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5.3 Modern Long Hair: Variations

Now that our hairstyle is complete, let's try modifying the style to give you some variations. These include changing the colour, adding a pattern to the shaved patch, and adding a pearl dip dye effect to the hair.

5.3 Modern Long Hair: Variations

Hey all, welcome back to creative vector hair on Tuts+. My name is Sharon Millen. And in this lesson, I'm going to show you three variations of our modern hairstyle. The first variation is a recoloring similar to our previous alterations we've done in this course. Let's start by creating a new layer on top of all the hair layers, and placing in there, a duplicate of the hair base which covers the whole hair apart from the shaved area. As I need to consider re-coloring the fly away hairs, I'm going to duplicate them and place them in the new layer with the hair base duplicate. I then Object > Expand, and Pathfinder > Unite them to create one shape. I then change the fill color from brown to blue to pink, because, well, I love pink hair. And change the blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 60%. And we finished our first variation. The next variation is a blue-green hue of the longer hair and a pink, shaven patch with the zebra print pattern. So let's delve in to that. The blue longer hair is created by a duplicate of the hair base and the hair fly-aways. This is set to blend mode overlay, opacity 60%. You'll know how to create this based on previous variations. If you were to go in and draw a shape over the shaven area with transparency settings applied, you'll notice that it not only colors the hair, but the skin underneath. This may end up looking sloppy and we want to avoid that. So what I want to do is to just color the hairs rather than skin. So go into the shaven hair section, and duplicate the short hairs into a new layer. Then, go to Object > Expand, and Pathfinder > Unite. Then while it's selected, create a compound path by pressing Ctrl+8. This will make it one shape. You can then change the overall color of the shaven hair to pink, and change it to blended mode overlay and opacity to 50%. However, there's a step further. With the all over shapes locked in place, I'm gonna bring out the block brush tool with the brown stroke set to blended mode multiply and opacity to 50%. I then begin drawing a zephyr style pattern, over the top of the shaven hair. As the shapes won't be connected, select them all and create a group or a compound path. Then, use an Egypt curve of the shaven hair, compound path, and create a clipping mask with the zephyr print. The final variation is creating a platinum blonde coloring with an iridescent feel to it, and a pink tip to the bangs or the fringe area. I've created the platinum blonde hair color by overlapping the two color fills from the blue hair and the pink hair. Both are set to Blend Mode Overlay and Opacity 60%. I've created pale, silver blond with a hint of pink in the hair. I want to tone down some of the pink in the hair and create a more pale, iridescent look to the hair. So I changed the opacity of the pink shade, since its the offender here, to 50%. Then using the taupe brush and the paintbrush tool, I begin adding strokes of pink to the roots, and the tips of the bangs to add a subtle tone of pink and a dip-dyed effect. These strokes are set to blend mode, multiply, opacity, 10%. I'm going to increase the contrast of her hair to make it shine more. I duplicate the hair base and use transparent radial gradients set to blender mode color burn and opacity 50%. These are added to the shoulders, the bangs, the ear region, and the parting. This makes the hair look uber shiny. I finish off the design by hiding the zebra print modification into the shaven section. Next time on Creative Vector Hair, I'll be starting off our final project, fantasy hairstyle. Thanks for listening.

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