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.: Hair Tutorial :. by turp .: Hair Tutorial :. by turp
Okay people. You ask me how do I do my hair? It's not magic! It's not real talent! And now you can do it too if you have the patience. I'm writing this assuming you know a little bit about using the pen tool in photoshop.

1. Make a line.

2. Put a point in the middle of the line.

3. Hold ctrl (or the mac equivalent of ctrl) and click on the new point, then drag.

4. Close the shape.

5. Make a point on the new line.

6. Ctrl drag to match up with your previous curve.

7. Use the handlebars to manipulate your curve however you'd like.

8. Repeat a thousand fucking times and voi la! Pull the 'magic' out of your ass and impress your friends with a wonderful head of vectored hair :)

I'm sorry if I've disappointed any of you, I'm not amazing. My method is simple, I just have a lot of patience with what I do and love doing it. Although sometimes works like Angelina drive me slowly insane.

Tip: I start off with the lighter shades of hair, and to minimize your layer count use the 'add to shape area (+)' tool. The thinner the strand, the more detailed your hair will come out. Once I've done a lot of thinner, more detailed hairs, I start layering thicker strands behind them, and finally large shapes to fill in any blank areas that I missed. Adding a few stray hairs here and there help your picture to look more realistic. I use colours for hair directly from the photo but that doesn't stop me from changing them around to fit with everything else better.

Any questions? Feel free to note me. If you have no idea how to use the pen tool, I suggest you take a look at Lemon Tea's Vector Guide 3.0 for the basics.
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RedPixies Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
wow. very helpful for a beginner like me :D
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turp Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
awesome! good look on your future vectors :D
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Busger Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I have some free time again so I wanted to improve my vector skills, so I had a question do you use gradients in the hair color? or is every hair a solid fill.
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turp Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I use gradients when I'm doing more blocky, pop styled vectors but with realistic stuff I do solid colours. I would definitely be curious to see that style with gradients though :)
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Busger Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
So in this vector you only used solid colors. At the darker and lighter places you use shorter strokes off hair ? Or is there a solid background behind it with a dark color ?
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turp Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes to the last option :) i start off doing the light streaks very thin and fine, then work my way down the colour scale and block in all the gaps at the end with solid darker colours. it's all about putting depth into the hair, you want to have streaks fade into others and fade into the darker hairline
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SuperLamhot Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
woo... thank you.
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turp Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Busger Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Very nice work, I do have a question, do change the color during pentool drawings or after all the hair is done
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turp Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
usually during the drawing, but i'm constantly taking breaks while doing pieces like this to take a step back (zoom out) and see how it all looks together. then i'll adjust whatever stands out.
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