On this picture retouching tutorial, we’ll have a look at how easy and simple it’s to change hair coloration in Photoshop by tinting and colorizing somebody’s hair in a photograph. The method we’ll be studying right here offers us full management over what we’re doing, with a number of other ways of fine-tuning the outcomes, plus we are able to additionally return any time we wish and alter the hair coloration with out having to redo all of the work! You should use this method on photographs of different folks (associates, household, purchasers), or you’ll be able to even apply it to a photograph of your self to see how completely different hair colours would look on you!
Here is the picture I will be utilizing for this tutorial:
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We will be giving her hair a brighter, barely extra reddish coloration to it on this tutorial, however you’ve gotten full management over the colour you utilize along with your picture, in addition to the depth of the colour. Here is how she’ll look once we’re performed:
On the finish of the tutorial, we’ll see how straightforward it’s to return and alter the colour to one thing fully completely different.
This tutorial is a part of our Portrait Retouching assortment. Let’s get began!
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Step 1: Add A “Hue/Saturation” Adjustment Layer
With our picture open in Photoshop, click on on the New Adjustment Layer icon on the backside of the Layers palette (the circle break up diagonally between black and white):
Then choose Hue/Saturation from the listing of adjustment layers that seems:
Step 2: Choose The “Colorize” Choice
When the Hue/Saturation dialog field opens, choose the Colorize choice within the backside proper nook by clicking inside its checkbox:
As quickly as you choose the Colorize choice, you may see your complete picture turn out to be colorized with a shade of purple.
Step 3: Choose A New Coloration For The Hair
Drag the Hue slider left or proper to pick out the colour you need to use for the particular person’s hair. For the second, you may be colorizing the complete picture, however we’ll repair that within the subsequent couple of steps. Simply ignore the remainder of the picture for now and focus solely on the hair. As soon as you’ve got discovered a coloration you want, alter the depth of the colour by dragging the Saturation slider left or proper. Dragging it to the fitting offers you a extra saturated coloration, whereas dragging it to the left reduces the saturation.
Don’t be concerned about getting the colour and saturation excellent as a result of you’ll be able to all the time return and alter it fairly simply later. I will set my Hue quantity to about 9 and improve the Saturation to round 45 for now:
Click on OK whenever you’re performed to exit out of the dialog field. The lady’s hair now seems colorized in purple, however so is the remainder of her:
Step 4: Fill The Hue/Saturation Layer’s Masks With Black
One of many nice issues about adjustment layers in Photoshop is that every one robotically comes with its personal layer masks, and we’ll use it to repair the issue we presently have with our complete picture being colorized when all we actually need is for the hair to be colorized.
To start out with, let’s fully conceal the results of the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer by filling its layer masks with black. Since black is our present Background coloration and the layer masks is already chosen (Photoshop robotically chosen the layer masks for us once we added the adjustment layer and set our Foreground and Background colours to white and black, respectively), all we have to do is use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Backspace (Win) / Command+Delete (Mac) to fill the layer masks with black.
As quickly as we do, the colorizing impact disappears from our picture and if we glance within the Layers palette, we are able to see that the adjustment layer’s thumbnail, which supplies us a preview of what the layer masks seems to be like, is now crammed with black:
Step 5: Choose The Brush Software
To convey again the colorizing impact and have it utilized solely to the hair, all we have to do is paint with white on our layer masks over the hair. Anyplace we paint with white on the layer masks will reveal the results of the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and wherever we depart black will maintain the results hidden. First, we’d like the Brush Software, so both choose it from the Instruments palette or press the letter B in your keyboard to pick out it with the shortcut:
We have to paint with white on the layer masks to disclose the colorizing impact on the hair, and Photoshop has already set our Foreground coloration to white for us, as we are able to see within the Foreground and Background coloration swatches close to the underside of the Instruments palette (the swatch on the left is the Foreground coloration and the swatch on the fitting is the Background coloration):
We additionally have already got our layer masks chosen, and we are able to inform that as a result of the layer masks thumbnail within the Layers palette has a white spotlight border round it, as proven within the picture for Step 4 above, which tells us that the masks is chosen.
Step 6: Paint With White Over The Hair
With our Brush Software chosen, the layer masks for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer chosen, and white as our Foreground coloration, all we have to do now’s paint over the hair. To rapidly change your brush dimension as you paint, use the left and proper bracket keys in your keyboard. The left bracket key makes the comb smaller and the fitting one makes it bigger. You will need to use a soft-edged brush, so maintain down your Shift key and press the left bracket key a number of instances to melt its edges (holding Shift and urgent the fitting bracket key a number of instances makes the comb edges tougher). Then merely paint over the hair to convey again the colorizing impact:
For trickier areas the place there’s solely unfastened strands of hair, go as much as the Choices Bar on the high of the display screen and decrease the Opacity of the comb all the way down to about 25% or so:
Then decrease the scale of your brush so it is no greater than the realm you are colorizing and paint over it a few instances. This manner, the colour will not be so intense in these areas. Chances are you’ll discover it helps to zoom in on these areas as properly, and the best method to do this is to carry down the Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key and the Spacebar and drag a range across the space. Photoshop will then zoom into the realm you chose:
Press Ctrl+Alt+0 (Win) / Command+Choice+0 (Mac) whenever you’re performed to zoom again out to 100%.
If you happen to make a mistake as you are portray and by accident paint over an space you did not imply to (occurs on a regular basis), merely press X to swap your Foreground and Background colours, making black your Foreground coloration, and paint over the error to undo it. Then press X once more to set your Foreground coloration again to white and proceed portray till you’ve gotten all of the hair colorized:
We’ll have a look at how you can fine-tune the impact subsequent!
Step 7: Change The Mix Mode To Both “Coloration” Or “Smooth Mild”
The laborious half is completed! We have colorized the hair whereas leaving the remainder of the picture untouched because of the layer masks that got here with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Now we are able to fine-tune the impact, and the primary method to do this is by altering the mix mode of the adjustment layer. By default, the mix mode is about to “Regular”, and it really works pretty properly, however let’s change it to one thing higher. Go as much as the mix mode choices within the high left nook of the Layers palette, click on on the down-pointing arrow to the fitting of the phrase “Regular”, and choose both Coloration or Smooth Mild from the listing:
The “Coloration” mix mode offers us much more of a colorizing impact, because it modifications solely the colour of a picture (once we had the mix mode set to “Regular”, it was affecting not solely the colour but additionally the lightness values of the hair). Here is my picture with the mix mode of the adjustment layer set to “Coloration”:
The “Smooth Mild” mix mode offers us a extra dramatic colorizing impact as a result of it not solely modifications the colour of the hair but additionally boosts the distinction, which I feel works even higher than the “Coloration” mix mode on this case. Here is my picture with the mix mode set to “Smooth Mild”:
Select the mix mode that works greatest along with your picture.
Step 8: Decrease The Opacity Of The Adjustment Layer If Wanted
One other technique to fine-tune the colorizing impact is by reducing the opacity of the adjustment layer. If you happen to discover the colour is just too intense, merely go as much as the Opacity choice within the high proper nook of the Layers palette (throughout from the mix mode choice) and decrease it till you are pleased with the outcomes. Right here, I’ve lowered the opacity of the adjustment layer to 50%:
This provides me a extra delicate colorizing impact:
Step 9: Edit The Hue/Saturation Settings To Change The Hair Coloration As Wanted
At this level we’re performed, but when you have to return and alter the hair coloration to one thing completely different, merely double-click on the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer’s thumbnail within the Layers palette (the thumbnail on the left, not the layer masks thumbnail on the fitting):
This brings the Hue/Saturation dialog field again up and we are able to change the hair coloration just by dragging the Hue slider to one thing completely different. We will additionally re-adjust the saturation of the colour with the Saturation coloration. Since that is an adjustment layer, we’re free to make as many modifications as we wish with out worrying about damaging our picture. Only for enjoyable, I am going to set my Hue slider to 304 to present her hair extra of a pink/purple look:
I am additionally going to set the mix mode of the adjustment layer again to “Coloration” and improve the opacity to round 75%:
And here is my new consequence:
And there we’ve got it! That is how straightforward it’s to vary somebody’s hair coloration in Photoshop! Take a look at our Picture Retouching part for extra Photoshop picture enhancing tutorials!