Color Replacement tool

This DIY instructional post will cover the powerful “recoloring tool” in photoshop. Unlike changing the hue and saturation of an entire photo, or using the recoloring brush, the recoloring tool enables a person to change the color of a selected area.

The example I chose for this post is just a red apple. The reason behind using this specific picture is because while the apple is red, there are many different shades and variations on the color. The color replacement tool enables the user to alter the color of the photograph while still keeping the variations (like shading) and details visible. This differs from just using a regular brush, which just paints over an object.

Step One: Duplicate Layer

Since this is technically a “destructive” technique, it is important to make a duplicate layer of the photo. Destructive techniques change a whole layer and can’t be fixed by simply hitting undo. In order to not mess up an entire photo, the best option is duplicate the layer, so if anything goes awry, the source image remains intact.

Replace Color Step 1

Step Two: Selection

The next step is to select the object that will have its color replaced. I used the quick selection tool for this example because it was the quickest way to get the entire apple. (This method may only be effective if there is no background.)

Replace color step 2

Step Three: Accessing Color Replacement

The color replacement tool is not on the sidebar of photoshop, but rather on the top bar, in the “image” tab. To get to this tool, go into image, scroll to adjustments, then select replace color.

Replace Color Step 3

Step Four Replace Color Selection:

Replace color step 4 Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 6.57.03 PM

When the Replace Color tool opens, there will be a box with a highlighted version of the selected object.  On the top right hand corner is a color box, this is used to select what colors in the selection will be replaced. Whatever colors are selected in this panel will be shown in the box.

Since I wanted to replace the color of the whole apple, instead of using the color box, I utilized the dropper tool option in color replacement. This operates almost like a quick selection tool, in that the user can click on the actual image and select every color that should be replaced.

Step 5: Replace the color

Replacing the color of the selected areas is actually quite simple. Like the color selection mentioned in step four, there is a color destination on the bottom of the Replace Color box. There is a swatch pallet that will pop up, and the user can select what color the selected area should be replaced with.

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 6.57.42 PM

Finished product:

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 6.57.52 PM

The color is different, but the shading, variations and details all remain.

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