Design Challenge Day 3: Changing Hair Color in Photoshop

Switching It Up

While I use InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop pretty much every day, there's definitely a hierarchy when it comes to my skillset. I've been using Photoshop for the longest by far, yet it's the software I struggle with the most. I'm not sure why, especially since I always thought Illustrator was much harder until I really started using it.

But since this is a challenge, I made myself work through a Photoshop tutorial today! What's the point of doing a challenge if not to push yourself, amirite? I chose tutvid's tutorial on changing hair color in Photoshop.

Learnings from Today's Tutorial

This one definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but I feel like I picked up some useful tricks. I learned how to blend adjustment layers together to bring out highlights, midtones, and shadows. I also liked that the tutorial discussed working with RGB channels and how to bring in the secondary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow).

Nathaniel Dodson is obviously a pro at what he does, and it shows in how quickly he speaks and works. (I tend to slow down my tutorials to about 75% or sometimes even 50% speed, depending on how quickly the presenter is working and speaking.) However, once he went through the first section of the tutorial, I was able to get the steps down and pay more attention to how to use the various adjustment layers to achieve different colored hair on the model in my photograph.

The Finished Product

I'm pretty proud of my results! The final results are far from perfect, but for a first-timer, I think they're decent. Like anything, it takes practice to improve and each tutorial is helping me identify the areas I need to work on.

I definitely need to improve my masking skills. I own a Wacom tablet and plan to use it when I do another Photoshop tutorial; that should help with defining some of the edge areas that can be difficult to do even with the brush tool.

Have you attempted to change hair color in Photoshop? I'd love to see your work.