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Hairstyles

The Hairstyles Sidebar#

The Hairstyles sidebar is the fourth topmost tab of the sidebar, which is available on the left side of the screen. From this tab you can change your character's hair template and color.

Your character can have multiple Hairstyles, which is a combination of hair templates (primary, bangs, wisps and facial hair) and their respective color settings, in a single file. This section will allow you to manage those hairstyles easily.

A newly created character will only have Default hairstyle initially. Use the right-pointing triangle on the right side of the hairstyle name to switch between all of the available hairstyles. From the drop-down menu that opens, you can also choose to add a new hairstyle, rename the current hairstyle, delete the current hairstyle or manage all of the existing hairstyles using a more granular interface.

Saving and loading hairstyles are done through .mqnh file. Loading a hairstyle from a .mqnh file will overwrite your currently active hairstyle with the data obtained from the .mqnh file. If you want to load a hairstyle from file without overwriting your currently active hairstyle, then you can click Manage Hairstyles... on the drop-down menu.

Manage Hairstyles#

From the Manage Hairstyles window, you can do various things, such as:

  • Importing hairstyles from external file.
  • Exporting hairstyles to external file.
  • Sorting all hairstyles by name, whether ascending or descending.
  • Delete single or multiple hairstyles.
  • Manually adjust their order by moving up, moving down, moving to top or to bottom.

Clicking a hairstyle will select it, and clicking again will deselect it. When multiple hairstyles are selected, using the export function will save all of those selected hairstyles into a single file. Expressions imported from external file through this window will appear as new entries, rather than overwriting existing ones.

Primary Hairstyle#

In this section you can see the currently active primary hairstyle template you're using, adjust their color, and provides the option to change it via the folder icon on the right side of the hair template name. Clicking this icon will show the library window which list all of the available primary hairstyle templates. From this window, you can select the template that you want to use by clicking on the thumbnail and then clicking the Continue button.

To change primary hairstyle color, you can input a hexadecimal color code in the corresponding input field or access the color picker by clicking the right pointing triangle at the right side of the input field. You can also enable Use Advanced Colors to change base, highlight, shadow, backlight and stroke color individually. Below you can see how a hairstyle with Use Advanced Colors enabled can look.

Advanced Hair Color

Bangs#

In this section you can see the currently active bangs template you're using, adjust their color, and provides the option to change it via the folder icon on the right side of the bangs template name. Clicking this icon will show the library window which list all of the available bangs templates. From this window, you can select the template that you want to use by clicking on the thumbnail and then clicking the Continue button.

To change bangs color, you can input a hexadecimal color code in the corresponding input field or access the color picker by clicking the right pointing triangle at the right side of the input field. You can also enable Use Advanced Colors to change base, highlight, shadow, backlight and stroke color individually.

Wisps/Sideburns#

In this section you can see the currently active wisps/sideburns template you're using, adjust their color, and provides the option to change it via the folder icon on the right side of the wisps/sideburns template name. Clicking this icon will show the library window which list all of the available wisps/sideburns templates. From this window, you can select the template that you want to use by clicking on the thumbnail and then clicking the Continue button.

To change wisps/sideburns color, you can input a hexadecimal color code in the corresponding input field or access the color picker by clicking the right pointing triangle at the right side of the input field. You can also enable Use Advanced Colors to change base, highlight, shadow, backlight and stroke color individually.

Facial Hair#

In this section you can see the currently active facial hair template you're using, adjust their color, and provides the option to change it via the folder icon on the right side of the facial hair template name. Clicking this icon will show the library window which list all of the available facial hair templates. From this window, you can select the template that you want to use by clicking on the thumbnail and then clicking the Continue button.

To change facial hair color, you can input a hexadecimal color code in the corresponding input field or access the color picker by clicking the right pointing triangle at the right side of the input field. You can also enable Use Advanced Colors to change base, highlight, shadow, backlight and stroke color individually.

Additional Hair Parts & Hair Accessories#

Back to the topmost section, there is another segment: Additional Hair Parts & Hair Accessories. You can use the Add Item button to open the library window which list all of the available additional hair parts and hair accessory templates. From this window, you can select the template that you want to use by clicking on the thumbnail and then clicking the 'Continue' button. You can also use the Remove All button to remove all additional hair parts and/or hair accessories that is currently used.

For every additional hair parts or hair accessory template that is used, a new section will show up at the bottom of the Hairstyle sidebar. In these sections, you can use the Remove button to remove the corresponding hair parts or hair accessory. You can also use the Reset Colors button to revert their color to the default settings.

To change their color, you can input a hexadecimal color code in the corresponding input field or access the color picker by clicking the right pointing triangle at the right side of the input field. You can also enable Use Advanced Colors to change base, highlight, shadow and backlight color individually.

Applying Colors to Multiple Expressions#

Mannequin treats each hairstyle as separate, even in regards of coloring. This can be useful because across the story your character might dye their hair or wear wigs, for example. However, wanting to have the same hair colors across every hairstyles is of course a normal thing. To achieve this faster, you can look for the three dots icon and click it. Various time-saving options will be shown depending on the corresponding item, such as copying colors from and to another hairstyle or applying colors to the current hairstyle (primary hairstyle, bangs, wisps, facial hair and additional hair parts). These time-saving features also available for Fine-Tuning parameters for every face parts.