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How To Style Hair In Photoshop

Feb 03

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Nice Hair Style Kid

Altering a hair style in Photoshop is fun, quick, and can make a huge difference in a photo. Today we show you how to use the liquify tool to shape hair and curves adjustment layers to bring it to life. We even finish the episode off by using the pen tool to cut out the hair from the background.

Liquify Tool

Get prepped to liquify by making a stamp visible layer (Shift+Alt+Optn+E), making a selection around the area you would like to change and go to Filter – Liquify. Grab the Forward Warp Tool in the Liquify dialog and get ready to have some fun.

Using the Liquify tool is straightforward, simply click on an area of an image and drag it where you want it. Depending on your brush size you will either effect a small area or a large area. We generally suggest choosing a larger brush than you think you may need.

In this tutorial we show you how to change brush sizes as you edit and how to shape hair into something epic.

Light and Dark

In this episode we use curves to dodge and burn, adding depth to the image and giving the hair a bit more body.

Often times using a curves adjustment layer to change color will result in hair not looking natural, that is because it colors the highlights, shadows, and mid tones equally. In this case the highlights of the hair were turned red, but should remain looking more natural. To correct this color shift we grab the color from our subject’s forehead and paint it over the highlights and use Blend If to make it blend in. It is a difficult concept to explain, but the video will make it clear.

If you thought this episode was great our “Pro Tutorials” are about 10 times better, more in-depth detailed information, and are priced perfectly for the photographers and photoshoppers wanting to become the best. Of course we teach it the right way, you just have to get access to the lesson check out

  • Cheri Breen


  • ASChana

    Bring back the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures below each video tutorial please :)

  • Brian Desimone

    super cool! Aaron, is that real coffee in your coffee cup? looks a bit frightening.

  • Jimi Anderson

    I second this for sure. Great tutorial!

  • Sarp Abdullah Gültemiz

    portion in your hair, sharpness stopped. Blurring to the hair brush, you could use.

  • Jaime Lacayo C.

    I third the petition!!!!

  • Antony Shvain

    I am the fourth, and I support the previous statements!
    To me for such a hairstyle photoshop isn’t needed, enough to wake up in the morning)))

  • Pablo Rodriguez

    I 5 it up :)

  • greatwhite

    i can put ur tutorial on my website

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