Photoshop Tutorial – How to Make Hair or Scratches

Today I figured out how to make an image that looks like hair or scratches using Photoshop CS4. So, I decided to share with all my friends and fans (both of you).

First, I’m not sure if this will work in any other version of PS, so YMMV [1]. If you know of a different/better/easier way of doing this, feel free to share!

Also, I’m assuming you have some familiarity with PS. If not, no worries, this should be easy enough for you to understand, too.

I needed some “grungy” scratches for an image project I’m working on, so rather than spend hours looking for brushes or an image I could use, I decided to try to make a scratchy image. It took me  a couple of tries, but it’s pretty easy to do. I needed a large, high-resolution image for my project, but we’ll start on a smaller scale.

OK, assuming you already have PS open, let’s get started:

Step 1: Open a New document in PS. Make the size about 300 pixels by 300 pixels, and set the resolution to about 72 ppi (that’s pixels per inch, in case you didn’t know).

New document settings
New document settings
Blank Document
Blank Document

Step 2: Using your color selector, select a light gray for your foreground, and a dark gray for your background.

Color selections
Color selection

Step 3: Fill your blank document with the foreground color.

Gray fill
Gray fill

Step 4: Go to Filters > Render > Fibers…

Filter > Render > Fibers...
Filter > Render > Fibers...

Step 5: Play with the settings. Hit Randomize a few times until you get something you like. Then hit OK.

Render Fibers settings
Render Fibers settings

Step 6: Now you can add other effects, such as colorizing or a gradient overlay.

Colorized
Colorized

Step 7: You can save this image, then apply it as a new layer over another image for a grungy, scratchy effect.

And there you go! (Almost) Instant scratches!

And here’s how my project turned out (so far):

Sample
Sample

 

[1] Your Mileage May Vary

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      April 22

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