In this Photoshop CS4 Tutorial, I will teach you how to extract and edit someone’s hair. The method comes in hand when you want to select the hair using Smart Highlighting filter. So this tutorial will guide you step by step on how you can change your friend’s hair color.
Complete guide on how to extract hair
Step 1 – Select the image that you would like to edit.
Step 2 – Open the image in Photoshop CS4
Right click on your image open with Adobe Photoshop.
Step 3 – Duplicate the main layer by pressing CTRL + J
Step 4 – Desaturate the image by pressing SHIFT + CTRL + U
Step 5 – Levels adjustment (CTRL + L)
Adjust you image in order to define edges around the hair. After this step we can focus on how to extract the hair.
Step 6 – Extract hair using the Extract Filter (ALT + CTRL + X)
The image will appear in a new window where you will use the Highlighter tool (B) to cover the edges around the hair. After you have created an outline select the Fill tool (G) in order to color the areas you want to retain.
Use CTRL + / – to zoom in/out
To drag the image press Space (Hand Tool)
To set the brush size press [ or ]
In order to have a well-defined edge select Smart Highlighting
Step 7 – Click Preview
To modify results use Edge Touchuo Tool (T). This tool cleans edges. Hold down CTRL to move the edge. Press 1-9 to change pressure.
Use Cleanup Tool (C) to modify results. Hold down ALT to make opaque. Press 1-9 to change the pressure.
Finally, click OK to extract hair.
Change hair color
Step 8 – Change the hair color using Hue/Saturation (CTRL + U)
Select Colorize and change the hair color.
Below are a couple of color change examples. You can choose the color that you prefer. Be creative!