Using Adobe Photoshop to adjust hairstyle

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  By Julian
Using Adobe Photoshop to adjust hairstyle

Hi all,

Today we’re going to be looking at how to style a Models hair using Photoshop.

In Photography, on the live end of it, some things are uncontrollable.

For example, if you are doing a shoot out in the open air with a model and the shot is for say a clothing magazine so the model has to look perfect because you’re trying to sell a product but that wind is up and you can’t control the hair, well this Photoshop technique is perfect to fix that hair up.

So the image we’ll be using today as you can see looks like the hair is a little messed up.

The Tools we’ll be looking at today is the Liquify Tool and the Clone Stamp Tool, these are excellent Tools for Retouching.

So what we’ll be looking to fix up in these easy steps is any areas that look messy like circled below, look for gaps in the hair, strays hanging out and maybe we could also thicken it up on the outside too.

As a tip I usually take a look at my image at the beginning and note down everything I want to change and mark it off as I go along.

To start off we’re going to use our Liquify Tool, Click on your Layer and drag it down and release to where I have shown you below to create a new layer.

Then click on Filter – Liquify

The Tool we’ll be using is the tool right up at the top left called the Forward Warp Tool.

Start with a large brush and click on the edges in the areas with thinner hair and just tease the hair in a little.

Make your brush smaller now and work at the smaller areas and work those all in on both sides.

Note: just like when you use the normal brush tool use the bracket keys to make your brush larger or smaller [ & ]

Make sure to keep things looking natural and try not to distort the face or any part of clothing.

So in short first you want to tease the hair a little with the large brush then start to work areas back in with the smaller brush.

You are working on a new layer so if it looks a bit strange don’t worry about it as we can fix it in a little bit.

Go back and forth and check if you have to, between the two layers, you can always re-open your Liquify Tool again.

Ok cool so by this stage you should have your hair fixed up a little, now we have to start filling in the hair and removing odd strays.

Open up a brand new layer to put our cloned hair in.

(S) is the short cut for the clone stamp so keep that in mind, it will come in handy.

What I do is I clone an area in the opposite part of the hair I do this so it doesn’t look all the same, it’s not good to clone from the same area you want to fix as this always ends up looking really strange and you can spot it from a mile away.

You end up having two things that look identical right beside each other when you clone stamp in this manner.

So what I do is I clone the hair by Holding Alt, then I click on my new layer and paint it in where I can see it, I’ll clone the size I generally need.

Then I click on Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal

Press V to activate your move tool then you can move the hair into place.

Add it over where you want it to be and change your Blend mode to Darken, this means that it will only affect the lighter areas.

Now create a mask as shown below and paint it black, now switch your brush to white and start to paint in on the gaps on the hair with a soft brush to fill them in.

If there is any more loose hairs hanging out you can zoom in and using the clone stamp tool use the background and subtly paint over them, most of this should be done prior when you used the liquefy tool.

Hope this helps you to fix up those hair disasters.

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Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Art & Design, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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