool.

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In Smudge tool settings (on top bar), open Brush window, and from default brushes, select the one that has 100 as default size (third from end). Keep strength at 50%.

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With your mouse (or pen), make a lof os short strokes in the directions that you want your hair to follow.

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Move by move, smudge the area that overlays above the shape, plus some area around it. Do not leave un-smudged noised areas inside your shape.

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Apply Sharpen effect - Filter - Sharpen - Sharpen). Then again, and again, until the hair is sharp enough.

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Finally, group this layer with previous (Layer menu - Create clipping mask) and set its blend mode to Overlay. Ta-da!
(This particular image does not look very polished, but you get the idea? :-)

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From that, with another couple of touches, we can make... a weird hairy creature!

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Comments {66}

Lucia long ago
thanks for this easy tutorial !!!! it's a good tool to make hair ;)

upul long ago
wow... these guys are really creative why i can't think like that?

Rizuki long ago
that great i must try that!

Luis Angel Raído long ago
great, thanks

marvin long ago
thanks vlad!

Jwan Khalaf long ago
Awesome, you're ACE man

Amber long ago
Wow~it is really amazing!~thank you Vlad! I can't wait to try it myself:)

Melody 5 January 2008
Hahaha!!! I know almost nothing about Photoshop, and gave up learning it after trying to use it to edit my wedding photos, but I certainly LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE what YOU can do with it. And this little orange creature you create? It's soooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!! Could you use him to make a wallpaper for us?

:))):):):) 9 January 2008
i wont that put down easy tutorials thank

kunimitsu 21 January 2008
thanks it's a big help for me. Now I have new information about making wallies n_n

Daniel Small Dickey 2 May 2008
Hi I love harry things and thiis put a new way of seeing harry thing

Grasila 13 May 2008
Awsome I love these tutorials

boo 14 May 2008
Boo you delete mi pic, but thanks for the tutorial

Николай Ax 2 July 2008
Привет Влад, расскажи пожалуйста как ты сделал последнюю картинку? Hi Vlad, please tell how do you do the final image? Thx

argun 25 September 2008
çok teşekkürler

23 December 2008
awesome man thanks to vlad

Rene Kriest 27 January 2009
Total niedlich. :D If you find some spare time what about a cartoon or making a short story of "the fluffy wombat"? I really believe that this is the next big thing.

DANA 31 March 2009
It´s great!, thanks

jesurajjoseph 9 June 2009
very heartly thanks for VLADSTUDIO tutorials. And all creative works very very..........................Excellent.

Jane 3 July 2009
Это здорово! Спасибо огромное!

24 July 2009
:)

helena 20 October 2009
thanks!

23 October 2009
wow amazing..

heathermoor 15 December 2009
yeah...nice..:| but I have now idea about making those eyes..is cool anyway;)

shaghayegh 27 January 2010
thanks.i like it.i am iranian.this site is very good for me.

Bamboocha 13 March 2010
this looks like my brother :))

Andreea 11 April 2010
I couldn't do it...

Mohan 5 November 2010
Cool Idea Man

ashu 27 March 2011
i think you play a joke with photo-shop .after all photo-shop developer cant imagine that his software power.

dhika 26 June 2011
i love u

Gecko 12 August 2011
Here's what I've done using your tutorial: http://i.imgur.com/fPNRe.png

Avril 10 October 2011
very good tutorial :D

6skill 20 December 2011
Absolutely amazing!! Thanks Vlad to make simple impossible things!

Julian long ago
Can any one be kind enough to tell how you got the final image polished up. I have been trying but i cannot get that look you have achieved at the end. Thanx

bAd long ago
Cool...

Din long ago
great, thanks!!!

mohamed long ago
great , thanks

lisa long ago
Amazing! I love how you make things that seem impossible, possible!

Berry long ago
Thank UUUUUUUU~~~~~~

PraphulPA 3 January 2008
Excellent

dpcdpc11 9 January 2008
super tutorial... is this the way you did the hair on the square elephant? and one more thing... i see in the final picture that the edges on the little orange creature are ruff... how can i do that?? the final result looks realy good... could you extend the tutorial to show us how to make the little creature to the end???

D3v:L D3z:Ns 9 January 2008
awesome!! it wll take long to bcm so cre8tive!! Nice tutorials! thnx.

Lena 12 March 2008
So awesome! Thanks.

ramses 17 April 2008
Güzel bir çalışma olmuş...

Nicolai Schneider 6 May 2008
yes! is tried it and it worked really well :) vlad, you're great

Alexandra Black 15 May 2008
you are a photoshop guru! thanks!

Joko 13 July 2008
Woaaa!! its very useful to create mascot!! thanks mr.Vlad!

sniP 18 September 2008
wow cool, thanks Vlad! greetings from Bosnia, Sarajevo city

KEISYUU∞ 1 January 2009
Simple and cool!

GARID 1 February 2009
WOW THANKS :D

peerkook 2 February 2009
du har åbnet mine øjner for en højere grad af brug af programmet. TAK, det er flot!!

Lilix 23 April 2009
Awesome!! its so easy!

srinadh 27 June 2009
Its very Pantastic and awesome its very great useful for me

riunix 17 July 2009
thx fot this tutorial..it's reaLLy easy to followed :D

Majko 13 August 2009
Cool, thank u.

Hi Hero! 21 October 2009
Cooool!!!

stph 6 November 2009
wow no comments

java 2 January 2010
great! i'm gonna try that for the illustrations of a story i'm writing

kiah 27 February 2010
WOW YOU ARE REALY AMAZING YOU REALY ARE A VERY CLEVER MAN AND IM ONLY TEN AND I DEFNTLY DONT KNOW HOW TO DO THAT

8 April 2010
it good

Jerold 18 May 2010
Thaaaaannnnnkkkkssss!

Maria 5 January 2011
You're a genius and very generous. I love your website. Thanks

15 May 2011
simple but really amazing :O :S

Yvan 2 July 2011
You are extremely talented Vlad, I am glad i found your site!

19 August 2011
que fome

nyncuk 12 October 2011
Классный урок, спасибо! Вот такое чудо получилось: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21240760/tuts/pipi.png милый не правда ли?;)

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