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Change Hair/Fur Color in Photoshop

Posted on 29th May 2019
 For this tutorial, we will use an image containing “Hair” or “Fur”. The effect will work better if it has a clear background.

1 - In Photoshop, open the Image you chose to work with.

2 - Use the “Magnetic Lasso Tool” (L) and start by clicking just outside the “Hair”. Create a Selection around the “Hair”. Change the “Width” of the “Brush” and use the “Add” and/or “Subtract” from selection options if needed. The selection does not need to be perfect.

3 - Click on the “Select and Mask” button on the Top Menu and choose “Overlay” (V) as “View”.

4 - Check the “Smart Radius” box and move the “Radius” value up until you achieve smoother edges. Use the “Refine Edge Tool” (R) to clean up the selection.

5 - Change the “View” to “On Layers” (Y) and use the “Add” and/or “Subtract” from selection options if needed. Use the “Brush Tool” (B) if you need to further clean the edges and play with the “Smooth” and “feather” values too.

6 - Select “Output to New Layer” once you are done and click “OK”.

7 - Select the bottom Layer and then create a “New Layer” on top by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Fill it with Black using the “Paint Bucket Tool” (B) and making sure black is your “Foreground” color before clicking on it.

8 - Lower the “Opacity” of the “Black Layer” so you can see through a bit. Make sure the “Mask” Thumbnail is selected and then, with the “Brush Tool” (B) and using a smooth brush with a very low “Flow” (30%), smooth the edges of the Hair. Use White to add to the selection and Black to subtract from it.

9 - Turn Off the “Black Layer” and create a “New Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer” on top of everything, clip it to the Hair Layer by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Adjustments Panel” and check the “Colorize” box. Move the “Hue”, “Saturation” and “Lightness” levers until you get the desired color.

10 - Duplicate the “Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer” (Command/Control + J) and clip it down too. Double click its Thumbnail to open the “Layer Style” window and in “Blending Options” Tab head to the “Blend if Gray” section and move the Black lever slightly to the right. Option/Alt-click on top of the Lever to divide it and play around with it to achieve a smoother transition.

11 - Check it out.

by @lornacane

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