Learning Paths

Replace colour

In this post we will look at a simple way of replacing colours in an image using the Replace Color command. Using the image below, we will change the colour of some of the pens.

First I selected the Replace Color command by going to Image > Adjustments > Replace Color.  Using the Eyedropper tool (highlighted in red below) I clicked on the orange cap on the middle pen to make my initial colour selection.

The white area of the preview indicates the colours I want to replace. As I want to replace all the colours in the orange cap I will need to add additional colours to my selection.

Shift-clicking on the orange cap with the Eyedropper tool or using the Add to sample eyedropper tool (highlighted in blue below) can be used to add colours to the current selection of colours to be replaced.

Alt-clicking on the orange cap with the Eyedropper tool or using the Subtract from sample eyedropper tool (highlighted in green above) to subtract colours from the current selection of colours to be replaced.

Dragging the Fuzziness slider increases or decreases the range of colours to be replaced.

With all the orange colours represented as white in the preview it is now time to change the colour of the cap using the Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders.

  • Hue – the colour
  • Saturation – how strong/intense the colour is
  • Lightness – how light or dark the colour is

No change?

If you find that there are some colours that don’t change then click on them using the Add to sample eyedropper tool.

Restricting colour change

If you need to restrict colour changes to specific areas then try the following methods:

  • Select the item before using the Replace Color command
  • Move the item to a different layer

There are many ways of changing colours in Photoshop, but this is one of the easiest.

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