How to Realistically Change Hair and Fur Color in Adobe Photoshop

Do you want to learn how to change hair
color in Photoshop in this tutorial I will show you how to do it using a very
versatile technique. I’ll teach you how to select an object and how to adjust
its colors without affecting the original image my name is Monika Zagrobelna and this is how to change the color of an object in Photoshop on a
Envato Tuts+. Open your photo in Photoshop find the lasso tool on the
toolbar and press it to reveal the sub tools select the magnetic lasso tool
click somewhere over the outline of the hair and then slowly move along it do
your best but don’t worry about the perfect
outcome we’ll fix it all in a moment. after you meet the first
point click it to close the selection we have a selection now but it’s not
perfect to fix it click refine edge a new window will show up and the picture
will change to present the edge of the selection you can choose the way of
presenting it overlay shows the best the picture outside of the selection for
example hair that’s not selected yet and on black on white shows the selected
area most clearly check smart radius and play with the slider below a little
observe how it effects the edge of the selection if you move your cursor over
the picture you’ll notice you have a special brush it’s called their fine
radius tool you can use it to show the program the places that should be
carefully added to the selection be patient and feel free to experiment if
you must app you can always cancel and start with a clean slate when you’re
done change output to new layer with layer mask and press ok a copy of the
layer will be created if you hide the original one you should see the hair
only but as powerful as their fine edge – is it still problem based so it can’t
see everything let’s add some manual fixes add a new layer on the bottom and
fill it with black using the paint bucket tool then lower the opacity of
the original picture to see the face only slightly go back to the copied layer it has a
layer mask black areas on the mask tell the layer which areas should be
transparent and white tell it which should be opaque if you click on the
mask you can paint on it to modify it using this rules take a soft brush with
a low flow and carefully modify the areas next to the skin the change
between the skin and hair shouldn’t be too abrupt use black white or various
shades of grey to make certain parts transparent opaque or in various levels
of transparency when you’re done drag the opacity of the original picture back
to 100% photoshop now knows what we want to change so it’s time for the fun part
select the hue/saturation adjustment click the adjustment to make it affect
only the hair check colorize to have full access to all the options and then
play with the hue slider to change the colors this will allow you to explore
the colors within your present shade you can also easily make the color darker
with this technique just by lowering the lightness so if you have blond hair
you’re lucky you can get all the beautiful colors just by playing the
sliders if you want a more saturated color and your hair is dark there’s more
work to do first create a darker version of the color and then duplicate the
adjustment and create the color you actually want right click the second adjustment layer
and select blending options can you see the greyscale sliders below you can use
them to make certain parts of the picture transparent drag the lower black
marker to the right and the layer will reveal the darker parts of the layer
below if you hold the Alt key the marker will split and the effect will be more
gradual you can use exactly the same method to add highlights just create a
new adjustment layer with an extreme version of the same color and remove
most of it keeping it visible only over the bright parts what about bright
colors like blonde just like with real dark hair we need to
bleach it first create three adjustment layers with no saturation dark brighter bright and use blended to combine them now you can easily add another
adjustment layer with any bright color you wish you can use this technique to
create many beautiful shades both realistic and unreal just keep in mind
you need to control the contrast on your own Photoshop won’t stop you from
creating a fake effect if you want to share your results don’t forget to
adjust the original hair mask to make sure everything looks the best it can
for example bright vivid colors should reflect subtly on the face now you know
how to change the color of an object in Photoshop I hope you enjoyed this
tutorial and thanks for watching


  1. Fantastic video! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

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