How to Change Hair Color From Blond to Black Using Photoshop

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How to Change Hair Color From Blond to Black Using Photoshop
Use Photoshop to try out a new colour before dyeing your hair. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Taking your hair from blond to black may mean 30 minutes with a drugstore box of colour or hours in a salon, but either way, it's a much longer commitment in terms of maintaining and caring for your hair. Before you actually make the jump from light to dark, experiment with your look in Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop provides a way to perform an on-screen makeover with a few clicks, not bottles of product, to change your blond to black.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Click "Open." Browse to the location of the blond hair picture and double-click its file name. When the picture opens, press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys on the keyboard to zoom in so the hair fills the majority of the work area.

  2. 2

    Click the "Lasso" tool on the "Tools" column. Draw an outline around just the hair, avoiding any skin or background. If the hair is broken into sections, such as ponytails or locks draped over the forehead, outline just one section of hair.

  3. 3

    Pull down the "Image" menu at the top of the screen. Select "Adjustments" and click "Hue/Saturation" from the flyout menu. When the "Hue/Saturation" window opens, drag the window so you can see it and the hair.

  4. 4

    Slide the "Saturation" bar all the way to the left, removing the blond colour from the hair, until the box says "-100."

  5. 5

    Slide the "Lightness" bar slowly to the left. Watch as the hair darkens. The further left you go, the darker, but sliding all the way to the left will make the hair look painted, not realistically coloured. The degree of lightness will depend on your original blond tone.

  6. 6

    Write down the numbers in the "Saturation" and "Lightness" boxes, then click the "OK" button.

  7. 7

    Repeat the "Lasso" and "Hue/Saturation" process if there were additional areas of hair not captured in the previous steps. Instead of sliding the "Saturation" and "Lightness" bars, type in their numbers to get the hair exactly the same colour.

  8. 8

    Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Rename the image to protect the original, then click the "Save" button.

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