In this simple and easy Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to change the hair color of any picture using a mask. You’ll learn to use the quick mask mode tool, the Hue/Saturation adjustment and the blending mode. I am currently using Adobe Photoshop CS5, but you can be done in any versions of Photoshop just as well. I hope you will like this helpful tutorial.

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Tutorial details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 15 Mins

How to Change the Hair Color in Photoshop CS5: Final Preview

Change the Hair Color in Photoshop

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

External Resource

Photoshop Tools

Following Photoshop tools are used in this tutorial.

  • Brush Tool
  • Quick Mask Mode Tool

Lets start to change the hair color in Photoshop CS5.

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, and create a new Photoshop document. I am going to create a new document of 525 x 620 px with #ffffff color.

Change the Hair Color

Step 2

Insert the girl photo in Photoshop. Before getting started, you should make here skin smoother by going to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur and use these settings:

Surface Blur

After applying the Surface blur filter then we have get a smooth skin as like in preview.

Smooth Skin

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer by clicking on the Create new fill or adjustment layer button, and choose hue/saturation from the drop down menu.

Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer

A pop up window of hue/saturation will come up and we shift the Hue to -6 and saturation to -15.

Hue and Saturation

After applying the Hue/Saturation we have get cool effect on picture.

Hue and Saturation

Step 3

Press D and X keys from your keyboard to reset and swap your foreground and background colors. Enter the Quick Mask Mode (Q) and use a soft brush to paint the hairs as like in preview below.

Quick Mask Mode

Step 4

Then exit the quick mask mode just click on quick mask mode tool. Now you can see there selected area and unselected area as like in below. The area that we painted on is now turn into unselected area.

Quick Mask Mode Tool

Press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection areas as like in preview below.

Invert the Selection

Step 5

Press Ctrl+J to create a new layer with the selected area duplicated so that we can process it as we want.

Duplicate Layer

Step 6

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U) to bring up the Hue/Saturation box, adjust sliders to achieve the color you want.


After applying the Hue/Saturation, then made the more attractive look we change the blend mode into Soft Light. Now you can see the final preview below.

Final Preview

Change the Hair Color in Photoshop


So here it is your finished changing the hair color tutorial. You can try to make it in your own family and friends pictures. I hope you will have liked this tutorial. If you have any questions about this tutorial then feel free to you can share with us.