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Fixing the color of hair roots

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Fixing the color of hair roots

In Photoshop, there are so many different ways to accomplish similar tasks, and that's definitely true with this technique here. We're going to look at another way to deal with hair color. In particular, we're going to focus in on the roots here that are little bit too light; they are also a bit gray. This technique works incredibly well when you need to change hair color, or add some color, or maybe when you need to just kind of paint over a gray area of hair. This technique involves using Hue/Saturation, so here we'll go ahead and click on Hue/Saturation, and then we need to turn on Colorize.

Fixing the color of hair roots

In Photoshop, there are so many different ways to accomplish similar tasks, and that's definitely true with this technique here. We're going to look at another way to deal with hair color. In particular, we're going to focus in on the roots here that are little bit too light; they are also a bit gray. This technique works incredibly well when you need to change hair color, or add some color, or maybe when you need to just kind of paint over a gray area of hair. This technique involves using Hue/Saturation, so here we'll go ahead and click on Hue/Saturation, and then we need to turn on Colorize.

Colorize works incredibly well when you need to add color to an area, especially like gray hair, because typically, with some of the other blending options, you can't bring color into something that's gray, or something that lacks color, yet with Colorize, you can. So here I'll go ahead and choose a Hue that might work for this part of the picture. Then we need to invert the mask. To do that, in the Properties panel, we can go over to our mask options, and here click Invert. The next step, of course, is to press the B key or to select the Brush Tool, then we want to paint with white, and make sure we have white there in our foreground color, and then I'm going to decrease my Opacity a bit, and then make the brush smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key I'm just going to paint over this area.

And again, this works really well whether we're working with roots, or if we have to cover up an area where we have a little bit of gray hair as well. All right, well now that we have that in there, if we need to change the color, we can go back to the adjustment layer, and here we can modify that, so that it really fits a particular photograph that we're working on. The next thing that I like to do when I'm doing this technique is I like to darken this, and it's really helpful to do that on a new layer. We'll use a technique which we've seen previously, and it involves creating a new layer, and here I'll go ahead and name this new layer darken.

Next, we'll change our blending mode to Soft Light. Now that we have a Soft Light blending mode for this layer, we can then paint with black with our Brush tool, and here I'll just use a similar Opacity, and I'm just going to paint over this area. Now, these brush strokes initially are going to seem really too harsh, yet we'll soften those out by applying a bit of blur to this area. So go to your Filter pulldown menu, choose Blur, and then finally, Gaussian Blur. And once we increase this blur, you can see we can kind of just fade that back in there, and then click OK.

The great thing about having this on its own layer is you can use the Move tool, and you can move this around, so you can get that just in the right spot. So here I'll use my arrow keys just to nudge that around. By darkening up that area, I'm going to draw the eye to that area less. In other words, they're going to be able to focus on the subject more, and that's really important with portraits. All right! Well, if we click on the eye icon, we can see the before and after of this quick technique that we can use in order to cover up little hair color problems, like gray hair, or maybe discoloration, and again, this is a really quick and easy technique that you can use in order to work on issues like this.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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