Those who follow fashion know that there is a “metallic” hair color for men and women, and this is especially evident in fashion photography.
Hair editing has often been a challenging process. Even with the most careful editing, the results were often unrealistic and the manipulations obvious. This workflow changes everything.
Step 1: Mask the hair
Fortunately, the Quick Select tool in Photoshop makes the hair mask easy. Open the image you want to edit. Select the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbar.
Resize the brush using the square bracket keys on the keyboard, now select the hair using the selection pen – you can see the tiny ants around the selection. If your selection is too far away, use the control key to decrease the selection
Once you have selected the hair, click the Refine Selection button among the selection options. This allows you to soften the edges and add a little transparency to the selection to make it more realistic. You will see a new palette that has selected some edge options. First, select the On White option from the View Mode slider.
This enables you to see only the selection of hair. Then select the brush from the left and set its radius between 1.5 and 2.5, this will vary depending on your image. You can now brush up some of the transparency at the edges, especially since there is fine hair like the hair on the left in this image.
After trimming the edges, go to the Output section and select New Layer with Layer Mask. This selection puts the smoothed edge in a new layer, which you will use in the next step.
Step 2: Create your color
First go to the Layers palette. Here, you will create a special adjustment layer using Color Balanceadjustment. To do this, first make sure that the thumbnail mask image is created in your layer. Do not click on the thumbnail image. What you are doing here is telling the adjusting layer to affect only the choice of hair.
Now take the CTR and click on the layer mask thumbnail to use the ant selection on your image. Next, at the bottom of the Layers palette, click the Adjustment Layers icon to create a new adjustment layer. Select Color Balance from the drop-down list. You will now see a new adjustment layer called Color Balance at the top of the layer list.
Now activate the Color Balance layer by clicking on the thumbnail. This will create a color drop-down list and you can now create your own hair color. Remember to use the slider at the top of the pop-up to adjust the shadow and brightness.
You are now ready to use the color. Depending on whether you want a bold and artistic look or stylish and metallic, your color will be selected in the color adjustment layer. Play by changing the colors around the desired color and write down the results. In the last step, you can adjust the intensity and transparency of the color to make it look more beautiful, no matter what style you show.
Step 3: Mix Modes and Opacity
At this point, you can adjust the details to make sure your new hair color looks realistic, not painted or Photoshopped. All you have to do now is set the opacity mode and the blend mode modes. HUE blend mode with 75% opacity gives a metallic image.
Try SATURATION or SOFT LIGHT for bolder images. Depending on what colors you use, you can achieve great looks with DARKEN and SCREEN.
Here we have four completely different perspectives. They are all from the same file and an adjustment layer just by changing the color balance. And their intensity has changed with the use of blur and blend modes.