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4.3 Curly-Haired Updo: Variations

Now that our hairstyle is complete, let's try modifying the style to give you some variations. These include changing the placement of the ponytail, adding further volume, changing colours, and adding a streak of colour.

4.3 Curly-Haired Updo: Variations

Hey all, welcome back to Creative Vector Hair on Tuts Plus. My name is Sharon Milne, and in this lesson I'm going to show you four variations from our curvy hair updo. This first is creating the side ponytail with curls. Kind of 80's influenced. And it's a lot easier than you think. Let's start by creating a new layer. Whilst you can do this by modifying the current hair style, I've created the source files for this course, so you can hide and reveal layers to show the original hairstyle, and the variation hairstyles to make it easier for reference later on. I then unlock the layers contained in the shapes for the curly hair, and copy them. I then paste them into a new layer, and group them together. I'm going to view, Hide Edges, so you can see what I do next as clear as possible. With the group of hair selected, go to Object, Transform, Rotate. I'm going to want to rotate this group, by 90 degrees. Select Preview to see it rotate in real time, and then click on OK. I'll then move it into place, to create an easy side ponytail. See, easy-peasy. The next variation uses the same techniques to create a fuller ball of curles at the back of the hair. So let's look at this one how it is created. The full ball of curls is simply three copies of the hair group that have been rotated. So, I'll still in the layer with the side pony-tail, I'm going to duplicate the group we rotated. With the duplicate selected, I then go to object, transform, reflect, and select vertical, and then click on ok. Then, move it into place on the other side of the head. And then, select one of the duplicates and go to object, transform, rotate, and rotate it by 90 degrees. Then, move it into place and there we have our full hair. The next tile is a simple re-coloring of the hair, like we've done in previous projects. However this one is a little more complex, as you're working with more shapes. Before you do anything which involves so memory intensive, as recoloring hair, I suggest you save your file. Even on my PC, which I feel is above average, a hairstyle so complex does take a while to save, so be patient. I'm working in a new layer, and I've got two gib kits of the hair curls. The bottom group I won't be altering, but the top group I'm gonna select and go to object expand. When you're working with a group which contains gradients, most of the time when you're wanting to combine all the shapes together, which is what I'm going to be doing here, it's best to select expand gradient to specific objects. Click on OK once done. I then select all of the expanded paths from the group, and go to Pathfinder Unite. The reason I'm doing this, is that we've got several strokes which go outside of our base of the curls. And we wanted to color all of this hair, not just the base shape area. I'm going to use the same process to duplicate, expand, and unite the shapes from the hair in the layer, and the hair in the foreground. Remember to include the hairs which fall on wither side of the head. Now with both shapes selected, change the fill color to blue, and then the blending mode to overlay and the capacity to 70%. Then by playing will the fill colors and the Transparency panel settings for these two shapes, you can create different colored hair for this style. The next and final variation of this style, is how to add a streak of color into the hair. I've previously shown you how to create a streak of color in the hair. This is a pretty similar process, however there's one thing you'll need to remember. So let's first start by adding 0.5 stroke weight strands over the area you're wanting to alter. I've set these strokes to blend and mode screen, opacity 50%. Now use screen if the hair is dark, and use multiply if the hair is light. This will help the color stand out more. When you're working with tied up hair that has an obvious streak of color, you need to remember to carry on that color through both areas of the hair. In addition, you'd have to consider where the streaks would end up. Now, the basic assumption with this design, is that the hair is pulled back in a pony-tail. Therefore the hair may not be twisted. So the streak would be in a similar place. If the hair was twisted at the back of the head, then the color streak may show in a different place in the hair at the back. So, keep this in mind with your own creations. I'm going to modify the color of the overlay in bases, which all of the hair color. So you can see the streak of color more clearly. I then continue to add further strokes of pink to the hairstyle, to bring out the highlights. And then I'm finished. Next time on creative vector hair, I'll be kicking off our fourth project, which is a long, straight hair cut, with a modern undercut shave on the side of the head. So, thanks for listening.

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