Adobe Photoshop has given artists the tools to organize, retouch and manipulate photographs and illustrations for more than 20 years. For many digital photographers, Photoshop is the preferred software for retouching and color correction. One way to adjust a photograph is to change the subject’s hair color. Photoshop contains the tools needed to complete this simple task.
Open the digital photograph you want to alter in Photoshop and click “OK.”
Select the “Magnetic Lasso” tool for the toolbar and use it to select only the hair in the photograph. Click on a point at the edge of the hair and gently move the tool to outline the hair area. The Magnetic Lasso tool automatically finds the edges of an object. Complete the selection by returning to the place you started and connecting the ends of the path. The hair selection is enclosed in a moving dotted line.
Choose the Polygonal Lasso or Lasso tool to fine-tune the selection. Hold down the “Alt” key while clicking with the either tool to remove sections of the selection. Hold down the "Shift" key and click to add sections to the selection.
Click on “Select” in the menu bar, followed by "Modify" and "Feather.” Enter a feather radius of about 5 pixels. Click “OK.”
Click on “Layer” in the menu bar, followed by “New Adjustment Layer” and select “Hue/Saturation.” Name the adjustment layer, if desired, and click “OK.”
Slide the “Hue” tab on the "Color Balance" dialog box to change the color of the hair. Slide the “Saturation” tab to make the color more or less vibrant. Move the “Lightness” tab to make the hair color lighter or darker.
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