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4.3 How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

Welcome back to The Ultimate Guide to Hair in Photoshop. Changing the color of hair is going to pop up whether you are doing a full on photo composite, or just a simple retouch. And luckily, it couldn't be more simple. To start, even if you are keeping your subjects original background, you will want to extract the subjects hair and only the hair. This includes extracting it from the face. Think of it like you are making a wig. For my image here, Refine Edge works perfectly. I made a mask of the whole model, use Refine Edge to refine that edge just like we did before. Turn the model into a Smart Object, and then a second round of selection and Refine Edge to get all the baby hairs, eyebrow hairs and any other stray facial hair like the sideburns here. Then I have the original subject layer unmasked below it, instant wig. My favorite way to change hair color is with a simple Hue Saturation layer, clipped into the subjects, quote unquote wig layer. The Hue slider lets you effortlessly choose your perfect color. And since it's an adjustment layer, you can change it anytime for any reason, no problem. The saturation also gives you a ton of control. You can bring the slider all the way down if you are looking for a great or silver hair color. This hair here is reacting reasonably well to just straight up using the Hue slider as is. But if you find your subjects hair is not as evenly toned and is doing that everything is turning rainbows and is magical look, go ahead and check mark colorized to make the hair one even tone of color. Getting rid of that rainbow hair effect that can sometimes pop up. Hair isn't all about color however, you can use brightness contrast and curve adjustment layers to both brighten and darken hair. I prefer curves personally, as you get much more control over the shadows and the highlights of the hair. But brightness contrast works in a pinch, when you're just really in a hurry. Just like in earlier videos, those hair brushes we made can come in very, very handy if you need to spot treat some areas. If you don't want to mess with your hair's layer mask, you can always create a new layer and paint solid color strands of hair. Or, you can set your layers mode to Color, and re color some of the existing hair that the mask may have left out. You can also play with layers set to Hue or just any layer mode. I've definitely found some very interesting fun effects, just by flipping through layer modes and being like wow, that's amazing. Overall though, I tend to prefer Hue saturation adjustment layers when making drastic changes, and then using color layers when I need to really tweak the hair color just slightly. And, that's all you need to make the rainbow hair of your dreams. We are getting close to the end here, as we look at how to add more movement and reshape hair. Coming up next in the Ultimate Guide to Hair in Photoshop

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