Introduction: Changing Hair Colour in Photoshop

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This Instructable is for changing someones hair colour in Photoshop. Im not exactly sure if this will work in Paint Shop Pro but you can always try.

Have Fun!

Step 1: Choosing Your Photo

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This is just a picture off the internet that i used.

When choosing a photo you must remember two things.

1: Pick a picture with the least amount stray hairs. The picture i picked does have stray hairs, but there close to her head so it doesn't matter as much.

2: The other thing you should keep in mind is to pick someone that has light hair ex.blonde. I think darker hair will work but not as good.

Step 2: Masking

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The first thing your going to wanna do is Mask out the hair. Masking is simply a way of selecting things.

To do this select the brush tool then press "Q" on your keyboard.

It doesn't have to be exact but you should try to be close.

Step 3: Making the Selection

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After you have all of the hair masked out press the "Q" key again. After you press the "Q" key press control-shift-"I", or Inverse. The picture will look the the one below if done correctly.

When you've completed the steps above, without deselecting make a new layer ontop of the background layer. Click on that layer.

Step 4: Colour

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Once you've selected the new layer go to your colour selection on the left and choose a colour, I went with a dark red. Now choose the paint bucket and fill the selection.

It should now look like the picture below.

Step 5: Blending

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Go to your layer menu and click on the overlay pull-down menu as shown in the picture. Choose "Soft Light" as shown.

After you picked "Soft Light" press "control" "d" on your keyboard to deselect the selection.

Step 6: Erasing

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Once the hair is the colour you want make should your on the colour layer and pick the eraser tool. Get a feathered brush from the brush types menu. Then you just going to want to clean the picture up by erasing the colour that is not on the hair.

Step 7: Final Product

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So, I hope this Tutorial helped someone.

Be sure to vote if you liked it. Also ask if you don't understand something and ill be sure to answer.



Andyloove2323 (author)2012-07-31

why em i the only one that cant do this

Your not... ??

MahekC (author)2016-10-06

This is link for more photoshop learning

SwarnimaS (author)2015-05-13

Photoshop makes the editing process quite easy. It has also the ability to transform hair color. I found another tutorial which explains the process to change hair color from brown to blonde, given below:

SimonaL (author)2015-03-04

rosemarie263 (author)2014-11-07

yay!hard but done!

irum103 (author)2014-10-11

How do you actually do it what is the website to do it on because i wanna see if blonde will suit me ! <3

Chromatica (author)2009-11-29


Lowney (author)2009-11-29

This is great! So simple yet briliant outcome! This is surely worth 5*, not a common rating I give :P

dafrimpster (author)2009-09-21

IF you add an adjustment layer and use the mask you made you can change the hair to a different color easily. Non destructive editing....

misprecious (author)2009-09-10

i also use this method but i think my way is much simpler. the picture 2.make a new layer 3.paint the hair on the layer white 4.on the layer select soft light 5.then go to image, adjustments, hue/saturation(ctrl-U) colourize then choose the colour you want. voila

watermelonhead (author)2009-07-29

What I do (in gimp) is just select the hair and change the hue/ saturation.

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-29

yes. keep in mind that the lighter the hair colour, the "odder" it will look. my advice is change each hue one at a time rather than just the master hue.

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-07-30

well, that's ok when I'm making my brother's hair green :D

this isn't the best picture, though. I made it when i was a beginner.

looks like he had to much to drink hehe and he is about to throw up hehe

He was only like 16 :D

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-08-05

one night in Amsterdam perhaps?

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-08-06

no, he's never been out of US

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-30

it looks like hes raidioactive. O_O

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-07-30

LAWL! The raidoactive hair damaged his brain, obviously :D

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-30

that would explain why it looks as though hes doing something explicit to the guitar.

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-07-30

No, not explicit. He's just tasting it.

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-30

thats not what i see...

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-07-31

You are so immature :D

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-31

it takes someone mature to act immature. _

watermelonhead (author)REA2009-07-31

O, whatever :D

REA (author)watermelonhead2009-07-31

lol ᐱ_ᐱ

Thihabala (author)2009-08-06

Nice!! Great guide line... I will try one

aussie457 (author)2009-07-30

this helped a lot, I've been trying to figure out how to quickmask forever and this is the only thing I've seen that actually gave the shortcut, thanks a ton

Ward_Nox (author)2009-07-28

I Used to do this all the time i even took it a step further and discolored a fur coat to make it grey

whitepinoy (author)2009-07-28

The way i have learned to do it is by using an added layer and in the Mode you are going to choose color and paint that layer with the desired color only in the desired area. This will leave all pixel data about the original picture unchanged and only the overlay with any added data.

Dorkfish92 (author)2009-04-14

This works great on cars also. Instead of soft light, try Color Burn for cars. Nice Ible!

Brandon555 (author)Dorkfish922009-04-23

Its a good way to find a colour that would look good on your car before you spend thousands on a paint job ;)

Chromatica (author)Brandon5552009-07-28

do you mean hundreds

benthekahn (author)Chromatica2009-07-28

You mean $75<br/><br/><a href=""></a><br/>

photomarto (author)2009-04-05

great work and very helpful

burzvingion (author)2008-04-03

Another option is to use the "Replace Color" dialog (Image -> Adjustments -> Replace Color), although this works best when the hair and skin don't have similar hues.

Brandon555 (author)2008-04-02

Cool, Some times you gotta play around with the overlaying options until you find something that works. Thanks for the comments

JakeTobak (author)2008-04-02

You can do the same thing when coloring drawings. My friend is insane at drawing so one time I scanned a couple and colored them in with Photoshop. I think I might have used 'Multiply' as the overlay though.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-02

Awesome! That looks so real, great job, I need to get better at Photoshop. :P

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