Changing Colors in Photoshop

So, you’ve got the perfect kit with the perfect theme for the perfect image…but it’s all wrong color-wise!  What do you do?  Change the color of the kit of course!  Here are two different easy ways to change up the color of an element or paper.

The quickest way is when the element or paper usually has one tone.  Just one solid main color, for instance in a string, or a solid paper.  I use Photoshop CS3 (yes, I know, I’m behind but I’m super comfortable with it and really don’t have the time to relearn new software, because you know there’s a learning curve and I’ll admit to old age!).  The kit I’m working with in the following tutorial is Transformation (easy to work with since there is one main color).

Take the element and place it in Photoshop. This element is the splatters from Transformation.




Then click on LAYER>NEW>LAYER or Shft + Ctrl + N for a new layer.


In the tools section, select the color you want to change it to.  I suggest opening your image and using the eye dropper tool to select your color and then tweaking it to suit.  The selected color will be on the left top of the color boxes in the toolbox.  This is the foreground color.



Select the paint bucket tool and drop the color in the new layer. Then clip the layer to the first layer (the original image).  Do this by Ctrl + Alt + G or LAYER>Create Clipping Mask. 


You can then go into the layers palette and change the blend modes to give you more options.




This method is great when there is one color option to change.  If you want to change various different colors, this is a bit more complex but you will be happier with the possibilities. This paper is also from Transformation.

orig 2


Select the color you wish in the color picker. Then, switch the selected color to the background by clicking on the arrow.  You will need this color as reference.


Click Ctrl + U to get to the Hue/Saturation screen (also can click on Image>Adjustment>Hue/Saturation).  Select Cyan in the Edit box (it defaults as Master).  Then use the eyedropper that pops up and select the color on your image that you want to change, in this case, the purple.  So then, Magenta shows up and that purple color shows up in the foreground box in the toolbox.







Use the Hue slider to change the color approximately to what you are looking for.  Use your reference (the background color in the toolbox) to help you.  When you get to the approximate hue, use the Saturation and Lightness sliders for more precision.  You can then work on the next color in the same paper that needs changing.  You’ll notice that colors affect each other. So when working in Magenta, all colors with a little magenta in it will change.



Remember, this is only with one color change.  You can finesse additional colors in the paper to suit your taste and photo.




One Response

  1. susan aka suslyn says:

    Thx. Knew the first and have been unsuccessfully been trying to do the second…. maybe I’ll get it right next time. Bless you and thx for the freebie!

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