change colors in photoshop tutorial

Change The Color Of Anything In Photoshop

Ever wanted to change the color of your car? maybe even the wallpaper? In this easy to use guide i show you step by step how to select out and change the color of anything in Adobe Photoshop. Follow along with the step by step guide or watch the video to follow along with me below.

Step 1 – Preparing Our Image

If you are already using an image with a transparent background (.PNG) then skip to step 2. Drag and drop the image you are going to use into Adobe Photoshop then select the quick selection tool and select the whole inner part of the image and use refine edge to remove the background. If you are unsure of how to use the quick selection tool, then check out the tutorial to the right. Right click on the newly formed layer and select convert to smart object.

Step 2 – Selecting Colors to Change With Color Range

Create two layers and put one above and one below our original image, choose the bottom blank layer and select the paint bucket tool. Choose the color you want to fill the background with and left click to fill. Choose the top layer and choose select, color range. The idea is to define the whites from the blacks. Everything that is black will stay the same color and everything that is white will change color. Use the eyedropper tool to select one color and the plus eyedropper to add another color if the area we are trying to change the color of has more than one color. Use the minus eyedropper tool to do the opposite. Increase or decrease the fuzziness so you have everything black apart from what you are trying to change the color of. If there are other small areas you can’t get rid of don’t worry we will mask them out.

Step 3 – Changing Colors With Hue / Saturation

Create an adjustment layer in the layers panel and select Hue / Saturation, check colorize and you will begin to see the color change. Adjust the hue, saturation and lightness to change the color, brightness and vibrance.

Step 4 – Masking Out Errors

Select the Hue / Saturation layer and use black as the foreground color, with the brush tool and a hard solid brush paint out the mistakes that color range made.

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