Hair in Photoshop
● Learn to Connect - the - Dots Using the Pen Tool.
✓ Brush Tool ✓ Stroke a Line ✓ Pen Tool
• This tutorial is the 4th in a series designed to help complete the Photoshop Portrait Project:
1 - Line Art 2 - Face Color 3 - Face Shading 4 - Hair 5 - Highlights 6 - Eyes
Other People's Work:
Here are some examples inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Project in PhotoShop ~
✗ Open your sketch from this tutorial …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … create a new layer between your sketch layer and your face color layer and name it hair color.
Step #2: Pen Tool ~
✗ Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✗ … connect-the-dots around your hair.
✗ When you get back to where you began, close the shape.
Step #3: Add Anchor Points ~
✗ Cmd(⌘)+Click the line to activate it.
✗ Now you can add Anchor Points …
Step #4: Adjust the Line ~
✗ Hold Cmd (⌘) and drag the anchor points to make curves.
✗ Adjust the Bezier by holding the Cmd(⌘) key down, too.
Step #5: Set the Brush ~
✗ Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
✗ … click to open the Brush Preset picker …
✗ … pick a Soft Round Brush …
✗ … and set your color to default by hitting the letter (D).
Step #6: Pen Tool ~
✗ Get the Pen Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (p).
Step #7: Stroke the Path ~
✗ Switch to the Paths palette …
✗ … (If you can't see the Paths palette, go to: Window > Paths) …
✗ … click on the path layer and hit "Stroke Path With Brush".
✗ There are many variations to this technique. Do whatever works best …
Step #8: Load Path as a Selection ~
✗ Next, in the Paths palette, click "Load path as a selection" …
✗ … which selects the area.
Step #9: Color your Hair ~
✗ Color your hair with the Brush Tool …
✗ … or, you can use the Paint Bucket to fill in your hair with the color of your choice.
Step #10: Highlights ~
✗ Make another New Layer and put it above the hair color layer …
✗ … highlight your hair with a lighter color.
Step #11: Smudge Tool ~
✗ Get the Smudge Tool …
✗ … and try smudging your hair to make it look better.
✗ Try different colors and effects!
Step #12: Shading your Hair ~
✗ Create a new layer above the hair color layer and call it hair shade .
✗ Now shade the hair.The color used here is #53402b but use any color that looks good to you.
✗ Clean up the shading with an eraser.
✗ More Shade! Make another new layer BELOW the hair shade layer:
✗ Use a lighter shade color then the first shade layer and repeat:
✗ Use the eraser if necessary - Do a Good Job!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your file as a .psd
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.