How To Create Glossy Lips And Change Hair Color.

I created this tutorial on request, as a continuation of the Change Eye Color tutorial.
In this tutorial i will show you how to change the hair color and create glossy lips.

Open the image you would like to edit in photoshop.

Now zoom in to the hair area and press “Q” to open Quick Mask Mode.
Select the Brush tool “B” and select a soft brush to color in all the hair, please take your time to do this. If you color outside the hair (like parts of the face), dont worry this can be fixed later on. Just make sure you paint all the hair.
I ended up with this: as you can see i painted outside the hair area, but that is not a problem.

Now press “Q” again, and you see a selection of the area you just painted.

Press “M” to open the change-hair-color4 Rectangular Marquee Tool. Right click the hair and click Select Inverse, right click again and click Layer Via Copy.
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You now see two layers, one with the complete picture and one with the selected hair area.

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Turn off the Layer Visibility of the photo.

Now you only see the hair selection. As you can see i have painted way more than the hair, so we need to delete the area we dont need, you can do this with “E” the Eraser Tool change-hair-color9.


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Turn the visibility of the background layer back on.
Make sure you have selected Layer 1 “the hair layer” and press “CTRL + B “. This will open the Color Balance panel.
Play with the slides till you are happy with the color. I made the hair dark purple.


Now we will create glossy lips. Zoom in to the lips,  create a new layer “CTRL + SHIFT + N” and open the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

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Make a selection around the lips, make sure you have the new layer selected.

Right click the selection, and click “Feather” typ in 3px.


The selection looks a lot smoother now.
Make sure you have set the foreground color to black and press “ALT + DELETE” this will make the selection black.
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Now set the Layer mode to “Soft Light” you will notice the lips look a lot darker now.
Now you can play with the opacity to get the result you want.
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The lips look a lot better already:

If you want more gloss effect, select the background picture and open the Dodge Tool “O” set the range to “HighLights” and set the Exposure very low. Now paint the areas where you want more gloss.
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If you take the time you can end up with more precise details.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Please leave a comment with you final result.

Luscious Lips

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    Posted by Helari on September 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Can somebody please tell me how do get brown color ?:)

    Posted by faraz on September 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    just goo to colour pallete n move the cursor on plette

    Posted by me on September 7, 2009 at 12:17 am

    why didn’t u erase the gloss on the teeth…
    now the teeth look yellow :S

    Posted by منتديات سكون البحرين on September 7, 2009 at 6:09 am

    this is wonderful tutorial .. i read it 3 times and get a fantastic results and sure i put a
    copy of this lesson on my site here

    Posted by Dragonfly on September 7, 2009 at 8:49 am

    First i have to say thanks to whoever did this tut. but I did try many pics seem like it doesn’t work for many pics, maybe i could be wrong 😀

    Posted by chris on September 7, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for all your comments and i am glad you like it.

    #HELARI Just play with the Color Balance in step 5.

    #ME This is because i also painted the teeth in step 8, simple delete the teeth area to get the nice white teeth back 🙂

    #البحرين Thank you, let me know when you did paste it on your site.

    #DRAGONFLY Thank you, this should work for the most pictures, but try different colors to get a real effect.

    Posted by Annki on September 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Arrh its not working for me, crap 🙁

    Posted by zodiac on September 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    nice short cut

    Posted by otomegokoro on September 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    You didn’t do a very good job on the hair, her skin turned purple as well 😉

    Posted by chris on September 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I know :), but this is just a tutorial about how to do this, if you take the time the end result will be better.

    Posted by abhi on September 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    very nice tutorials

    Posted by Tarshika on September 9, 2009 at 5:00 am

    it worked for me. thanks alot. gd tutorial.

    Posted by Nala on September 24, 2009 at 3:12 am

    AMAZING! Thank you so much.

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    Posted by Ryan on September 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Erm.. , i press ‘Q’ but it doen’t appear any selection. Am i missing any steps here??

    Posted by chris on September 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    #Ryan: Make sure you did STEP 2 correctly, press “Q” to get in Quick Mask mode, then paint the hair “B”, when you press “Q” again you will leave Quick Mask Mode. There should be a selection of the area you just painted when you where in Quick Mask mode. If you dont paint anything there will not be any selection.

    #ABHI, TARSHIKA, NALA: Thank you, i am glad you like it.

    Posted by Jessica on September 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

    im havin the same problem as Ryan. Im doing step 2 as you say, but there is no selection when i leave Quick Mask Mode

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    Posted by ame on October 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    thats awesome

    Posted by ramacrazy on October 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Really well done my boy

    Posted by Dria on October 10, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Loved the tutorial, it helped oodles, now I don’t have to pay someone to edit my photos. THANKS!!!!

    Posted by chris on October 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    #AME, RAMACRAZY, DRIA: Your welcome, i am glad you all liked it.

    Posted by Gaby on October 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

    i need help, when i press CTRL+ALT+N, it doesnt come as a new layer, but as a new porject kinda think. maybe you put that wrong ? idk

    Posted by chris on October 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hi GABY, thank you for your comment, you are right it has to be CTRL + SHIFT + N . 🙂 i have changed it in the tutorial.

    Posted by Nina on October 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Oooh…. I love it, L O V E I T! 😀 And it was so funny!! Thnx so much for this tut!

    Posted by jeet on October 29, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Hi Chris

    I read this tutorial and was trying to follow it but after I exit quick mask it selects the whole photo. Could you please help me by telling me what I am doing wrong.


    Posted by chris on October 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi Jeet,

    Thats weird… I did some research on the web and founded this link: and this:

    Maybe you have the same problem? Make sure you set your brush opacity to 100%

    If nothing works you can try to reset your photoshop settings.

    Good Luck.

    Posted by jeet on November 2, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Thanks! that helped..U are a legend…

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    Posted by John on November 4, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Who is the actress in this picture for your tutorial

    Posted by idalia on November 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Is so pretty, I hope you could do that with my picture. Congratulations you have a future. Peace!

    Posted by Dhanwant Singh on November 21, 2009 at 8:31 am

    This tutorial is awesome…….I have never ever found before…..I thank you lot…..It helped me to explore photoshop more deeply…Thanks…

    Posted by GRACE on December 2, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Step 5 is too confusing

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    Posted by idalia on January 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    this tutorial is awesome!!!!

    Posted by Selvam on April 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

    seems to be a long process….. 🙁

    Posted by lemonnine on September 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Many tutorials that have the same goal, but you make it easier.

    Posted by akuwanny on September 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    great..i like this tutorial..

    Posted by Healthy Hair on September 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    What a great program!

    Posted by wonderful on November 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    how can I do a photoshop of myself?

    Posted by ryder123 on January 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    hey…amazing tutorial..but i have a problem…still beginner with photoshop…but when i press q and then b and when i am trying to paint it sais *Could not use the color replacement tool because it dont work with alpha channels*
    PLS HELP…. 🙁 searched many times on the web…and nothing found

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    Posted by Tint Hair Color on May 9, 2011 at 5:39 am

    this is awesome!

    it’s amazing how a simple thing like hair coloring requires so much expertise and research.

    Posted by Topaz G. on May 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Nice tutorial but you should’ve erased the black that was over her teeth cuz that made them look brown lol but otherwise it’s awesome 🙂

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    I have been useing PS since 2001 but come here at least once a month to see new ways to help my clients with their needs. Thank you,

    Posted by Paul Elaine on April 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Splendid job, professional touch found in this tutorial. Beautiful techniques to adopt from this tutorial. Great job.

    Posted by Roshan on July 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Very nice tutorial. Thanks a lot

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