5 Ways to Change the Color of ANYTHING in Photoshop

CHANGE THE COLOR OF ANYTHING IN PHOTOSHOP! | Let’s break down how to use Hue/Saturation a few different ways, paint on a new realistic color, and use LAB to match an exact color if needed. We’ll cover it all in this tutorial today!

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we will break down five different techniques that you can use to change the color of any object in Photoshop. We will look at the simple masked Hue/Sat adjustment layer, the Color and Hue blend modes, converting white (or black) to a color, targeting an individual color channel, and using the LAB mode readout to use Curves and change a color to exactly match what you want. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a whole bag of tricks that you will be able to use to change the color of anything while working with Photoshop

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Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

 

  • Hue/Sat layer, masked. (Red Dress img)

 

      1. Load selection from channel and create Hue/Sat layer
      2. Adjust hue and sat and brightness
      3. Use the properties panel to adjust the mask edges if needed
      4. Turn on Colorize in Hue/Sat to get a richer color

 

  • Solid Color layer set to Hue/Color, masked. (Car img)

 

      1. Load selection around car
      2. Add Solid Color layer with a bright blue
      3. Set to Hue and then Color
      4. Change the color and sample a green from BG
      5. Adjust color and work the opacity and feather mask edges, etc…

 

  • Hue/Sat layer, masked make white/black a color (girl-in-dress image)

 

      1. Load selection around the white dress
      2. Add a Hue/Sat layer: check–colorize, 95sat, -50light, 0hue
      3. Use properties panel to use Select/Mask to Smart Radius the selection +6px
      4. Load that mask selection and add a Level adjst layer
      5. Boost darkest tones and shift middle gray to make darker
      6. Boost the black output point to around +10

 

  • Hue/Sat layer to target a color via color channels. (Car/Girl in Bar (change bg light color img)

 

      1. Add Hue Sat layer and target the colors using the drop down to change backlight
      2. Show how this affects MUCH of the image, but you can use the mask to hone it in
      3. Now show the scrubby finger to target the backlights with a better accuracy

 

  • Drop an eyedropper point and use Curves Adjustment layer to match a color. (white room img)

 

    1. Create a color swatch on a new layer fill with #edb71d
    2. Add sample points to color swatch and something near the highlight of the chair
    3. Switch viewing mode in Info panel to LAB
    4. A is like the Tint slider in Camera RAW and B is like the Temp slider
    5. RGB composite is for the L and we largely ignore the Red channel
    6. Adjust to make the colors match