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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Making a blonde hair texture Reply with quote

Hello everyone.

Is there anyone who could show me a tutorial on how to make a hair texture. A while ago I tried, the blonde colour was either too yellow or too white Sad

thank you to anyone who can help:)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

You'll have better luck asking about tutorials and critiques for textures in the Texture Developing section of the forums. A mod will be able to move this thread for you, so you don't need to remake it there, though.

One of the stickied threads there is Texture Tutorials and Other Resources. It can lead you to some really helpful things, like the Texturing Tutorials Directory. If you look through there, you can find lots tutorials for making hair.

Some of my personal tips for making more natural-looking blonde hair is to use more neutral tones, not pure yellows or whites. Something more like light, desaturated browns. You can make layers of various neutral tones to create a more natural blonde colour, and you can tweak it further by using layers with blue or purple tints for cool undertones, or reds for making warm undertones.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are relatively simple to make. Here's a good tutorial I used a very long time ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwVHMJlle7k

However the best hair textures are hand draw (yes, I know, who wants to hand draw every strand but those are usually the best ones).
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your hair tone comes out too yellow, it means it's too saturated. Reduce the saturateion and alter the tone a little if needed. Tones that are too white are the opposite, they need more color added, try color layers, and maybe they need to be a little darker.

Natural blond tones can certainly be tricky as there is indeed a very fine line between natural and unnatural there.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blond is hard.

The best I have found were adding random 'strands' of a highlighting colour to the base...and I still don't think I nailed blond well..

You can check out the texture forum for different ways to create hair textures and one might work better than another.

Also different meshes can affect the stretch and strand of a mesh, so try the texture on a variety of meshes (curly, straight, long, short) from different meshers.

Ultimately though it just takes time, patience and putting your own spin on it..

I did notice that real blonds almost always have darker roots though..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hand drawing is the best solution and does give better hair textures. I have a little trouble with this myself. However, practice makes perfect.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOqY4rp1hTU
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blonds are so personal......find a sample you like and then try to match it.....all the tips here are good ones
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just like to thank everybody for the advice Smile Will just have to keep practising:P
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blonde hair is as stated earlier a personal preference. Some like more golden others more platinum and others a more de-saturated tone.

I know most people learn in grade school to draw blonde hair with the yellow crayon but it's not exactly true to life. If you work in the area of light tan colors you will probably get good results. I also find mixing several shades of tans makes it more realistic.

I made a tutorial on hair a while back and you can see the colors I used for blonde on the second page Here. This was just a basic tutorial so teh texture mapping is pretty simple and you can play around a lot more to get a style you like.

If it is too yellow, green or brassy you can lower your saturation to see if it improves. If it is too white you can try colorizing it then playing with teh color and saturation controls too. In photoshop it is found under Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation and then check teh "colorize" box.

A few other good ways to play with the tone of the blonde hair in photoshop is
Image>Adjustments>Vibrance
Image>Adjustments>Exposure (make small changes at a time with Gamma and Exposure)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Hair tutorial Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^
Thank you for the suggestion, I am greatful but it wasn't what I was looking for. I was asking how to make a blondish colour. I know how to make hair, I just found it difficult to get the right blonde.

*UPDATE* I have got better with getting the right shade of blonde I was looking for, the best thing I found was to use pictures of real life blonde, use the colour pick tool and use the shades to draw individual hair. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I can reccommend for the colours. If it is too yellow, take a layer of blue/blueviolet and set it to screen or overlay. Adjust the opacity to about 5-15% depending on how it looks. Blue will nuetralize the yellow into a soft creme colour.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I did with my textures when it came to blonde, was that I used the Colorize tool in Gimp - and adjusted it till I got the desired color.
I was trying and failing a great while before I got the color I wanted!
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