How to Change Hair Color on a Photo Without Photoshop

How to Change Hair Color on Photos

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How to Change Hair Color on a Photo


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. Sounds too complicated? No worries! To retouch your images professionally, you don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop or have major technical knowledge and skills. Try PhotoWorks - an easy photo editing program that will make image manipulation convenient and enjoyable for you.

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 turn blonde hair to black and vice versa 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 all the images fit this option. 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 kind 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 suitable photo

Now that we’ve selected a suitable photo, let’s change hair color on it.

An appropriate photo to change hair color

Step 2. Try Different Hair Colors on Your Picture

Launch PhotoWorks and add the photo to edit. In the Retouch tab, there’s an extensive editing toolkit to work on portrait pictures. To change hair color, select the Adjustment Brush option. Adjust the brush size, feather and opacity settings: choose how big, soft and clear it will be. With the brush, create a special mask layer - that is, thoroughly run a contour of the hair and paint it over.

Create a special mask layer

Use the Adjustment Brush to paint the hair over

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 change hair color on photo to unusual colors like green or blue.

Select a hue for your hair

Choose a hue to apply or try different colors

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

Intensify the effect

Set the effect amount

The way 2 layers mix with each other is important. For a natural, 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.

Become a Raven-Haired in a Flash

Black hair will always look glossy, healthy and seductive!

Want to go a brunette? It takes just a few seconds to darken your hair on a picture with PhotoWorks - pick a black color and blend it in the Soft light mode.

Go brunette

Like to Be Original? Choose Violet!

Tried almost every color of the rainbow? It's high time for something new!

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.

Be extraordinary

Add Some Delicacy to Your Hair

Hazel-colored hair looks amazingly classy, intelligent and natural and suits almost any face type.

To achieve this delicious color, select beige and blend it with the source in the Overlay mode.

Choose classic

Want to Stand Out? Go Bright!

Want to attract everyone's attention? Don't like to mess with the crowd?

Try changing your hair color on a photo to red - bright hair vibes will look striking yet natural if you blend using Color Dodge.

Become bright

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 picture to a cover photo, doesn’t it?

Improve your portrait

Apply ready-made filters for a complete look

See how fast and easily you can change hair color on a photo with PhotoWorks? It’s not the only editing option to make your portraits look highly professional. Download the software and you’ll be able to crop your portraits for an amazing scene composition, to remove all kinds of blemishes for smooth healthy skin, to stylize your photos with color effects for a unique look or add tone mapping textures to make them vintage.

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