Photo Retouching: how to process hair like a professional

Photo Retouching: how to process hair like a professional

How to retouch hair to get rid of roots

How to retouch hair to get rid of roots

Use this simple step-by-step technique to get rid of unsightly roots and give your subjects’ hair a more uniform colour.

How to retouch hair to get rid of roots: step 1

01 Find the colour
Select the Brush tool from the Tools Panel, then hold Alt and click onto whichever area of the hair you prefer to sample one of the lighter colours.

 

How to retouch hair to get rid of roots: step 2

02 Circular brush
Click the Add New Layer in the Layers Panel, then paint with a soft-edged circular brush over the entire area of darker roots that you want to fix.

 

How to retouch hair to get rid of roots: step 3

03 Soften the tint
Change the Blend Mode of the layer to Soft Light. Carry on painting to hide all the roots, and lower the layer Opacity to soften the effect.

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