Change Your Hair Color

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I did this tutorial in Photoshop CS3 Extended which is why some of you may have problems. However, that does't mean this tutorial won't work in other versions of Photoshop. Just try it out.

Ever wanted to change your hair color to purple, green or red? Well now you can. Just follow my tutorial, & you'll have any hair color imaginable! For this tut, I'm going to use the cute Naima Mora from ANTM.
Here's the before:

Here's the after:

Okay, let's begin!

001.Open up your image in photoshop. Now select the "create new fill or adjustment layer" icon & select "Hue/Saturation."

002.Check the "colorize" box & play with the hue & saturation to get the color you want. If you want to use my color, the hue is 271 & the saturation is 32. Then click ok. (yes the person in your picture is all in the color you chose but we'll fix that)

003.Now with your "Hue/Saturation" layer selected, press ctrl+backspace to fill the layer with black.

004.Now select your brush tool so we can start to color the hair.

005.We need to paint with white on the layer mask to reveal the colorizing effect on the hair, and Photoshop has already set our Foreground color to white for us, as we can see in the Foreground and Background color swatches near the bottom of the Tools palette.

006.Using the brush tool, start painting over the person's hair in your picture.

007.When you're done, it should look like this:

008.The hard part is done! We've colorized the hair while leaving the rest of the image as it was. Now we can fine-tune the effect, and the first way to do that is by changing the blend mode of the adjustment layer. Select either "Color" or "Soft Light" from the list. Or you can choose other options just to play around with it.

009.This is how my image looks like with the blending mode in color:

010.If you want to change the color of your hair, just simply double-click on the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer's thumbnail in the Layers palette & play around with the hue & saturation. (for that green, I used 111 for the hue & 32 for the saturation.

011.And there you go... you have your final product! :)

If you got lost or have any questions, comment the tutorial & I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :D

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Love it.

By Z0MGsz on Nov 28, 2008 7:15 pm

ohh hey ppl im using cs2 and yea its true the thing is white but i painted all the image in black, then i started to paint the hair in white just like the tutorial said and it works ^^

By kandirav3rxd on Oct 8, 2008 9:03 pm

the hue saturation is white :S
help please u.u

By kandirav3rxd on Oct 5, 2008 5:24 pm

cant get past 3....mask color dont change to black..stays white..i even select it and it still wont using CS2...?

By DezineFactory on Aug 27, 2008 10:10 pm

hi, i have photoshop 6 elements, i already did this the first time it worked..i tried it again after a few hourse with the same program but then it didnt work this time. Whenever i paint the would also color everything it touches. And im wondering if maybe i clicked something or settings ish. Hope you can help me thank you. this is really coo btw:D

By jta08 on Nov 14, 2007 1:00 pm

how do you do it on photoshop 7.0?

By l0serish on Nov 9, 2007 2:39 pm

very cool and easy :0)

By kimt08 on Nov 3, 2007 2:57 am

i caint make the hue/satuartion black. it stays white on mine.

By 01FCUk on Oct 31, 2007 6:22 pm

where can i download that softwarre.???

By amychoi on Oct 29, 2007 9:51 pm

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Author manny-the-dino View profile
Submitted on Oct 27, 2007
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Approved on Oct 27, 2007

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