Project #5: Give Yourself a Haircut!

One of the hardest things to “get right” when doing special effects is hair. That’s why the original Toy Story was done all with dolls and plastic. The animators knew they couldn’t get the hair to look convincing. Today’s CGI artist are coming close, but hair is still tough to make convincing.

  • Go on the web and find 2 or 3 hairstyles you like or think would look funny on you.
  • Take a “selfie” that has about the right pose and facial angles. This is important in making it look convincing.
  • Use Pixelmator and put the hair in the top layer, yourself underneath. Make the opacity of the top layer about 50% so you can get the size and positioning correct.
  • Start using the eraser on the top hair layer. Slowly and carefully remove as much of the top face as you want to. When you’re near the edge of the hair, you may want to go to “Show Brushes” and make a small brush with a slow flow and limited opacity, so you don’t erase away a hard line. Experiment with this to get the most convincing effect. You want a soft edge between the layers so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a “helmet.”

The finished project should have two very different hairstyles, and be posted to Voicethread and Google Classroom. I’m looking forward to seeing your work!

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