Photoshop – Accurately changing hair color

In this guide in this tutorial, we’ll take a look at some methods of coloring hair within Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how you can make three distinct hair coloring variations which include Brown, Black, and Blonde. When you’ve mastered this method, it will be possible to transform every hair color to another one. Therefore, with no more delay, let’s begin!

Tutorial Resources

Brown hair

I’m using this female photo and found it on Unsplash. It is possible to download the image and follow this tutorial by clicking the hyperlink within the tutorial resource section. In the first look the image appears bland and flat because the colors don’t pop out.

I did a very basic adjustments to the image to make the colors pop. If the image you are using has great colors and contrast, you’ll be in good shape. It’s not necessary to do any thing in this case.

Then we’ll transform the hair’s color to brown. The process of changing a hair color from red to brown is easy as my model sports a an red-colored hair.

The next step is to target red hair by using the selecting color adjustment. It’s easy to identify hair that is red using this layer of adjustment. Click on the Layer menu > Adjustment Layer Selective Color. Modify the settings of two layers to change the blonde hair red to brown.

The settings I use are shown in the image below and you could utilize the same settings, especially if your model’s hair color happens to be red. If you’re looking to tweak your the settings, don’t hesitate to change them.

This is brown hair, or perhaps brunette hair

It is evident that it’s changed the color of the skin on the model and the model has red hues. It is necessary to correct the issue, and to do so eliminate the effects from Selective Color on the skin. Selective Color to the face by applying a black paint to the skin with an black brush.

NOTE: We’ll be performing this all through the tutorial so that we preserve the skin’s color. Always make use of a mask to erase the effects of any adjustments layer that is applied to the skin.

Black Hair

In order to give an black shade to your hair, we first need to remove the color of the hair after which we darken the hair to transform it into a dark color.

For desaturating the hair color To do this, click layer > new adjustment layer Hue/Saturation Select the reds then desaturate the red hue by moving on the slider towards the left.

It is evident the hair’s yellow highlights too. The goal is to get rid of the yellow highlights, therefore, we should target the highlight that is yellow with yellows. So when we are done with you have selected Reds select yellows to neutralize the yellow hue.

Make use of the mask in your color and hue to restore the natural skin tone by painting with an black brush. Like I mentioned, we’ll employ the mask throughout this course to keep the color of the skin.

Then, use an Curves adjustment to reduce the darkness of the picture. Apply the following settings to increase the darkness of the image.

Click at the image for Curves and hold CTRL + I to make an reversed layer mask. Use a white brush to show the dark look just on the hair. The hair will become darker and black as is what we would like.

Have a look at the below results and you will see that there is hair with black color.

I’ve darkened further the hair by using alternative curls layer. Always make use of the reversed layer mask to reduce the darkness of the hair.

Blonde Hair

The hardest portion of the tutorial because it’s not simple to recreate the blonde hair, however it’s also an enjoyable element if you approach it properly.

The first thing I’ve done is target the red color with the selective color that makes them look slightly yellow. Since you’re aware, the yellow color is very similar to blonde. The factor which makes blonde hair distinctive from yellow color is the shineon your hair.

Review the options below, and make sure to block the effects on the skin of selective Color on your skin by using this mask.

Create the new layer using CTRL + Shift + N and then naming the layer “Color”. Select a yellow shade. I’ve picked this one #dbc17c.

Utilize a gentle brush to paint hair. Refer to the image below as a information.

Modify the blending mode from Blending Mode: Soft Light. The hair’s color has pretty much changed to yellow, and then it is now possible to add highlights on the hair in order to make the hair look blonde.

Create a new layer. give it the name “white shade”. Use a soft brush to apply the white color to the hair, as shown in the image below. Be gentle, but don’t be concerned even if you overdo it as you will be able to correct it in the future.

Double-click the white layer, which will light up the the Blending Options dialogue box. Navigate to the the Blend IF section. Hold down the Alt key to move the black slider the right.

The slider splits in two, and it is possible to drag each one to the right, which means that it can help blend the white hue into lighter areas of hair, creating more authentic highlights for your hair.These are the results for blonde hair:

Then you will be able to decide where highlights will be seen with the mask. Apply a mask to the white layer via layering it, then selecting Mask Reveal All with an black brush, remove the highlights so that they will not be seen as to the left, or when you’ve overpainted the white, you can correct this issue by clicking by clicking here.Here are the final results of my research:

Bonus Tip – Changing Skin Color

When masking the impact of the layer that is adjusted, there may be specific skin regions located close to hair. When you made the result evident on your hair, you might have removed some of any coloration of the skin.

In those instances, what you could do is you create a new layer, by taking a sample of the skin. Paint your skin. Change the mode of blending into Color which will apply the hues onto the skin. The skin will appear natural.

In the picture below, it is evident that the skin is blue in shade in a few regions.

To fix it you need to take a small sample of color from the skin, and then apply a color over the skin.

Alter the mode of blending in Colour for blending the colour to the remainder of your skin. You can always use the mask, and alter the opacity so that the effect doesn’t appear too stark.

Thank you for reading the guide. Let us know what you think in the section of comments below.

Three colors that are different within the picture:

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