3 Different Ways to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop

3 Different Ways to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop

   I'm often asked questions on how to do certain techniques or how I do my post processing. One of the simpler things I'm asked often is how to change the color of something in a photo in photoshop. It's fairly easy to accomplish and it's also my most received request, so I decided to make a video tutorial on how anyone can do it themselves. I'm a fan of having multiple options available to me for any given task. I've always resented the idea that there is only one "correct" way of doing something. So instead of telling you how it's "supposed" to be done, I show you three different ways you can achieve the exact same result. Everyone has different workflows and techniques that are more intuitive for them, so having the option of learning multiple techniques is something that I feel strongly about.

   There's actually countless different ways to alter the color in a photo from within photoshop, but showing you how to do all of them would take a very long time. Instead, I chose to focus on three in the video below. The first way is by using color replacement which is found under adjustments in the menu. This allows you to use an eye dropper to select a certain hue that you'd like to change. You can increase the fuzziness to have more leverage as to what constitutes that hue to the point where you can change the entire range of hues of a color. If that sounds complicated, I promise that it's not. It's merely a slider with visual confirmation. The downside to this option is that you have a limited range of color to choose from.

   The second way is by using a hue and saturation adjustment layer in the layer panel. It's very similar to the color replacement tool, except now you have control over the CMYK and RGB color values as well as a master option which just changes the color of everything that's selected. It's a cool option, but can be fickle from time to time. The third way is my personal favorite and also the hardest to get right. While the others are sliders, using this option, you have to actually paint in your color. First you go into the adjustment layer panel and turn your selection to black and white. Once you've desaturated what you want to change the color of, then add a new layer and grab the paintbrush tool. Go into your color swatches and pick out the specific color that you're looking for and then paint away. Once that's done, then in the layers panel, click the blending mode drop down menu and select overlay. This option gives you a vast selection of colors to choose from to get it just right. 

   I hope you guys enjoy the tutorial despite the overabundance of words in my grandiose repertoire (selection anyone?). Sorry about that...I was hopped up on tea. Anyway, I think it's important to have a visual representation in the case of a tutorial like this. So I hope the video helps you out if you're in a pinch. Let me know what you think about it or if you have any possible tips that others can benefit from knowing by leaving a comment below. I respond to everyone. Even if you have a question you might think is stupid, I don't judge and I'll make sure to help you out to the best of my abilities.

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