Retouching: Hair color

Photoshop Tutorials


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I decided to put pictures up to help out a bit. If you still dont understand, please PM me =)

Here is the picture I'll be using:

So the first thing you want to do to mask the subjects hair out that you wish to color. Easiest way to do this is by pressing q and selecting the correct size brush for the size of the area that you are coloring.

You should have the brush tool selected. After masking the hair it should look like the above picture.

After masking the hair, press q again. Your area should now be selected. Now go to Select > Inverse.

Next, create a new layer and fill the selected area that you want to color with the new color you want.

After picking the color you want, right click on the hair layer and click blending options. You should set the blend mode to soft light.

If you see that you went over the hairline, select the eraser and clean it up a bit. And you're done!
This is the result I got:

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to PM me.

Tutorial Comments

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No it is not only for light hair. Its CS2.

By carolannexbh on Aug 12, 2008 12:35 am

CS2 or CS3?

By TheMuffinMan on Aug 11, 2008 6:27 am

is this only for light hair?

By electroxxxd on Jul 15, 2008 9:30 pm


By Cupcake-S on Jul 9, 2008 9:57 am

you didnt tell us how to fill the selected area with the color that we want.

By esraa on Jun 1, 2008 8:27 pm

this was so freakin cool!! at first i didnt do the blending option i was thinking mang i messed it up and afterwards i was amaze thank you so much for teaching me this appreciate this so much MUAHZ thank you ^-^

By mzkinkyz17 on Apr 3, 2008 10:01 am

it was so easy

By puppylover4886 on Mar 31, 2008 7:08 pm

I edited the tutorial so it has pictures for anyone who needs help. Please PM me if you still need help.

By carolannexbh on Mar 8, 2008 1:29 am

Thank you!!!

By JoannLeung on Mar 7, 2008 10:05 pm

i don't understand how to do it..
so,,hope u can help me..
would u put the i'll know how to do it..
plz plz

By EshaTM on Mar 7, 2008 12:27 am
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Author carolannexbh View profile
Submitted on Mar 1, 2008
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Approved on Mar 1, 2008