How to Change the Color of the Hair, Lips and Eyes in Photoshop

December 19, 2011 · 3 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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How would you look like if your hair, eyes and lips are different from what you have now? Well, you can find that out if you edit your photo changing everything on it that catches your fancy. To do that requires some knowledge of Photoshop. But even if you don’t know how to go around with Photoshop, you can still learn how basic photo manipulation is done on an image using a few number of tools.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the color of the hair, lips and eyes of a person’s image. That’s it. You will be able to learn how to transform a dull photo into something funky, cool and glamorous in a very simple method. If you have not get your feet wet in Photoshop ever since, don’t worry because this tutorial is very easy. In the end, you will be amazed about how good you already are when it comes to photo editing. So read on and follow the procedures.


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What we will be making is something like this.
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In this tutorial we will be using the photo of Amber Heard. You can of course use other photos that you find convenient. The concept is the same anyway.

STEP 1. The first thing that we should do, is of course  load the image and Unlock it. To do that Double-click the background and click OK.
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STEP 2. Grab the Pen Tool and start tracing the part of the hair by clicking on the surface. Make sure that you follow the waves and flow of the hair.
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STEP 3. Connect the nodes or anchor points of your selection then press CTRL+ENTER.
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STEP 4. Click SELECT, go down to MODIFY choose FEATHER and then change the FEATHER RADIUS to 6 pixels. This is to ensure that the edge of your layer fades smoothly against the background.
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STEP 5. Create another layer by clicking the sixth icon from the left at the bottom part of the layer box.
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STEP 6. Click the color picker
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STEP 7. On the color picker, choose the color that you want to pour on your layer then click OK. Here I am using the value #ff99ff.
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STEP 8. On your tool bar, grab the PAINT BUCKET  and click on the selection. After that, press CTRL+D to deselect.
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If you were able to do it right, the result should be like this.
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9.  To lighten the color, go to your Layer box, click the menu beside opacity then click COLOR.
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Your photo should look like this.
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STEP 10. Go to OPACITY then drag the bar to 95% or lower if necessary to make the color look natural.
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STEP 11. Repeat the procedure in number 2 up to number 10 using different colors in other parts of the hair.

So here, I’m putting the Pen Tool into action again to trace the lower left side part of the hair.
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This time the color that I use for the PAINT BUCKET is #ffcc66
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Again we trace the lower right portion of the hair with the PEN TOOL…
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…and grab the PAINT BUCKET with the same value as above (#ffcc66).
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Now, for the upper right portion of the hair, we’ll trace it carefully just like we did with the others…
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and set the value of our PAINT BUCKET at #99ff33 with the OPACITY of 32%.
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Again, its the PEN TOOL doing its work, tracing the upper layer at the right side
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This time our color for our PAINT BUCKET is #ff9933 with the OPACITY of 84%
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Still it’s the PEN TOOL for the selection below….
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with the same color and OPACITY as the one above. That is, #ff9933 and 84%.
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STEP 12. Now for the lips, since there are two parts, we’ll trace the upper lip first with our PEN TOOL, then after we have connected the nodes, we will start tracing the other one below it immediately.
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STEP 13. Press CTRL+ENTER. So here, we have two different unconnected selections that we will color all at the same time.
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STEP 14. Click SELECT, go down to MODIFY choose FEATHER and then change the FEATHER RADIUS to 3 pixels.

STEP 15.  Create another layer by clicking the sixth icon from the left at the bottom part of the layer box.

STEP 16.  Click the color picker and apply the value of #cc33ff then adjust the OPACITY to 69%. The lips should look like this.
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STEP 17. To change the color of the eyes, follow the procedure in changing the color of the lips (STEP 12-16) but apply a FEATHER RADIUS of 1 pixel and OPACITY of 90% 
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If you have followed the procedures correctly, the color of the eyes should look like this.
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STEP 18. To get rid of the dark colors at the edge (between the image and background), grab the CLONE STAMP and then hold ALT, click the background, release ALT and click the dark areas. Do this repeatedly until the dark areas are gone.

If you get all the procedures correctly, you will have this cool and amazing image below.
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Final Product

COMPARISON
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Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

tanveer April 21, 2013 at 8:25 am
link unifurn December 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Cool example! It’s very useful for me. Thank you so much for sharing and also for the great tutorial! :)

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Mani Mazz December 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

Really the basics of any photoshop usage, getting it a bit more “hardcore” would be to dye the roots of the hair.

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