Well, as you can see by the responses, there are numerous methods for changing the color of hair for you to contemplate.
With that said, lets toss out ANOTHER method to consider that is fairly straight-forward and takes mere seconds to accomplish.
1) Select the Clone Stamp Tool
2) Set it's Blend Mode (in the Control Bar) to Color, pick a nice soft brush set to about 50% opacity, then set your tool reference point (opt/alt+click... you can change this on the fly as you need) and start painting.
The advantages to this are that it's quick, simple and fast. The Clone Stamp Tool set to Color only affects the color information while leaving the hair structure alone. Pretty cool, huh?
This is a favorite technique we use to also color hair-roots that are of a different color.
This took less than 45 seconds to do.
What did I do wrong?
Welcome to RP!
* you forgot to sample color and used white or black instead, (when correcting colours by painting on a layer set to Coloror or cloning in Color Mode with either a black or white brush, the result is usually grey ...)
* the colour you sampled was either very light or very dark which brings back to what written in the previous paragraph ...
You could start by sampling from medium tone colours and experiment with lighter or darker colours ... this should get you closer to the result you wish ...
Hope this helps ...
Color Blind Clones
Good catch Flora, we should have elaborated on this a bit more.
Sampling colors which are "nearly black" or "nearly white" will basically desaturate the image wherever you paint. Consequently, you need to pick an area that has some nice middle tones to use as a reference point.
Also, if you are trying to clone to a new layer (which is a good idea), be sure to:
1) Set the Clone Stamp Tool to Sample All Layers in the Options Bar
2) select your Background layer
3) opt/alt+click your reference point
4) Then select the top layer to start painting.
Another helpful tip with the Clone Stamp Tool (particularly with this method) is to turn-off Aligned so that you continue to sample (with each click) the same area. This is especially useful when you don't have much mid-tone color (or a very limited area of it) to sample.
Flora, you are amazing.
Hi Tessa,Thank you Flora!
And thanks both of you for your tips, but none of them worked. I even tried the extra layer before I posted too, to be sure, but then the clone stamp behaved as an ordinary cloning tool, even though I set "sample all layers" and "Color" in the option bar.
But...then I tried today again on a different picture and it worked out just fine. Even the clone stamp tool and an extra layer behaved as it should with these settings, but still I can't make it work on the picture enclosed!
Bugs? I really don't know...
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