Colorize your hair using Photoshop


In this tutorial you will learn how to colorize or change hair color using Adobe Photoshop. To do that follows some steps.

Getting Started...

Open the image you of which you want to colorize hair then click on the channels tab on the layers palette.
duplicate the blue channel by right clicking and choosing duplicate channel on the channel.
Click o.k. in the duplicate channel dialogue box.
Turn the visibility off of the channels other than the blue copy channel by clicking on the eye icon on the channels palette and start working on the duplicated channel
From tools palette select dodge tool
Set these options for this tool.


Now highlight the image other than the hair. You can also change the exposure of the tool as needed.

Now from tools palette again select burn tool.

Set the settings for the burn tool range

Now burn the image using this tool

After burning the hair click on the Channel by holding down the Ctrl key.
It will make selection of the channel.

And turn the visibility on of the other channels and click on the layers tab.
Press Ctrl J to make a new layer with selected area and turn the visibility off of the original image.

Now use eraser tool to erase the area other than the hair.


Now from the layers palette click on the effects button and choose color overlay from the drop down list.

Set the blend mode to hue and click o.k. turn the visibility on of the original image.

Click on the color box and select your own color for the hair and see the color of the hair has successfully changed to different color.

You can also change the hair color to any color you want by clicking on the color box and selecting color from the color picker.


You should now be able to change the colour of the hair to whatever colour you wish. Hope this has been help to you.

This page was published on



  • Votes
  • Oldest
  • Latest

pretty cool stuff

add a comment

Rebecca, Great tutorial.

It's so much quicker than using the pen tool and trying to mirror the shape of hair and other items.

Would this work on CS3 as well?

add a comment

Yes it should work in a similar fashion in CS3/4

add a comment