I'm following a tutorial for cutting out hair from a background and applying it to this photo of a parrot and cutting around its feather.
So far through following the tutorial I have...
Selected and duplicated the channel (RGB) with the highest contrast
Adjusted levels to increase contrast
Made selection and created a mask from image
Alt+click on a mask to refine the selection using the brush tool
Created a new background layer and filled white
Created a new layer above the parrot image layer and made a clipping mask.
Switched the blending mode to darken.
The final step on the tutorial is to use the clone tool while on the clipping mask layer and sample the color of the hair and brush over to remove the white parts around the hair.
However, my image originally had a black background and nothing seems to be happening. I tried changing blending modes but nothing seems to be affected. I am thinking the black background has something to do with it but not sure what to do.