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Coloring Hair in Photoshop by mree Coloring Hair in Photoshop by mree
Alright, the hair tutorial is up! This is undoubtedly what I get the most questions about--how to color hair--so I hope this is kind of what people were looking for. I also included how I color black and white hair, as I did get some requests for a tutorial on how to do that. :heart: Be forewarned, as always, that my style is not meant to be completely realistic and that I *do* use the Dodge/Burn tools quite liberally with hair. If that's not a style you like, then this tutorial may not be all that helpful for you. Also, this is a continuation of the last two tutorials, Skin [link] and Eyes [link] If you don't know what the Dodge/Burn tools are, you might want to look at the Eye tutorial (where I introduce those tools). This tutorial also assumes you have a basic understanding of Photoshop and what layers are. Again, this is done in Photoshop CS but you can also use Photoshop 5.0-7.0 with the same tools and effects.

Hope you enjoy! :heart:
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mariaivone Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
AkuZone Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely....Ok bye going to Practice that :)
RDxvill Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Great tutorial very helpful
DemonicDances Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Used this tutorial here:…

Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
BrainyxBat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your tutorial for this pic here, but I did a bit more to it. ^^
the-luciferus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Do you have an account on:
Proud2BMe1936 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!!!! :D
xCookiexMonsterx23 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE ALL your tutorials they helped me so much, I have Photoshop CS 6 but the same rules apply. I never thought to even do it this way, thank you! :)
sailoraya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks you so much didn't trough that!
BakaCreationz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice tutorial o3o me likey
xSEHNSUCHTx Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! I am working on a drawing and I am lost, this helps a lot! I have a mouse, no tablet yet, but it's working out fine!
Goldenstar86 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
This is going to help me heaps . thank you
JDkimble Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, these tutorials have helped me out so so much!
Violeteu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me so much. o.o Even though I use Paint Tool Sai, I managed to try out this way of colouring hair. It's probably the most beautiful hair I've ever made. (at least in full colour) It's not as good as yours, but it better than what I usually draw cx Thank u!
neon-skull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
u might have just saved my brain a lot of strain. thanks great tutorial :D
AelitaSchaefferFan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial! This should help me a lot :D
Is that supposed to be Dib's hair on the top right?
fobregon89 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
muy interesante
smeltlikesafety Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really easy to understand, thanks so much! :heart:
M00nlightMagic Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is reallyreallyreally useful! Thank you for making this!! :squee:
I used this technique, linked back to this tutorial and credited you~ [link] [link]
Strawb3rry-D3mon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice <3 !It's
an absolutely gorgeous
tutorial (:
PunkPirate-art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome technique!
Tarisutan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot for this tutorial. Practicing now and I have this down for the most part :D
MrHloxe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
CarnalClown Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is an amazing tutorial especially for beginners like me thanks!!!!!!!!!!
Tainted-reflection Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Wow, very helpful! Thank you!
Jusbene Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial. Never thought of using the burn or dodge tools. ^^; This helps a lot. :)
beckzorz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Fantastic! This is such a great reference— it's clear, detailed, and SIMPLE! This is such a wonderful thing for all of us who aspire to be as wonderful as you <3 Thank you for sharing!
Sidewaysnines Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so helpful, thanks so much!
Sephinta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this! Very helpful. <3
trastuspies Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
This is really good, thank you :)
thank you so much for the tutorial!
DragonBrush95 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
this should help a bunch thanks. :)
sasuhina123 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lucky i have to used a mouse pad to draw. it's not bad for a person who uses their thumb
DemonlyCookies Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
This is not my style of drawing, but I want ti to be my style of coloring! thanks for the tutorial! Faved!
tenshifish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
hi this is a really good tutorial~
i was just wondering so basically you use a really thin hair-like sized brush for the dodge and burn tool to mimic individual hair stands and the rest is actually a solid colored brush for other strands of hair right? ><
sorry for being a dumbass xD
kilalasenpai Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial!! I never realized you could really do that in photoshop. Sorry, still new at it XD
AskHazama Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
((Where can I find a good, free and a full version of Photoshop?))
Yuuki-VK17 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Artist
this is awesome i liked to try it :D
Sherman-WIP Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much! This is a fantastic tutorial! Very informative!
FantageJenny Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This would help! But what is burn and dodge exactly? And did u draw it with only the mouse or with curve lines? I always have trouble with the mouse moving correctly.
RadioMurders Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
burn and dodge are two tool on photoshop. burn darkens the colour below it. dodge lightens the colour below it. And I believes that the artist uses a tablet with a pen. curve lines wouldn't give an organic enough line and mice are very difficult to get the lines how you want. tablets give you the ability to draw on the computer the same way you would draw on paper. hope that helped
FantageJenny Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, thanks for the help! ^_^ :hug:
RadioMurders Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it helped :)
FashionPixie Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, this is all in one layer? ^^
TriBlurr Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
This looks like a great resource. Thanks for uploading it.
MechaKraken Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... this is just what I was looking for! My hair is starting to look much better after using the tips you mentioned. Thank you very much for sharing your expertise with us! =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D
ReverieJune Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
this helped me SO much! thanks for the great tutorial!
Steh23 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good work!! This need a tablet?
LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I will try this!
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