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Change the color of ANYTHING in Photoshop!

teacher avatar Rob Sigler

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction to the class

    • 2. 1. Global adjustments with the Hue and Saturation adjustment layer

    • 3. 2. Changing specific color ranges

    • 4. 3. Changing the color of objects

    • 5. 4. Changing the color of clothes

    • 6. 5. Change any color to white

    • 7. 6, Change any color to black

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How many times have you had an object in your photo that stuck out like a sore thumb due to its color?  Have you ever had a client wear an outfit that totally clashed with another subject in your photo?  In this class, I'm going to show you how to change the color of anything using basic Photoshop tools.  The techniques I demonstrate will save you TONS of time and make the colors in you photos more harmonious. 

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1. Introduction to the class: Hey, guys, how many times have you had to take somebody's picture and you thought to yourself, Oh, I wish they didn't wear that color shirt or that colored dress. My name is Rob Sigler. I'm a professional photographer and re toucher. And in today's class, I'm going to show you how to change the color of anything in photo shop. If you don't like that red shirt, make it blue. Make yellow green. I'm also going to show you how to change the color of something to pure white or change the color of something toe black. So please join us in this class for changing the color of anything using Photoshopped. Have a great day. 2. 1. Global adjustments with the Hue and Saturation adjustment layer: Hi guys. Today I'm going to be showing you how to change the color of anything in photo shop. And we're primarily going to be using the hue, saturation adjustments, slider, and I'm gonna show you how to do that. So here's a landscape image that we have open. This image is obviously our background layer. Now I'm going to click right here where it says hue saturation. And this new layer instantly appears above our background layer. This layer has two parts to it. This part will show our controls for the hue and saturation slider. And this white box over here is our layer mask. The layer mask isn't important right now, so we're not gonna talk about it. We're only going to focus on the controls for the hue and saturation slider. Let's take a look at the controls. Right now. Our controls are set to master, meaning that if we make a change in these sliders, it's going to affect the entire image. For example, if I turn the saturation down, it's gonna take the saturation out of our entire image. If I turn the saturation up, every single color is going to get more saturated Now the top slider is called Hugh. The Hue slider is an adjustment that pushes one color into another color. For example, look at these two rows of colors right here we have red and at the bottom it says Red. If I push the hue slider this way, this is now telling us wherever we had read. We're now pushing, blew into if we slide it all the way to the left. Wherever we had read is now science. Let's push it the other way. Wherever we had Blue in our original image, it's now red. And wherever we had green in our original image, it's now blue. 3. 2. Changing specific color ranges: So when would we ever use our hue and saturation adjustment layer with the controls set a master. Well, the only time you would probably want to use it at Master is if you were just bumping the saturation up a little bit or turning the saturation all the way down to maybe create a black and white image. Now let's put the saturation right at zero instead of leaving this that master, let's make some more targeted adjustments and we don't have to use masking for this. We're gonna let photo shop do the work. So let's pretend like we want to take all the color out of our sky. So instead of changing the master saturation, what we're gonna do is just change the blues. Now look what happens right here when we select a specific color. This is Photoshopped telling us that it's definitely gonna select all of these blues, and it's gonna taper as it goes to pink and taper as it goes to Siam. Now let's see how this does take a look at our sky with our blues selected, we're gonna turn the saturation all the way down and it did a pretty good job. Now we can still see some blue in our sky. Over here, there's a little bit of light blue. How can we add that to our selection? All we have to do is make our blue selection and Scion selection a little bit larger. Now I have spread these two markers apart. Now Photoshopped is removing color anything that is this scion to anything that is this blue. And if you take a look at our sky, there's absolutely no color left in our sky. Let's delete this hue saturation adjustment layer and let's make a new one. This time, let's just affect the green area of our image. So under master, I'm going to select greens. Now. I want to de saturate the greens, so I'm gonna turn the saturation slider all the way down. Now it's partially de saturated, the bottom half of our image, but we still see a little bit of green here, definitely see a lot of yellow in her image. How can we include this yellow into our selection? All we have to do is slide these sliders to include the yellow. Now look at our image. It is much more de saturated yet leaving our sky nice and blue. These eye droppers allow us to make even more targeted selections as to the colors we want to effect. So if I click the eyedropper with a plus on it, and then I'm going to come down in our image and I'm going to select this yellow, it's also gonna add that yellow to our selection. I'm going to try to get this one. There we go now. There's practically no color in the bottom of our image. No greens, anyway. And that has left the blues untouched. So the hue and saturation adjustments slider can affect all of the colors in our image if we said it's a master or it can affect a specific color. 4. 3. Changing the color of objects: Okay, now we're getting to the really fun stuff. What if you had a client that said, I have this picture of my trademarked utensils holder and I'd like to change the color. Well, let's take a look at how to do that. Here's our utensils bucket, and it is obviously some shade of red. So we want to change that. Read into another color. How do we do it? We're gonna click on a hue saturation adjustment layer. And is this color really read? Well, it's some shade of red. Instead of selecting reds from the drop down menu, I'm gonna leave this that master, and I'm going to click on this little scrubby hand and then bring my eye dropper over here and click on the red so I can get a really accurate selection of what shade? Exactly. This red is now that that is selected. I can take the hue slider and we can move it to the left and look what's happened now. Our utensil holder is pink. This top layer here is showing us that whatever is red is now pink. What if we keep sliding it this way? Well, whatever was red is now purple. What if we slide it this way? And we've just changed red to blue, so you can easily change this red color into any hue possible. You can also adjust the saturation so it becomes more saturated or less saturated. Obviously, that looks a little too saturated. We could also adjust the lightness so that it could become a darker shade or a lighter shade of whatever color you choose. All of this is done by the hue saturation slider, and again I selected what color I wanted to use by using this little scrubby tool. It's a hand with two arrows. I just clicked on the color, and that was that. 5. 4. Changing the color of clothes: Okay, so let's take a look at another real world example where we can use a hue saturation adjustment layer to change the colors. So here's a girl wearing a wonder woman's shirt has blue, red and yellow in it, and we're gonna change this up a little bit. So I'm gonna click the hue saturation slider. And instead of leaving this at master, I'm gonna come over and click the little scrubby tool and I'm gonna select this yellow Let's change this yellow. So right here in review, we can see that photo shop has selected quite a broad range of yellows. We really don't need all this green. We really don't need this orange and red so I can pull those a little closer if I'd like. But I think it's gonna do a pretty good job. So let's adjust the hue slider and watch the yellow in our shirt. Now it's red. There's an ugly shade of green. We can turn our brightness darkness up until we get a color we like. I tell you what. Let's move it back Over here. There we go. We'll make it red. Now let's change the blue of this shirt to a different color. So I'm gonna make a new hue saturation adjustment layer, and I'm gonna click the little hand tool that I'm going to click on the blue. Now let's move our hue. Slider That looks pretty good. Let's see what it looks like over here. I definitely like the turquoise a little better. Okay, now we've got to hue saturation layers above our background image. Let's take a look at what they both do. The 1st 1 changes are yellow to red, and the 2nd 1 changes are blue to turquoise. Now, if we were to put another layer on top of their, it would affect all of the layers below it, so let's not do that. Instead, let's click our background layer and then add a new layer, and it puts it right under the two that we've already made. Now we want to change the reds where the stars arm, so we're gonna click the hand click on the red color. Now we can change just that rim of color, and you might be noticing something a little bit weird happening. Look at her skin. Well, we've changed the colors of what we wanted to in her shirt, but unfortunately, she has a lot of red in her skin. So what can we do? It's pretty easy work around. We're gonna click on our background layer, and then I'm gonna press the w key for the wand tool. Now, I'm gonna take my pen, and wherever I draw, it's gonna select colors that are very similar. So it was easy for me to select this arm going to select this arm. Now I'm going to select her neck in her face, just like that. Now, I accidentally selected hurt some of her hair here, so I'm holding down the option key, which changes my selection tool from the little plus in the middle to the minus. This is the quick selection tool that is located right here. With this selected, I'm now gonna come up to my hue and saturation layer mask and I'm gonna fill my selection with black. And how do I do that? I hit option and delete. And that will fill whatever selected with Black. Now I'm gonna hit command D for D Select. So we get those marching ants off the screen. Those things drive me nuts. Now we can see, there's still some purple up here. So what do we do? We're going to click on this layer mask and with a brush, I'm gonna paint with black to remove any shade of purple. And I just have to be careful that I don't go on to her shirt. And there you go. That looks pretty good. Let's take a look at our before image and after image. Now you can see that we accidentally got some of her teeth in there. Let's paint with this layer mask. I'm going to brush black under her teeth. What may have been another. There we go now. Her teeth are back to normal so before, after before and after pretty easy using hue saturation adjustment layers. 6. 5. Change any color to white: now, as you practice changing the colors of anything in photo shop, you'll realize that some colors are easier to change than others. Blue is very easy to change, and red is a little bit tougher because skin tones often contain a lot of red. So let's take a look at this example and see what we can dio. If I was to make a hue saturation slider, click on the scrubby hand tool and then select the red of her shirt when I changed the hue . It also changes the hue of her skin too much. Obviously, the shirts now green but also her skin is green. We definitely don't want that. So let's delete are adjustment layer. I'm gonna press W again for the quick selection tool, which looks like this, and this is gonna be very easy to select because she's wearing a solid color shirt. But I'm just gonna drag this around, and it did a great job of selecting her shirt. Now, if I click an adjustment layer, it's going to show you the adjustment layer controls with this square and this square, because we had it selected is automatically going to make a layer mask. Now, this is really nice. In the black areas are Hugh Adjustment Layer isn't gonna do anything in the white area where her shirt is is where we're going to see all of the change. So now if we slide our hue slider, we can easily adjust her shirt to any Hugh, any saturation, any brightness without changing her skin at all. Now, what if we wanted to change our shirt color to black or toe white? Because as we're sliding this use lighter, all we're seeing is different variations in the color. What if we wanted to changes to black or white? Well, it's actually pretty easy. I'm gonna show you a trick. First, we're gonna go over how to change it, toe white. I'm gonna turn this hue saturation layer off, but I'm gonna keep it because we want to keep this layer mask and use it in just a minute. Okay, So to change it toe white, I'm going to use a black and white adjustment layer, which looks like this. I'm going to click on it once, and I'm gonna change its blending mode. Toe lighten. It's easy to remember because if you want to change something toe white. You're gonna change the blending mode toe lighten. If you want to change it toe black, you're gonna change it to darken. But let's just focus on the white for now. The first thing I want to do is take all of these sliders in the black and white adjustment layer and I'm gonna slide them all the way down to dark. So we have our image looking just like it did before. Watch what happens when we raise the red slider and the magenta slider. It is going to change our red shirt from red toe white. Now it also changed her lips, toe white and parts of her arms toe white. So we need to get this layer mask from here. Toe up here and here's how we do it. We hold down the option key, click on the first layer mask and drag it to the top photo shops going to say, Replace the layer mask and we want to hit. Yes, Now you'll notice her shirt is white, but her skin and lips kept the red 7. 6, Change any color to black: okay, We're gonna make one more color adjustment. We're gonna change the color red into black. And here's how we do that. Here is our original image at the bottom. And I'm gonna make another black and white adjustment layer, and I'm going to set its blending mode to darken. Now, we're gonna take all of the color sliders and move them all the way up. Now, if I take the red slider and move it towards black also the magenta slider. Now we've got a black shirt. Unfortunately, we also have black lips. So what do we need to do? We need to take this layer mask, hold down the option key and drag it to our new adjustment layer where we made the shirt black. Now her lips are red and everything is looking pretty good. Now, I could click on this layer mask and then use a brush and I get kind of clean up these areas where a little bit of red is showing through. So if I use a soft brush and I paint with white, it will sort of erase that a little bit of red that we saw and there we go. So here's before and after, before and after. I hope you've really enjoyed this class about changing colors and photo shop. I would love to see what you do with these techniques. Have a great day.