Hair has always been a challenge when trying to extract a subject from its background and still have it look natural and not “cut out.”
Below is the original image.
Refine edge to the rescue! Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m posting the link to the Youtube tutorial I found that seems to be the easiest for me to comprehend and follow.
Photo info: Canon 5D Mark 2 | Canon 70-200 L lens with image stabilization | Editing done in Photoshop CS5 | ISO 200 | 2.8 aperture | 1/500 shutter | available light