Hi, I am trying to cutout the subject from this image and remove hair fringing. In some areas above
the subject's head, the hair is faded and is fringing with the background. I tried select and mask and painting the hair back on the layer mask after refining it but the hair fringe comes back. Specifically the flyaway hair above the subject's head is what I am having the most trouble with. I also tried a clipping mask and clone stamp tool with no success.
Is there anyway I could cutout the subject and hair perfectly without using the hair brush technique?
Did you take the photograph? I'm guess that was something 200mm and F2.8 which has left the hair at the back of her head OOF. So with the soft hair and unhelpful background a perfect selection is going to be near impossible. What sort of background will you be using? Darker backgrounds might work for you, but a white background is going to show up some problem areas.
If it was me I'dd make a hard edge selection, probably with the pen tool. Then draw back in the flyaway hair. I like the Aaron Blaize hair brushes, but if you don't mind spending the time, try a fully hard brush with size jitter set to Fade, with a fade value of 2500 (with spacing set to the default 25%).
Dave Cross told us a story at MAX in 2016. Apparently Scott Kelby had marvelled at the quality of a selection Dave had made of a similar subject to yours, but Dave fessed up that he had hand painted the flyaway hhair back in.