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How to quickly change the colour of an object in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
June 14, 2012

Here’s a tutorial for changing the colour of one object in an image – it only takes a few quick steps

Step 1 – Quick Selection

The Quick Selection tool is ideal for one-click selections over small objects such as these berries. Make sure it’s set to Auto-Enhance so that it detects the edges more accurately. Click over the object to select it.

Step 2 – Set up Brush tool

Set the Brush tool to Hue in the Options bar and lower its Opacity to 10%. Set its Size so that it’s just larger than the object. Choose a Foreground colour of your choice for the colour change.

Step 3 – Change colour

At this stage it’s worth dragging the Background onto the Create a new layer button to duplicate it. Click multiple times over the object to change its colour. Because the tool’s Opacity is at 10%, colour can be built up gradually. Also, Hue mode means that the lighting of the object is kept.

  • Joyce

    Ooooo my, When will I ever get to this point where I will know exactly where the keys are to do it just automatically. I start with an idea but DO NOT know all the keys so I then tend to delete my project with a bad mood.

  • Eleanor

    It would be ever so helpful if we knew that we could use this function with (for instance) CS5 (or whichever CS that had this particular tool). It is very disheartening to read about a really great tool, only to realize (usually toward the end of the article/tutorial) that the version which I have cannot do that!

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