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Computer art has grown more sophisticated as the technology and graphic abilities of computer software has escalated. Photoshop has long been the program used most widely by graphic designers to create sophisticated effects. Having the ability to change and add realistic details to photographs is an important skill for graphic designers. Today, luckily, a motivated designer can even add realistic hair to photographs by following these steps for how to add hair on Photoshop.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

1 Buy a copy of Photoshop 7, either online or in a computer store. This program provides one of the best formats for adding hair to photos using computer graphics. Install Photoshop 7 on your computer. Unlike older graphic design programs, Photoshop 7 gives the designer the ability to add hair strand by strand to create truly dynamic and realistic effects.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

2 Create a brush with a new tip in Photoshop. To do this, create a new document and choose a transparent (non-colored) background and then choose dark gray for the color.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

3 Switch to the Brush tool in Photoshop and choose a preset brush size from the menu. For example, “Hard round 5 pixels.” Draw curly overlapping lines. Vary the pressure on your pen to get differing line widths. Play with lines a bit, making sure one line is long and that all the lines are curly.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

4 Go to Edit and choose “Define brush.” Name the paintbrush. It will now be stored in the Brushes palette. You can view it by opening it and selecting the new brush.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

5 Refine the brush and make it workable for creating a good image by going to the Brushes palette and choose Shape Dynamics. Turn the Size control to “off” and turn up the Angle Jitter to 20 percent or more.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

6 Begin working with the hair color by going to the “Brush Tip Shape” menu and checking “Color Dynamics.” From here, you can now turn up (by percentages) the color dynamics by changing the levels of the Hue Jitter, Brightness Jitter and Saturation Jitter. This feature allows the graphic designer to create hair that has a more realistic look, avoiding a 1-tone hair color.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

7 Go to “Other Dynamics” under Brush Presets. Choose “Pen Pressure” under Opacity Control.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

8 Save your paintbrush permanently by going to the top right section of the Brushes palette. Select “New Brush” from the options and give it a name.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

9 Begin painting hair. The process involves creating 2 layers. Select black (for this example) and begin painting black hair on the image you are working on.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

10 Choose another color (for example, brown) from the Swatches palette, and add another layer of hair over the black base color.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

11 Choose a lighter color (like light brown) from the Swatches palette, and add more color detail. Highlights can be added by choosing gray or a lighter color from the Swatches palette to create more realistic color.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

12 Refine the hair by switching back to a darker color to add back in some details.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

13 Choose the Eraser tool and choose your new brush. Use the brush to take out any extraneous hairs or mistakes.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

14 Go back to using the Brush tool and go to the Layers palette. Choose the Color Dodge feature for blending colors. Select a lighter color, light brown in this example, and create highlights around the edge of the hair by drawing around the image’s edge.

How to Add Hair on Photoshop

15 Do a final cleanup of any other details and admire your finished, utterly realistic looking hair image. By following this tutorial you will be an expert in how to add hair on Photoshop.

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