Changing Colors of Objects in Photoshop
Elementary / Fine Arts
Okay, so here we are going to learn how to change colors of an object. We are going to change the color of her dress here. So there are two ways that you can go about doing this. Number one, you can just go over to the right panel at the very bottom, create a new fill layer or adjustment layer. And we're going to do an adjustment layer of the hue and saturation. Now this, if you change the, if you don't change the master, you can do anything. You're able to change all of the colors. Here, it's kind of like a pop color, which is really actually pretty cool, pretty. It's got nice colors, and it's not, it's not typical. But we don't actually want to do that in this tutorial, but you're walking to do that for your final project. All right, hitting this back to zero, do like pop colors that would be cool. Anyway, we're going to focus on the dress. So the dress is kind of a magenta color. So we're going to hit the magentas, pull up that saturation to make sure that we got it. Looks like we got looks like we got our dress, although it's very vibrant. It's hard to tell a little bit. So we're just going to go with this eyedropper tool with the plus button and click on some areas of her dress where we can add these colors and make sure that we get them all. Looks like it's grabbing some of her arm and even her head. Both arms and her head and shoulder area, which is a not exactly what we want, but we can fix that a little later. So we're going to bring down the saturation, I think that's pretty much where everything's where we want it to be. So we click that again to click that eyedropper tool again to get rid of that cursor, and then here we can go ahead and change, change the colors of everything. That's pretty good. That blue looks pretty nice, actually. Maybe up the lightness a little bit to make it a little more natural. And realistic. It looks pretty good. But you can still see, we've got some stuff on our arms that we zoom in a little bit. You can see her arm has turned a little blue. But don't worry. We can paint that out. So we are working with the hue saturation mask. It comes with a layer mask already. And if you just hit the brush tool, we can paint that out. See how the layer mask is white. So if you paint white, it's not going to do anything. You want to paint black, so you can toggle it here, or you can hit X on your keyboard. And let's paint and there we go. Getting rid of all that blue. Now her arms are kind of long and slender, right? So an easy trick that I like to do to get it all at once. Or to do it a little faster, you click hold down the shift and then go down to another portion, click again. It will basically get everything in that straight line. So you saved yourself a little bit of time there. You can try again. Here, click, hold down, shift, click on the other part of her arm. There we go. Got rid of all of that. Pretty easily. And we can do it here, even click, hold down shift and click on another space, click, shift, and click again. Here we go, easy way of getting rid of all that extra color that you don't actually want. You can always drag and drop if you're using a pen. Or an Apple pencil on a tablet that could work too. Got to get rid of all those blue stuff on the router edge. Yeah, there you go. Now you've got a quick, quick color change we toggle it on and off. You can see what has changed there. Pretty easy, huh? All right, so that's one way. Here's another way. I'm going to delete that layer, start fresh. So say you have an image with multiple people, and you want to change one of their shirt, you want to change a short color, you want to change a dress color, you want to change your hair color, anything. So what we're going to go over that. So you can use the lasso tool here. You can also use the magic wand tool or the quick selection tool. I like the quick selection tool a lot. Of course, it's in the name. It's quick selection. So you can just drag, pull it down, and it just basically got her whole dress. Or you can always try the magic wand tool. You're a deselect it, command controller command D for deselect. I'll show you what the magic wand tool does. To do that, kind of gets the radiation, see all of this stuff selected is kind of the same color. You can hold down shift and include another color, but you've got a lot of clipping here. A lot of stuff that isn't actually selected. So for this, it's not my favorite tool to use. If you hold it down, you have the quick selection tool right here, really easy. So you can just click, click, and it'll just, it'll add everything. If you want to deselect something, hold down alt or option, you see how it changed, you zoom in here. Change from a minus or a plus. It's really tiny to a minus. Well, you can just hold down alt or option, and it will get rid of these little things. So like the hand going very easy, looks like we got a little bit of skin here too, that I don't want in there. So I'm going to change the size of the brush tool, hold alt or option. And drag it or play. Yep, there we go. Got it. Make it a little tiny small. Do you get smaller, alter option? And add that in there. And you can always refine this a little bit later. All right, so we have the selection. So we're going to go to select, select and mask. And here that we can see here, looks pretty good. Looks like there might be a few things that we could add or refine. So we're going to hit that refine brush tool. So that's right here, refine edge, brush tool. You can hit R on your keyboard, or you can click it, and then we can go ahead and go in and refine a few of these edges. So if you just drag. And then just kind of go around the outer perimeter, maybe it'll help us refine this a little bit more. It looks like it did. And yeah, that's looking really good. You can also play with these refinement tools. Smoothing the edge is really nice. Instead of making it really choppy, like if you were to go in with a brush tool and touch this up manually, you could see kind of that there are some things here that are a little choppy. A little sloppy. So if you smooth it, if you use that smoother thing, it will make it less choppy. You can also feather it. If you bring the feather up, see how it changed this. So it looks a little more a little less refined. These very sharp edge. You bring the feather up. You will feather the edge. But then also kind of bleeds into one of the edge bleeds into the other edge. So we're going to up the contrast kind of match that feather and you can see here, it just smoothed it right out. It looks pretty good. And let's see, let's try and refine these. These pieces here a little bit more. See if that works. It doesn't look so bad. Okay, so there we've got our selection, and we're going to output it. So you've got this toggled output settings to decontaminate the colors. And then output to new layer with layer mask. Make sure that that's selected. Hit okay. All right, so now we've got that new layer, but her body disappeared. So if we look over here in our layers panel, we've got the we've got the mask new layer with a new mask, perfect. And the original image has been deselected, has been turned off. So we're going to turn that back on. Looks like a normal picture meal. Okay, so now we can change those colors. Go down again on the right, create new fill or adjustment layer, click, and then go hue and saturation. Here you can do something kind of fun. You can colorize it. So if you hit colorize, it's going to colorize the whole image. Because the hue and saturation hasn't been relegated to one single layer. So we're going to do that. So it doesn't do the whole thing. It'll only do her dress. So in order to do that, you hold down alt or option on your keyboard and hover in between the two layers. We want this one to only apply to this one. So hover, hit alter option, and here, and click, and there we go. Now it's only on this one. And if you were to toggle it on or off, it would also toggle this on and off. So there's the original and here's a new color. New color is just so I'm going to change it. This green kind of looks really nice against that purple nice Jade tones. You can change the lightness. If you go all the way up, that's a little too crazy. So we're going to keep it around there. You can change the saturation. You can make it a little more bright, green. You kind of dig in this dark green to go looks pretty nice. Yeah. So there you go. Easy and simple.