Drawing Hair

Hair example

Title: Drawing Hair
Software: Corel PSP x2
Author: Sheryl
Home: SherylsPage
Tutorial Home: PSP
Skill Level: Intermediate and previous experience in working with pixels is required.
Supplies: Hair Outline
Description:You will learn how to draw hair on your doll.
I will be explaining three different ways to shade the hair. They are all explained using the hair outline included in the supplies.
The file is a zip file so you'll need to copy it to your computer and then extract it.
It's in gif format. If you have the Animation Shop, you can open it in that program and then export it to psp.
If you're using x2 or an earlier version and don't have the Animation Shop, you can open it in PSPx2, promote the background, then select all the black area and hit your delete key. This will put it on a transparent background.
If you have PSPx6, you can just open it in that program and it will have a transparent background.

Terms of use: You are welcome to use your finished product how ever you like but please don't copy anything from this site and call it your own.

This tutorial was done using Corel PSP X2 but it should work with earlier or later versions.
The way I get my outline is by looking at hairstyles online and saving the image to my computer.
I then draw an outline around the hairstyle and re size it to fit my doll's head.

Let's get started.

Step 1
Open my hair outline or the outline you're going to use.
You will see I used gray for the outline.
That will change when we start coloring the hair.
May hair is going to be blonde.
If you want your hair to be the same color, save my hair color palette to your computer and open it in psp.

blonde colors

Step 2
Open a new image 200x200 pixels with a white background and paste the outline as a new layer.

Hair outline

My image is being shown on a doll's head.
If you've been doing my doll tutorials, you can open your base and copy and paste the outline as a new layer to the base.
Zoom in 800% and turn on your grid set to 1x1 pixel.

Step 3
Add a new layer and call this hair outline.
Using various shades of blonde, pixel around the outline.

Add a new layer.
Call it hair fill.
Fill in the outline using various shades of blonde.
Be sure to take into consideration where the lights and darks should fall.

Here's what my hair looks like so far.

hair highlights

Step 5
Add a new layer.
Call it highlights.
Use your lightest color, in my case it would be #ffffd9.
Set your paintbrush between 2-3 pixels and put some highlights on the top of the hair and around the bottom like this.
I used gray so it would stand out in the picture.

light highlights

Save your work.

Step 6
Duplicate your outline layer and highlight layer just in case you mess up what we do next.

Step 7
Sit on your light highlight layer and apply a Gaussian blur.
Adjust > Blur > Gaussian blur
Set the radius to 3
You can adjust this to give it more or less of a blur.
If you like how this looks, you can delete all the duplicate layers and proceed with the next step.

Step 8
Sit on your outline layer and select all.
Go to Selections > Float
Selections > invert.
Sit on your highlight layer and hit the delete key on your keyboard.
Select none.

Step 9
The hair is basically done unless you want to add some short ends around the outline.
To do this, just add a new layer and draw some pixels around the outside using some of the lighter blonde shades.
This is what mine looks like.

hair with short ends

Step 10
Turn off all your layers except for the hair layers.
That would be your outline layer, highlight layer, and short end layers.
Merge visible.

Step 11
Save your image as a pspimage.
If you want to tube it, copy and paste the merged layer as a new image and export to Picture Tube.


That's it for this first way of drawing hair.
If you want to learn another way, click here or continue onto my dress tutorial.

If you have any questions, be sure to stop by my PSP Addict message board and ask for some help or stop by and show us your work.