RESOURCE Tutorial: Photoshop - Basic Color Change Technique

Discussion in 'SHOWCASING' started by - Falcon -, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. As many of you know (and some don't) I do a lot of work with Photoshop.
    Recently I decided to try to create some tutorials based of the most common requests I get.

    Basic Color Change Technique

    There are a number of ways to change a color in Photoshop, and it is entirely possible that each professional you ask will tell you something different, but for this tutorial I will be sharing the unique I use the most frequently.

    For the purpose of this tutorial I pulled a generic flower from a google image search.
    We will be changing picture A into picture B.


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    1. Okay so the first thing I always do is create two layers with the base image. This way I can lock one and keep it hidden in case I do something I need to go back to the original image for some reason.

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    2. Create a new layer and use the fill tool with the color of your choice for the petals. I chose a light peach.

    3. In the top left corner of your layers panel will be a drop down menu. This is the easy way to get to the blending mode selection. Choose hue from this menu.
      Note: If you don't see that box you can double click on your layer to pull up your layer style panel, or get there from the layer / layer style / blending options from Photoshop'd main navigation pane.

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      Note: you could also choose the color blending mode, but I find hue gives better contrast and tones in this case.

    4. Create a layer mast by either clicking the button at the bottom of your layers panel, or selecting it from your layer drop down.

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    5. Mask out the undesired area of your flower. In my case I wanted only the petals to be peach.
      Note: Remember black is what will not be seen, White will show that part of the layer fully, and grey with show a level of transparency depending on the shade used.

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    6. I decided I wanted my flower's petals to have a touch of yellow at their base. Repeat the above steps until you achieve the coloring you like.
      Note: for the yellow I masked with some mid-grey to even out the color transition to the peach.

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    7. I wanted the center of my flower to be a dark maroon, however the hue blending mode made this much too light. Instead I followed the above steps, changed the blending mode to overlay, and dropped my fill to 75%.

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    There you have it, a simple way to recolor your images.