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Change hair color in Photoshop

(Guest Post) With this tutorial, you can easily change the hair color in Adobe Photoshop CS3 or CS4 or CS5. Here in the tutorial, I am using Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Steps to change hair color in Photoshop

1. Step Click Start >> All Programs >> Adobe Master Collection CS3 >> Adobe Photoshop CS3

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2. Step Now in your Photoshop, click File >> Open, select picture and open the picture of which you want to change hair color.

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3. Step Create a new layer in layer palette by clicking ‘Create new layer’ located at the bottom or layer palette or from menu bar click Layer >> New >> Layer (Shortcut – Ctrl + Shift + N)
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4. Step Select the mode of newly added layer to ‘Soft Light’ and then select ‘Brush Tool’ (Shortcut – B).
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5. Step Then change the color you want to apply on hair in the layer box located below the tools.

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6. Step On the option bar located at the top, click ‘Brush preset picker’ and select ‘Airbrush Soft Round 100’ as shown in the screenshot.

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7. Now paint on the hair.

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8. Step We have noticed some other areas than hair being painted. We have to remove it. So select ‘Eraser Tool’ (Shortcut – E) and in ‘Brush preset picker’ and select ‘Soft Round 45 pixels’ as shown in the screenshot.
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9. Step Now erase the color in unwanted area. Make sure you zoom and erase so you get precise result. To zoom click View >> Zoom In or Press Ctrl ++
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10. Step Let’s add an adjustment layer by clicking Layer >> New Adjustment Layer >> Hue / Saturation.. And click OK twice. Alternatively, you can click Create new adjustment layer icon in layer palette.
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11. Right click the adjustment layer that you have just created and select ‘Create Clipping Mask’
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12. Double click on adjustment layer icon in the layer name to open ‘Hue / Saturation’ window. See screenshot.
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13. Now in the opened window, you can play around with Hue / saturation and Lightness value to change color effect of the hair. After making changes, click OK.
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Sometimes, you might want to see how you would look like in certain color on your hair before actually applying it to your hair.

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Published: Saturday, June 4th, 2011 Last Modified: June 3, 2011

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