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3.3 Short Pixie Crop: Variations

Hey all, welcome back to Creative Vector Hair on Tuts+. My name is Sharon Milne, and in this lesson I'm going to show you how to create two different variations of color. The first is simply changing color to the hair to a rose pink shade. When the hair's all one color, such as this style, one of the easiest ways to change the color is to duplicate the base, change the color, and then play with blending modes. So I'm going to create new layers on top of the hair layers and then go into the clipping masks for each hair group and duplicate them and place them in a new layer. Remember that the back hair base will need to be in a new layer folder behind the portrait. Then flip both shapes and change the fill color. I've opted for a lovely bright pink. The more saturated the overlaying color is, the more intense the color effect you'll get. I start playing with the blender modes. The first is blender mode multiply and it creates this deep, dark, bold pink shade. The one I'm going to stick with is blender mode overlay to create a more subtle pink hue to there and then reduce the opacity to 50%. Try selecting the shapes and changing the color of the hair to see which shade you like best. As you can see, you can simply change the color of the whole hair by changing the fill. It's so easy. I'm going to rename my layer folders so I can easily find them. Of course in the source file you'll see all the variations I'm doing. The next variation I'm going to do is black hair with red hair around the front. This is great technique to learn if you're wanting to recolor the hair and add multiple highlights. So let's start by creating a new layer and then duplicating our hair bases. I'm going to fill a base with black. And then set the blending mode to overlay, opacity to 50%. This will darken the color underneath, but will still allow for some of the highlights to come through. To add the red to the front of the hair, I'm going to use the paintbrush tool, and our tapered brush. I set the stoke color to pink-red, and then with blending mode, darken, and opacity 30%. I then draw hair over the front where I want the red highlights to be. As some of these strokes overlap onto the forehead, I'm going to group together all my strokes, then use a duplicate of the base to create a clipping mask. As this hair is a lighter shade, I need to show more highlights in the hair. So I'm going to go back in, and with the paintbrush tool in pink, I'll add strokes set to blend mode color dodge opacity 15%. These strokes are added to the peaks of the hair groups. Then I group them together and add them to our clipping mask. If you want to change the color of the hair at the front, go into the clipping mask and select both groups of colored hair and simply change the stroke color. As you can see this changes the hue rather easily. If you feel that you've added to many strands of color at the front, here's a fun thing you can do. Go into the clipping mask and lock the clipping mask shape. In the duplicate of the hair base. Then using the eraser tool or the top of your graphic tablet pen simply rub out the hair you don't want. This will trim the area for you and leave the color you want behind. I wish I could do this with my own hair. And with that we're done. Next time on Create Effective Hair, I'm going to kick off our third project, and that's creating a curly haired updo. Thanks for listening.

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