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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
:bow:
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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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:iconturp:
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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Busger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
thanks for the reply can you check out my latest vector artwork lots of hair in it.
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LeyOnLine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Sooo Awesome man!, I LOVE IT SOOO MUCH!!!, I GONNA TRY TO DO IT...! AND THANKS 4 SHARE IT!
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TrinityRayne Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
how can i make the photo like that? not just the hair i just want a normal picture to be made like how this one is. I'm looking everywhere and its hard to find I guess. Would you kindly help me out? :) Do you have a tutorial for that or something?
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
there's a lot of tutorials on deviantart and on google, vectoring in photoshop tutorials or vectoring tutorials. they're very easy to find :)
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TrinityRayne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
i've looked but i guess i dnt know the right things to look for because i never find exactly what i want lol drives me nuts! xD
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
the only tutorial i've ever really sworn by is by `lemontea and it's for vectoring in photoshop, but illustrator is pretty close. you can check it out i'm pretty sure its on his front page.
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TrinityRayne Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
ty very much :)
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Bagelbagel81 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
hah "a thousand fucking times"
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:b it feels like a million
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SarahCampbell Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
HOLY SHIZNIT you must have ALOT of patience.. But your instructions did give me a good laugh so cheers.. ill give it a go
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turp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
hahaha I look at this now and I'm like holy shit how did you that Kat, I think I had a lot more patience (or free time) when I was younger. I'm glad it's inspired you to try it out though! this is still one of the best looking methods i've found
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ssovashines Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
niz
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LeopardKisses Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thank you so much :). Using right now.
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LeopardKisses Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thank you so much :). Using right now.
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Luminaire17 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011   Digital Artist
wow! that hair is difficult to do..
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
it definitely takes time! its so worth it in the end though :)
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Luminaire17 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Digital Artist
yeah I can imagine that. I'm just really having a hard time right now doing the hair.. By the way, your work is one of the best I had seen so far..
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turp Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you! i feel like doing some hair now haha i really appreciate the compliment :) you should check out verucasalt82 as well if you haven't seen her, i got a lot of my inspiration from her when i first started vectoring and she has some vectors for free download so you can see up close how she does everything :)
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Luminaire17 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Digital Artist
I've just seen verucasalt82's work, I can say that's some pretty advanced stuff .. She's definitely talented.. I'm currently still exploring more vectors to enhance my technique and seeing both your vectors is definitely helping me a lot (inspirationally). So thanks to that.. :) By the way, you should see ultimat3shi3ld , he's actually the one who got me to start doing vector, though he's more famous as a doodle guy now, and.... he's also my brother :)..
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Fr00tloops Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to learn how to paint a picture like that but I just can't figure it out!
Could you maybe refer me to a good tutorial that explain how you paint this way? :) 'Cause I freaking love it!!
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turp Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well this is a vector, not quite as fluid as painting :b I do have a couple tutorials in my gallery, you can check out the tutorial folder. the one i learned off of was by lemontea, you can find it [link]

but you can find a bunch more just by going through resources >> tutorials >> digital >> vector or vexel :) and you can use either photoshop or illustrator for vectors, i just prefer photoshop because thats what i learned on originally. good luck! especially if you're a photographer you should pick it up fast!
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Fr00tloops Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx! :)
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Dazzhrani Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
wooow perfect.. I love it
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turp Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! :heart:
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Nahumury Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
i love it very much
i have patience but not so so so much like this..
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Cozythrias Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
awesome output but that much hair... wtf nice tut
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turp Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
haha yeah i don't know if im gonna be doing that ever again
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iddesign88 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Simply Wonderful!!
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
glad it could help! :)
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insanesound Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student Artist
Holy sh*t that must have taken some time
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
forever :E
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MYiiO Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
this helps me alot xD tthnks
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
no problem :D
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meniomenio Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
it's awesomeee (:
but i didn't understand the step 6 x)
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:iconturp:
turp Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
basically repeat step three and make the shape look like a hair strand
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TBS-Tobias Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student Interface Designer
YEEAAH! I just finished my first vector! [link]
I just used this tut a little bit though, just for the details.
what do you think about it?
I think your vectors are awesome!
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Flamegrilledsam Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Its worth a try at least xD
nice tut
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turp Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
definitely :b
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Sciwe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Its a totally cool picture. And it doesnt even seem like you used that many colors. :b But why dont you just click 'add pressure' before clicking 'ok' and 'delete path'? With your method it takes almost 1/3 more time... Cause you have to click more strokes. o.O

Thats just weird? xD

Or, is there a good reason you dont do it? :D
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turp Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I dont use stroke path, those are all shapes.
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