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MichaelO's Hair Tutorial by MichaelO MichaelO's Hair Tutorial by MichaelO
:bulletblue: Final Artwork: [link]

If you have any follow up questions from any steps that are hard to understand, let me know and I will add them here for everyone to see.


Typically, I don't do tutorials (and this will be my only one) but I decided to show how this technique was achieved because it is a very technical style that anyone could have figured out on their own. ...and, I only use this technique occasionally.



Thank you for Daily Deviation #5! You'd think after 5 I would no longer be excited or surprised by them. Oh, how wrong I can be!!!
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Given 2008-12-06
MichaelO's Hair Tutorial by *MichaelO "Beautiful, perfectly drawn hair is the holy grail for many digital artists, and this masterful tutorial goes through a simple process using the pen tool in Photoshop to create perfectly formed and sharp results only normally associated with full vector graphics." ( Suggested by Elandria and Featured by znow-white )
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Simone7777 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you
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zerogalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup::nod:
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Garaguchy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thanks!!! really cool
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enely Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful <3
thank you
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ikkeno Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Thank you very much sir!
Cant wait for the book if you ever make one. Seriously, just show me where to send my money!
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Dark-Voices Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try :D thanks
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Enkida Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I love you if just for one reason only. I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS A SIMULATE PRESSURE BUTTON ON THE PEN STROKE OPTION.

Oh my god, I am NEVER using a tablet to draw again. Thank you thank you thank you thank you
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MichaelO Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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SNTP Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
omg i've always wondered how people get the finer strands of hair... it makes so much sense now that i've seen it!
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aliabedian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Excellent out

I like you a digital artist, I feel great and I put in all the samples in my site (DigitalArtist.ir)

Unfortunately I can not speak English well
Because I am able to communicate properly with your
Forgive me if I see my flaws

With best wishes for you and your friends

ali abedian
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yilin123456732 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011   Digital Artist
that's interesting tutorial. I never try it before. thxs
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Miztliyuma Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
More of Your tutos, please! :woohoo:
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BO0Radley Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Neat! Thanks for showing this to us! :)
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borghal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I've featured this tutorial in my journal.
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SpeedFreakKai Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
I think I just figured out what the pen tool is good for in photoshop. xD
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tymora11 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A hair tut for mouse users!? :omfg:

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Marcianek Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
and the ethernal question how to make stroke with different pressure with paths has been solved thanks to your fantastic tutorial
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Cracuz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank for this greet TUT :D
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dvcomk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi.. this is wonderful tutorial.. but i´d like to know if you can help me in a question.
This is for mouse users (my situation). BUT, the pen pressure in my Photoshop CS4 only works with tablet.
I could not make my brushes options appears like your (with fine star and and)
I tryed for days and the brush stroke it´s rounded all long with same size.
Do you know any way to make the brush stroke looks thiny at star and end like your without a tablet installed?
Thankyou so much!

Max.
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LunatiikTwilight Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
dude, watching this makes me realize the fact that I don't know a shoe about photoshop and stuff x) excelent work!
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SneznyBars Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!!
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hiri-kun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Thanks soo much~!!

This helps a LOT!
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AnonaT Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
This tutorial is awesome! I love hair and have trouble drawing it right so this definitely helps! :dance:
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aaronik Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Interface Designer
i finally worked out how to use the pen tool by looking at a video tutorial on deviant art. so i've managed to do this, thanks, hope u go onto some photo manip tutorials so others can learn how to get such sharp clean painting looking creations.
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PacificaArts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the tutorial. I've been learning how to use the Pen tool and am looking for any opportunity or excuse to play with it now. :nod:
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StickyRice43 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
can u pleez make a tutorial for the photo manipulation thing. you're soo incredibly amazing at it, and it's makin me jealous :( its juss.... how do u turn a photo into a realistic lookin drawing/painting/etc?
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Xolaroid Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I love the final result of this tutorial =D
for some reason whenever I go to use stroke path its grayed out. oh well.

a very good tutorial. you should do more. you know you want to
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Nikx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been keeping this in my devwatch inbox since you submitted it so I could check it out when I had the time. I'm glad I did that. And congrats on another DD!
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Rainstater Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
OMG why did i never think of that! oh and your art is amazing!!!!
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lindacooper Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
thx darling.~x
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IvyEnglishStudios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous Tutorial! Thank you so much for posting. I have never used the pen tool before because I didn't understand the use for it. I cant wait to try it!
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MezzoKoA Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial I learned a lot.
You should do more.

And only typo I say was in "Step 1" ... "Started"
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BeehiveStudio Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow! you make hair with vectors :faint: that's stunning
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Waterslug Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Thank you! It's so cool that you've shared your technique. I never knew how to use the pen tool:P This is brilliant! Thx again:D
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EmilyHeatherly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you for this. It is quite helpful.
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Thank you Thank you for doing this tutorial, it helped me tremendously! I almost never fave tutorials, but this one's a definite exception!
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taylorbuck Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great example, thanks for this
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Digital Artist
This is really helpful. Thanks so much for posting it!
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Chamaguchi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I knew how to use the pen tool, but this is a really cool and slick way of creating hair with it! 8D :D
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natasian Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank youuu sooo much for this!
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Great tutorial. It's simplistic, yet effective. Thanks for submitting this! :)

-- Mitch
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Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :D
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saffiremoon21 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
love the tutorial- it looks like something I might be able to actually do
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rigelblack Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thanks for sharing, and I might add: You have a goddman huge patience. o-o
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cabaretdancepunk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thanks for sharing! :D And congratulations on your DD. :)
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
This is great! I've had a tablet for a while now, but there was obviously a time where I didn't. I think it's really noble of you to show non-tablet owners how they can still achieve beautiful results with the pen tool! Great work!
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BIXLE Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
WOW I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THAT..THANK YOU FOR POSTING UP TUTORIALS I APPRECIATE IT AS AN ARTIST AND AS A FRIEND ^-^
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Student Filmographer
Oh, glorious and useful! :iconblushingplz:
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jerungan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Lord of Pen Tool!!!! :worship:
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