How to Change Hair Color in Photos Without Photoshop

How to Change Hair Color in Photos

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How to Change Hair Color on a Picture without Photoshop

Like to experiment with your looks? Then discover how to change hair color in a picture! This way, you’ll see how your dream hair looks in reality and find out if it suits you well. What comes to your mind when you think of a hairstyle changer? I bet it’s Photoshop. Trust me, even if you knew how to change hair color in Photoshop you’d consider this way too complicated. The fact is, to retouch your images professionally, you don’t have to have major technical knowledge and photo editing skills. Try PhotoWorks - an easy photo editing program for PC that will make image manipulation convenient and enjoyable for you.

Change hair color in photo and see the result

Changing hair color on a picture: Before-After

For a start, download and install this hair photo editor on your computer. Next, follow 3 simple steps described below and you’ll learn how to digitally color hair: go blonde or brunette in just a couple of minutes!

Step 1. Select a Suitable Photo

For a striking result of hair color changing, you’ll need a proper photo - not every image will fit. To change hair color on a photo effectively, pick a portrait that meets the following requirements:

  • hair is well visible and doesn’t cover the face
  • no filters or hair toning applied
  • no shadows or glares on hair.

Take a glance at the examples below and you’ll see what kinds of photos are unsuitable for this kind of editing. Having chosen one of suchlike pictures, you will most probably get an unnatural or unaesthetic effect.

Choose a photo for hair recoloring

Pick a proper photo to change hair color for a realistic result

Now that we’ve selected a suitable photo for enhancing, let’s recolor the hair on it.

Pick a suitable portrait to change hair color

Step 2. Try Different Hair Colors on Your Picture

Launch PhotoWorks and add the photo for digital hair coloring. In the Retouch tab, there’s an extensive editing toolkit to work on portrait pictures. To change hair color, select the Adjustment Brush tool. Adjust the brush size, feather and opacity settings: choose how big, soft and clear it will be. With the brush, start painting over the hair to create a special mask layer.

Select the Adjustment brush

Thoroughly paint over the hair with the Adjustment Brush

After that, open the Tone Mapping tab. Click the Color settings and on the palette shown pick the hue you want to apply. Make the hair darker or lighter or even test hair colors like green or blue.

Choose the color for your hair

The built-in palette offers you a wide range of colors - pick a natural or an unusual one

To boost the effect, move the Amount slider to the right.

Control the effect amount

Increase or decrease the effect amount to find the best color

The way 2 layers mix with each other is important. For a realistic, cute and attractive look of the hair, opt for Color Dodge. However, there are no strict rules on what blending mode to choose, so feel free to experiment and see what you look like with a different hair color without the need to put on a wig. By the way, trying beard colors for your boyfriend is possible in PhotoWorks as well.

Become a Raven-Haired in a Flash

Want to go from blonde to brunette? It’s worth testing the new hair color on a picture first. To darken the hair, pick a black color and blend it in the Soft light mode.

Become brunette

Like to Be Original? Choose Violet!

Your photo won’t stay unnoticed if you turn brown hair to magenta - choose a violet hue on the color palette and mix 2 layers in the Screen blend mode.

Pick the original color for your hair

Add Some Delicacy to Your Hair

Hazel-colored hair looks amazing and suits almost any face type. To achieve it, select a white color or a beige shade on the palette. Then, blend it with the source in the Overlay mode.

Make your hair look delicate

Want to Stand Out? Go Bright!

Change your hair dye on a photo to burgundy - bright hair vibes will look striking yet natural if you blend using Color Dodge.

Become a read-head

Want to see this virtual wig simulator in action? Click the Play button and watch the comprehensible video tutorial below:

Step 3. Improve Your Portrait

Now, add the last artistic touch to make your photo perfect. Move to the Effects tab at the top of the program. There you’ll find a vast library of ready-made instant filters for your images: lighting, toning, vintage effects and quick enhancements. You can try them all - to preview the effect, just click on it, the program will apply it to your photo automatically. The ‘Focus on the middle’ effect turns this pic to a cover photo, doesn’t it?

Enhance your portrait

One-click effects will boost your image quality - try and see for yourself

And another thing: PhotoWorks is not just a photo editor that can change a hair color. With this app, you can make your portraits look highly professional. Download the software and you’ll be able to crop your portraits for an amazing scene composition, to erase all kinds of blemishes for smooth healthy skin, remove glare from pictures so your skin won't look oily, to stylize your photos with color effects for a unique look or add tone mapping textures to make them vintage.


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