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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