How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

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When changing someone's hair color in Photoshop, the first step is to select a brush size that makes sense for a given picture. Put a document into "Quick-Mask mode" while changing hair color with help from a graphic designer in this free video on Adobe Photoshop tricks.

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Hi, I'm Zach Katagiri, freelance graphic designer in New York City, and today we are talking about PhotoShop. We're going to use PhotoShop to change the color of someone's hair. As an example, I have open a picture of one of my friends, and she has a lot of hair in this picture. So the firs thing I'm going to do is select a brush size that make sense for this picture. In this case, this brush is too small, because it would take too long to color in all the hair, so I'm going to go to brushes and change my diameter to 75, and them I'm going to tap the letter Q, which puts my document in Quick-Mask mode, and now, I'm just going to go over the entire area where she has hair with the brush in Quick-Mask mode. Obviously, if you're doing this yourself, you could use a smaller brush and take a little bit more time and really get those details. But, for the purposes of this example, I'm going to move pretty quick. I'm going to go ahead and change the brush size. For parts where there's a lot of detail. like down here, you can zoom in, and I'm just going to go over these parts to just try to get some of the main strands... Alright, I'm going to zoom back out and now that we've basically got all of her hair colored - I'm just going to get one more spot there - then, we are going to press the Q key again, to bring ourselves out of Quick-Mask mode and you can see that everything but what was masked was selected. Since we want what was masked, you can either click CTRL Shift I, or go up to select and select the inverse, and now I'm going to go to Layer and make a new fill layer. I'm going to choose Solid Color, and I'm going to change the mode to soft light and I'm going to click OK. Now you can see that if you add in a dark color like black, then the hair will become much darker. You can move it, kind of give it a reddish tint, or you can make it blue, now yellow,a nd kind of pale it out. lighten up her hair. You can make it crazy and green. Yeah, I'm going to stick with the darker one, because I like that, and click OK when you're finished and now you've just changed the color of your friend's hair.


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