How to change hair color in photoshop

In this photoshop for beginners article, we are going to cover a step by step tutorial on how to change your hair color in photoshop. This tutorial will be very useful for adding some coolness to either your photos or to pictures of others celebrities or stars to see just how they look with a different color!

1.       Choose a image of your choice and open up in photoshop.

2.       Create an adjustment layer by clicking on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” Button, and choose “hue/saturation…” from the drop down menu.

3.       A pop up window of hue/saturation will come up and we shift the saturation to “-100” and lightness to “+51”. This will turn the photo into faded black and white look.

4.       We are now ready to mask out the hair from the base photo so that it is easier for you in terms of changing hair color in photoshop. Having the mask selected, we choose brush tool and start painting the hair area with black color using a soft edge brush. It’s important to keep the edge soft as this will make the hair look more natural when we change its color later.

5.       With the hair painted, we go to Image>Adjustments>Invert or Control I. Notice the hair is now grey in color and the rest of the image is back to normal.

6.       We are now ready to change the hair color. Double click this icon and the Hue/Saturation window will pop up.

7.       By bring the saturation up and lightness down we are now able to bring the hair color tone back to normal. And by shifting the hue slider, we are able to change hair color as you like.

8.       To touch up the edge details, we can use a soft edge brush to paint the over ran areas with black color.

9.       Finally we go to Filter>Blur>Caussian Blur and give a value of “2.5” to further soften the mask’s edges. And this is the final result I have. I hope you will have fun with this little tutorial!

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13 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Lighthouse says:

    This was a great help. I actually used this techniqe twice on the same pic to change real dark hair to a strawberry blonde.

  2. Eileifr smith says:

    I think that we can use easily a Tutorial of Photoshop to design a Hair colour change.

  3. Wolfgang smith says:

    I think that there are many different ways to change a colour in Photoshop.

  4. Reza says:

    thank you. this is really great. share more easy tutorials similar to this one

  5. Sanjid says:

    Easy but useful tutorial. im trying it on my own way.

  6. nextgenjob says:

    Thanks Mr.Aaron for sharing this incredible post.I success to follow the tutorial.

  7. Swamykant says:

    It is so simple. Thanks for share.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Help me a lot.. thank you so much..

  9. Manish Deo says:

    You simply tutorial make me learn, Thanks

  10. webdevelopergeeks says:

    Ya, Helped me a lot while changing mine!!! Thanks.

  11. Swapan Chakraborty says:

    This is a effective tutorial for beginners. Please mention that which version of photoshop will most effective for designing.

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