Not sure why it took me quite a few attempts, but I finally figured out the edge refine feature, combined with a few extra layers for those stubborn final hairs. Tward has a nice video that got me almost home, and I combined it watching advanced hair masking with the dude from PTC, Photoshop Training Channel
This is my most photogenic Golden, Becka, just the head-shot for now.
Finding some flawed photos was time consuming, you know, a trip down memory lane. I ran into two problems that I’ll need to improve on. In Photo 1, the dog on the left had total white eye. For expediency, I used a fast-paced fill-in re-creation that I drew while looking at my current Golden Retriever. In photo2, the photo was grainy and when I cloned the sky to replace my thumb I needed to blend parts of the sky. Not as easy as it looks, although there is probably a better way.
1 – Before and After
2 – Before and After