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Photoshop Friday! 2007 #12 - Re-coloring :)

Hi There!

Welcome to another edition of Photoshop Friday! This PSF is a little bit different, in that we won’t be covering one technique, but more of a general how-to with examples. I know a lot of people use PSF as a reference, so this one can go right in the library to refer back to. :)

Today we’ll be talking about one of the more basic questions that gets asked - how to re-color items in Photoshop. The answer to this depends on what you want to re-color. I’ve broken things down into basically 4 categories:

  • Solid colored items on their own layer (these are like .png stamp files)
  • Solid colored, textured items (patterned paper)
  • Multi-colored, flat items (digital rub-ons)
  • Solid colored, textured items on their own layer (things like buttons, brads, etc)

Let’s get started!

Recoloring PNG stamps

1. Open your item in Photoshop. I used an image from the Art Deco brush set by Anna Aspnes.
2. Drag your item onto your layout or a new canvas.

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3. Go to Edit > Fill. Select a color from the dropdown box
4. Check the Preserve Transparency at the bottom of the Fill dialog box.
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5. Click OK.

Recoloring Patterned Paper

1. Open your item in Photoshop. I used a brown paper from the You and Me Mini Kit by Mindy Terasawa.

2. Drag your item onto a new layout or a new canvas.

3. Select the Foreground color swatch in the toolbar. Choose or dial in the color that you would like your paper to be.
4. Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation (CS2: Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation).

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5. In the Hue/Saturation Dialog box, click the Colorize checkbox. Adjust the Saturation and Lightness sliders until the paper matches.

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5. Click OK.

Re-Coloring Digital Rub-ons

These include any multi-colored item that doesn’t have texture. 

1. Open your item in Photoshop. I used a rub-on from Mindy Terasawa’s super-cute Flutter Butter kit.
2. Drag your item onto your layout or a new canvas.
3. Select the Magic Wand tool.
4. In the Options bar at the top of your screen, uncheck the “Contiguous” checkbox. This will select ALL the instances of the color you click on, rather than only pixels that are touching the one you click on.

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5. Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer).
6. You can do lots of things to this selection! Try brushing it with a grungy brush to barely change the color, or to change the color altogether, try Edit > Fill.

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Re-coloring textured items on their own layer (like buttons)

1. Open your item in Photoshop. I used a button from Tia Bennett’s Juicy kit.
2. Drag your item onto your layout or a new canvas.

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3. Ctrl-click on the item’s thumbnail in the Layers palette (or if your item has several colors, use the Magic Wand tool to click on a single color as in the previous section) to create a selection of your item.
4. Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer).
5. With your new layer targeted, go to Edit > Fill (or use brushes, etc). Fill this layer with your chosen color.

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6. In your Layers palette, set the blending mode of your new layer to Hue. The Hue blending mode keeps the Saturation and Luminosity of the bottom layer, but adds in the Hue (or color) of the top layer. Neat!

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 Have a great Photoshop Friday! :D If you have successful experiments in color change, and would like to share them (alone or in a layout), link me up! Can’t wait to see. :)

-J 

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