Hi guys! Out of the complete and utter kindness of my heart *ahem* … (and boredom) I have decided to make a hair colouring tutorial! So yeah, I hope some of you people out there in the interwebz world somehow learn something from this tutorial! The two things you pretty much need is Photoshop and basic knowledge of light source. A tablet would help but it’s not needed. Since this is a little text heavy, you may think that it’s complicated.
Believe me, it’s really simple! I just tend to write a lot – hahaha. Plus it covers some techniques on using some tools here too. : )
So anyways, here you go!
NOTE: Words in bold correspond to the red-lines in the image examples above the text
Okay, so we are gonna start with this. The skin, face, etc. is already done and the overlap of the skin colour because it wouldn’t affect the hair. : )
First and foremost, make a new LAYER. This is so that you prevent yourself froom going over some other parts of your drawing that you’ve already finished. Pretty basic rule.
For this tutorial, you can use as much layers as you want, but as for personal preference, I only use one.
Also, make sure that the hair colour layer is above the sking color layer.
Now on to acctual colouring. First apply the base colour. It could be cleaener than this. (I’m just a messy colourist >_> )
Then divide the hair into partitions using a much darker colour. Make sure that the brush opacity is around 25-35%. This is so that the lines used aren’t too uniform in shade. Also make sure that the lines agree with the flow of the hair. Don’t use random just use random lines.
Make sure that you shade the darkest parts of the hair like so.
Now change the opacity into a smaller number. Then start putting in small strands of hair. Again, make sure the lines agree with the flow of the hair and the partition. They should be approximately 1/3 of the length of the partition, but make sure you vary the lengths. Start the strands from the tips of the partition.
And now we use the trusty smudge tool~! Make sure that it’s strength is around 60-75%, then smudge the strands of the hair. Make sure you smudge it according to the flow of the hair like so. Also, make sure you don’t go over the borders of the partition. If you find this hard, you could always do it on a different layer.
After smudging, put more strands in. (Brush Opacity 25-35%) But make it cleaner and longer. It should be around 3/4 to full length strands. Try to vary and experiment on how much strands you want to put in. Just to make sure it doesn’t look like a bunch of dried noodles.
After putting in the strands, choose another much darker colour and then go over the main lines of the hair partition. Just to make them look defined. Also, vary the brush opacity based on how dark your colour is. I used 30-35%.
I’m showing you the colours that I used just to show how dark they should be.
And now we’ll be using the burn tool! Okay, so if you’ve been using different layers, I suggest you merge all the hair colouring layers to make this easier.
All you got to do is burn the parts where you think the shadows should go. Take into consideration the lightsource of your drawing. You might want to change the exposure of the tool so that it’s easier to control how dark you want it to be.
This is to create more depth and volume to the hair.
And now, we’re moving on to highlights! Okay, so choose a lighter colour for the hair. Then apply it to the areas you think they should go. Make sure that the brush opacity is around 20-35%. Again, take the drawing’s light source into consideration. After that, go over it again with a lighter colour.
Also, the brush strokes should be curved and agrees with the flow of the hair sort of like this:
Once you’ve applied the highlights, we’re gonna use the dodge tool! Make sure that the settings is on highlight, NOT midtones (though that works too, highlights is just better). The exposure has to be pretty low or the parts that you highlight would look too bright and overly saturated.
So yeah, use the dodge tool over the highlights that you’ve done and some parts around it, and wherever you think it should be lighter. But again, take your light source into consideration.
Then add a few touch ups using the burn tool if you think that it still lacks depth and volume.
And then for my case (since I’m a messy colourist), I clean it up and viola! IT’S DONE!!!
Of course, we could always put extras like mini dots at the risk of making it look shinier or look like the person has dandruff – ha ha!
Here are a few other examples. : )
I hope you guys learned something! And sorry for the lengthy text! Thanks for being patient. XD