How to Change HAIRSTYLES in Photoshop – Realistic Hair Swap Tutorial
How to Change HAIRSTYLES in Photoshop – Realistic Hair Swap Tutorial

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how
to change hairstyles in Photoshop. Hey everyone. Welcome to the Photoshop Training Channel. My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Instagram @JRfromPTC. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how
to composite new hair on somebody’s head to give them a new hairstyle. We’re going to work with this image here. This is an Adobe Stock image. You can download this at Adobe Stock image
and the hair image that I’m going to use from Adobe Stock; I have the links on my website. You can use the free watermarked versions
if you like. So I have this image here that we’re going
to use for the hair. I’m going to click and drag it on to the canvas
and I’m going to scale this image up. You want to make sure that the image that
you bring in is pretty large so that you can work with them undistorted. Also, no matter what images you use, you got
to make sure that the perspective is similar and that the skin tones are also similar. They don’t have to be, but it makes the compositing
job a whole lot easier. Also, notice that this model has a highlight
on the left-hand side of his face and so does this one, so this image will work well. We just have to color correct the image and
also distort it. The first step is to select the Lasso Tool
and make a selection around the hair. You can do a very loose selection if you like. Then, click on the Layer Mask icon and we
always want to work non-destructively so I’m going to right-click on that layer and convert
that into a Smart Object. Now, I can press Ctrl T, Command T, to transform. I can move this around, I can distort it,
and what I’m going to do is try to place the hair as best as I can on that face. So, I’m going to bring down the opacity so
I can see through the layer and better match this layer. You’re not going to be able to get a 100%
perfect match and that’s okay, as long as you get it close enough, you should be okay. So I’m trying to figure out where the hairline
is going to be. If you’re somebody who’s into drawing, you’ll
know that the distance between the eyebrows and the nose is the same distance between
the eyebrows and the hairline, so I’m sort of estimating that distance, just sort of
eyeballing it there, so something like that. You could also rotate the image if you want
to try to match it better. In this case, I think this will work. So, I’m going to right-click on the layer
and select Warp so I can continue warping the image to, again, try to match it as best
as I can to the head. And I think that something like this will
work. I’m going to tap on the check mark, bring
up the Opacity up to 100% and this will probably work. And what we’re going to do now is try to match
the skin tones and the hair so that it matches our model, that way it looks more realistic. So, I’m going to select that layer, the hair
layer, and that’s what I’ll call it. I’ll call it “hair” and I’ll create a Selective
Color Adjustment Layer. Click on this icon to clip it to the layer
below it. You could also press Ctrl Alt G, that’s Command
Option G on the Mac, to make that into a clipping mask. You’ll see this down pointing arrow once you
do that. And what we’re going to do is select reds
because that is where the skin tones usually lie. If you noticed, the skin tones and the hair
layer are pretty yellow. So, we’re going to go into the yellow and
reduce the yellow. Notice that as soon as we do that, the skin
tones look much closer to the original layer. I’m also going to reduce the cyan to add just
a little bit of red. Then, I can adjust the black slider to make
it just a little bit brighter. I’m going to go into the yellows and I’ll
do the same thing. I’ll reduce the yellows and maybe reduce the
cyans as well. So, that’s before and after. Notice that the skin tones look much better
now. I can then go into the blacks and adjust the
black slider to adjust the contrast of that hair, to make that hair darker, trying to
match this hair to his beard as best as possible. So, something like that would work; that’s
before and after. We can continue working with our composite. We can always come back and adjust the Selective
Color Adjustment Layer later. We’re going to work with masking the hair
out of the background, and to do that, we’re going to double-click on this smart object
so that we can open that up in a new tab, and from here, we can extract the hair from
the background. Since the hair is pretty dark and the background
is white, we can use Channels to help us create our selection. We can click on each individual channel and
see which channel has more contrast between the foreground and background, in this case,
maybe the blue channel has more contrast, so I’m going to click and drag the blue channel
on to the New Channel icon to create a duplicate. Then, I can go into Image, Adjustment Levels,
and create some contrast here to make the background completely white and the hair,
as black as possible to make that selection. And I’m trying not to destroy the small strands
of hair. I’m trying to push it as far as I can, so
something like that will work. Then I’m going to select the Brush Tool and
paint with black. I’m going to make sure that my Opacity and
Fill are at 100% and I’m just going to paint with black inside of that hair. Don’t worry about being too precise. Sometimes people spend a lot of time on selections
and masks that they won’t end up using. So, for now, I’m going to do this very loose
mask and if I need to refine it later, I’ll come back and refine it. That is one of the advantages of working non-destructively. I’m going to tap the X key on the keyboard
to swap my foreground and background color so I could now paint with white and remove
some of these pixels, and notice that I’m not being very precise once again. And if you know anything about masks, you
know that white reveals and black conceals. So, we want to invert this channel to the
opposite, so we can press Ctrl I, Command I on the Mac, to invert. Now the hair is white, which is what will
be kept, so I’m going to press Ctrl, that’s Command on the Mac, and click on the channel
thumbnail to make a selection out of the bright pixels. Then, I’m going to click on RGB to bring all
the channels back, go into the Layers panel, and I can just delete that layer mask and
click on the Layer Mask icon to create a new one. So, now, we’ve extracted the background from
the foreground. I’m going to close this tab, click “Yes” and
notice the difference now on our working composite. At this point, I’m going to make a few more
distortions to try to match the hair better to my image. So, with the hair layer selected, I’m going
to go into Filter, Liquify, and I’m going to use the Liquify Filter to adjust this. Make sure that you have the Forward Warp Tool
selected. Also make sure that Show Backdrop is selected. Under Use All Layers, select the background. In my case it’s the background. It may be different for you. You want to select the layer where the model
is at, then under Mode, select Behind. That way, when you adjust the Opacity, the
hair disappears and all we’re left with is the model layer. If you select something else like In Front,
notice that there’s a difference when you adjust the Opacity slider. If you select something else like “hair,”
then you really don’t get what you want, so make sure it’s background or the layer where
the model is. And for Mode, Behind and then you’ll get this
effect. Now, I can come in here and I can start distorting
the pixels to try to match the contours of the head and try to match the hairline and
everything else. Take this opportunity to style the hair differently
if you need to and usually, large brushes work best. You can adjust the size of the brush by using
the bracket keys on the keyboard and you can always increase the opacity just to see what
you got, decrease it and continue distorting the image as you need to. I think that looks pretty good for now and
I’m going to press OK. I want to point out that this is a non-destructive
effect since we used a smart object, you can see the Liquify label here. If we were to double-click on it, it brings
back the Liquify filter and we can continue adjusting it. The cool thing is that we can select the Deconstruct
Tool and if we wanted to, we can deconstruct that distortion that I made earlier. I don’t want to do that, but that option is
there available for you in case you make a mistake and you want to go back. I’m going to press Cancel just so that I don’t
keep that reconstruction. At this point, I can continue working with
my hair layer so I’m going to add a layer mask and I’m going to fine tune the mask that
I created earlier, so I’m going to paint with black and I’m going to paint with black so
I can hide some of these pixels that I don’t really need; got to get some of these pixels
here by the ear and the other ear. I’m going to double tap on the Hand Tool and
that’s our result. We’re going to make a few adjustments to the
shadows and highlights found on the hair layer. To do that, I’m going to create a Curves Adjustment
Layer and I’m just going to make a clipping mask out of it. This time, I’m going to use the keyboard shortcut
Ctrl Alt G, Command Option G on the Mac, and I’m going to make that layer darker now. I’m trying to match the shadows here and I’m
going to change the Blending Mode to Luminosity so that we don’t affect the color. Notice what happen when I change the layer
to Luminosity. So, here’s Normal; notice that the colors
are adjusted, but if I change the Blending Mode to Luminosity, I just control the Luminance
values, and that’s really what I want. So I can adjust this layer to try to match
it as best as I can. And I’m only worried about that shadow at
the moment. Once I find that I have something similar,
I’m going to select the Layer Mask, click on the Invert button, and that is going to
make a black layer mask, which is going to hide everything, and then I can selectively
paint in the shadows that I want, so I can just come in here and paint some of these
shadows in there. And actually, one trick that I can show you,
as for those of you that don’t have a Wacom tablet and you’re not using pressure sensitivity,
you can just paint with the mouse, once like so, and then go into Edit, Fade Brush Tool
and you can fade that brush stroke so you try to match it as best as you can, so maybe
something like that, and press OK. And I’m going to go into the hair layer and
I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to paint with black, hide all those
pixels and then go into Edit and Fade, and find a nice medium between both, so maybe
something like that. And that’s what it looks like. So, I think it might still be a little too
bright, so I’m going to just darken that up just a little more with the Curves Adjustment,
so something like that. Now I need to do the opposite. I need to make some of these pixels brighter
because you can see that shadow there on the hair that’s affecting the face. So, I can create another Curves Adjustment
Layer, then make a clipping mask and one trick that you can do for something like this is
you can click on this tool here, which is the Targeted Adjustment Tool. Click on the area that you want to adjust
and then drag up or down. In this case, I’m going to drag up and I’m
going to try to match the skin tones as best as I can, so something like that, and I’ll
do the same thing. I’ll come into the Layer Mask, hit the Invert
button, and then use the Brush Tool with white to reveal those highlights, and you can paint
those accordingly and you get a much better result; so that’s before and after. One thing that you may have noticed is that
the hair has less quality than the model layer. One of the things that you can do to fix that
is go into the background image which is our model. Convert that into a smart object and just
apply a slight blur. Let me zoom in so that you can see and then
go into Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and blur the image, but only blur it just a little
bit so that they both match, so maybe 0.4 pixels or something small like that, and that’s
before and after. You can see the difference there, and press
OK. In the ideal situation, both images will be
of similar quality. In this case, they’re not, so you do have
to make up for the fact that the hair doesn’t have the quality that we’re looking for. So I’m going to fit the image to screen and
one of the final steps is to make everything a little more cohesive, so I’m going to select
the model layer, which is the layer at the bottom, which is now labeled Layer 0 [zero]
and I’m going to hold Shift, click on the layer on top and right click and put all of
that into one single smart object. That way, we can go into Filter, Camera Raw
Filter, and we can adjust all these layers as a single image. I’m going to click on the Fx icon and I’m
going to add just a little bit of film grain and that just makes the image come together
a little more since it has a cohesive effect. Then, you could also try doing something like
Dehaze and increase the Dehaze just a tiny little bit, and that just gives it a little
more punch. So, that’s before and after. And you can press OK when you’re done and
this is our final image. And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you learned
something new. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
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36 thoughts on “How to Change HAIRSTYLES in Photoshop – Realistic Hair Swap Tutorial”

  1. Photoshop Training Channel says:

    Drop a comment with what else you'd like to see in future tutorials!

  2. Clipping Place says:

    Nothing o say about this thanks idea

  3. Music Freak says:

    Your name is Jesus? XD
    In the name of JESUS can i get an AMEN!!!!

  4. Vishwa Vijay says:

    Which software of Apple MacBook??

  5. Shahid Chishti says:

    Loe You <3
    Solve My Problem

  6. Lekza says:

    Thank you!!

  7. Asad Ashraf says:

    Photoshop software name please?

  8. DeadlySpam says:

    time to wave check some people

  9. Aiman Eldani says:

    Can you make a tutorial about remove beard for same image?

  10. Ирина Агибалова says:

    супер! дуже Вам дякую за нові знання!! багато нового дізналася з цього відео! особливо про можливості смарт! До речі, цьому чоловіку гарно із новою зачіскою!!!

  11. Reagen Ferreira says:

    how do i make my RGB layer in channels not go bright yellow and blue??

  12. Meme Lord 2.0 says:

    Best tutorial EVER! Thanks a lot, dude!

  13. Amal Thomas says:

    Which Photoshop version is using you??

  14. capo mezghani says:

    Bara nikomk

  15. Find Yourstrong says:

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  16. Bop says:

    Thanks this is gonna help my weird uncle to catfish a girl.

  17. jfeiow lqqmwl says:

    I got mine done and it looks real af. THANK YOU!

  18. Sandeep Poduval says:

    good one

  19. azareus says:

    Your name is jesus

  20. Culossus Culossus says:


  21. Michelangelo D'Elia fotografia e video says:


  22. Dinuka Croos says:

    I can't hide pixels when painting black

  23. Pablo Jr says:

    Could you please make the same video but with photo CC? I got a little lost

  24. Nadirsha Koonathil says:

    U r great

  25. Darius Sturge says:

    now i can update my tinder profile…

  26. Ak 17 says:

    thats awesome

  27. Dr.Muhammad Ali says:

    Can't believe

  28. charlou2006 says:

    NICE TECHNIQUE!!!! Thanks for Sharing! Now I can import hair from old pictures of mine so that the skin tone matches!!!

  29. Stigopopoluz says:

    ive literally watched this video 15 times and followed your steps but it doesnt work. when i click delete layer mask and create a new one and close it my original picture is there unedited,.

  30. faia mudi says:

    omg thank you so much you are the one to learn from for beginner also

  31. hard beats says:

    how do u get the menu to the right with the libraires thing

  32. Mirza Waqar Baig says:


  33. Rahul Garg says:

    please share wish photoshp app you are using

  34. Tman says:

    Coming from someone that could really benefit from having more/new hair….. bald tends to have reduced hair where the eye brows are….. Thick head of hair should have "bushier" eyebrows! Maybe a followup to this vid would be nice! 🙂

  35. Jack Ross says:

    Wow, that looks pretty real to me.

  36. Musthfa Kamal says:

    Where is your shop I want to hair replacement

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