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Old 12-06-2008, 08:56 PM
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Lightening dark hair

I have been asked to lighten her hair to pale blonde. I tried dodging and brightening among other things but the color is not coming out right. I would even try grafting on hair from another photo but I can't find anything similar in blonde. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2008, 09:22 PM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

Ok, specifically I am trying for silver blonde (and yes I had to recolor her eyes violet), here is my pathetic attempt so you can see how desperately I need help.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:15 PM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

If it's any help the attached was done with Instant Hair available from Renderosity.

Christine
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:35 PM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

omg chloe!
how did you do that?!?!? it looks so professional!

i usually
select the hair
feather the selection
make a new layer from it
duplicate layer
lighten the hair layer using levels
make another new layer on top of it
paint a yelowish butter colour over it
change the blending mode to colour
then clean it up

but it never looks as good as yours!
sometimes it doesnt even work
and when it does the result is extremely reddish

if you would reply to the thread i would so so so so so greatful!

from milena.
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:51 AM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

Thanks for your comments.

Xaran, that is a really interesting tool, I will have to check that out.

milena, I first tried what you described and then I ended up using the dodge tool mostly to try to highlight specific areas. I also use the desaturate (sponge) tool to remove orange and red.

I tried to fix the other side, which was completely in shadow before...I think I may have just made more of a mess but have a look...
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:13 AM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

very nice.
my only critique is that it is mildly blurred.
this might have been your intention, but i think it doesnt add to the portrait.
what i think might have been better is if you can still see the individual strands, it makes it look much more realistic.
other than that, great job (:
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:26 AM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

You will probably get a better result then I did, as you have the full resolution. I understand how hard it is to change dark hair, or eyes. Its not easy...

I took things a diffrent way, using a combo of hue sat, and selective color. Could use some D&B but i'll leave that to you.

I like what you have done with it so far. This is just a diffrent way of thinking about things. I made an action below that will recreate the hair. Look through the settings and Learn, maybe you can apply some to what you have you already done.

Just unzip, and click on it to load. Then open your original image (or turn off what you have already done) and push play. Then mask out the face (on the global folder mask) and adjust the levels and B&C as needed.

Hope this helps,
-Keven
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:35 AM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

thanks Keven, I like the result of your technique. I'm gonna play around with that..
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:01 AM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

The hair color is fairly easy to make blond if you use a Gradient Map adjustment layer. The difficult part is masking off the hair. The background color behind the hair is very close in luminance to the hair itself that it will be difficult to create a good transition. With a Gradient Map you have a lot of flexibility in the resulting colors between the shadow and highlight areas.
Here is a sample with no attempt to mask off the hair well.
Regards, Murray
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:08 PM
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Re: Lightening dark hair

I started off with a channel mixer, to lighten the hair.
Next, I used couple of curves & HSL layers.
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