How to Change Hair Color in Adobe Photoshop

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  By Jordan Younce
How to Change Hair Color in Adobe Photoshop

Of the many great things that Adobe Photoshop has to offer, changing hair color is one of the best that I know so far. This of course does not mean that there are no other beautiful features which you can benefit from but it means that you do not have to spend a lot of time and money working on different hair styles just for the purposes of photography. It is always possible to do change not only hair colors but also the color of your clothes. Today we will look at how you can easily change your hair color in Adobe Photoshop.

How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop – Video Tutorial

To use this technique, you will only need a few tools namely the brush tool and hue saturation layer plus your photo of course. But before going ahead with the hair color changes, it is always important to remember the very first step in color editing and that is to clear any distortions which are obvious on the image. However, you can skip this step if at all you are ok with the image the way it is. But I guess you are looking for a perfect image which you can share freely.

First, you will need to create a blank layer and then change the layer’s “Blending mode” to “soft light.” Once this is done, you will need to select your brush tool and change the foreground color to light orange color (or your preferred color) and then clock ok. With the done, you will need a soft brush (The brush should be very soft and you can adjust the hardness all the way to 0% , opacity raised to 100% and flow to 100% as well. Use this soft brush to paint over the hair just lightly. As you can see in the video, you will notice that the color is changing but this is not the last step and you should therefore not worry too much about the precision.

At this point, we have the hair color changed and this color looks a little bit good. However, we will change also come up with another color but instead of painting over where you just painted, you can do the hue saturation by clicking the adjustment layer and then click on “Hue Saturation” and then clip the hue saturation layer to the painted layer. To do that, just hover over the two layers, hold the Alt option key and click. All the adjustments made on this saturation layer will only affect the painted layer and nothing else underlying.

From this point, we can play with different hair colors from red to saturated red or whichever color you desire. As shown in the video, you can change to a good color such as nice amber and red and then group the two layers by clicking both and pressing Command +G or Ctrl + G and toggle on and off so you are able to see the difference. In our video, we are able to come up with a nice brunette and a nice little red color.

If you want them to blend well with the underlying a little bit more, you can do it to change the hue saturation layer or just take the opacity down and it will start blending in very well. This hair color changing technique in Photoshop works very well with different hair colors and you can get the most amazing results for your photos.

Doing the final touches

As you work to change hair color in Adobe Photoshop, it is worth noting that the face or dress colors will be overlapping with the new hair color in some places. If not handled well, this problem could leave your photos looking distorted or manipulated. This however can be corrected by simply reloading your selection, inverting it and then using a soft brush with opacity reduced to around 30%. With these settings in place, just color back the skin color to at least reduce the additional tinge. As you do so, it is always good to know that the color of the hair will definitely reflect off the model’s skin. As such, you should not take all the new hair color away but instead reduce it a little bit.

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Jordan Younce

I am a Real Estate and Landscape photography as well as a Graphic Designer based in North Carolina, USA. My passion for photography started with taking photos with a point-and-shoot and now I own a successful photography business. My goal is to help others learn the art of photography, develop their creative side and just have fun.

Comments (1)

  1. grafis-media Guest

    greayyy… thanks you