View Full Version : How Would One Recolour?
08-29-2007, 06:22 PM
I have no idea how to recolour properly. Sometimes I love an element, but it's pink or purple or something and that just doesn't work for me (have 1 little boy).
I've been using the hue/saturation slider, but that doesn't end up looking right. It always seems to end up a funny colour, just a little 'off' from what it should be and tends to kinda blow out some detail for me....
so am I missing somthing here? How do you recolour things?
**edited to add: I'm using PSCS2
08-29-2007, 06:41 PM
what program do you use?
08-29-2007, 06:42 PM
Oops...that would help huh? *grin*
08-29-2007, 06:43 PM
Miss Mint had a great tutorial on her blog a few weeks ago...
And it's for CS2!
08-29-2007, 06:45 PM
ok, I know how in PSE 5 so that won't really help, sorry! hope the miss mint one is better~!
08-29-2007, 06:45 PM
Hue & Sat changes the color of the whole object and works for certain things but you'll probably be wanting to use Image>Adjustments>Replace Color in the menu. then you can replace a certain color and only that color in your object.
08-29-2007, 06:47 PM
I have one way you can do it on my blog. There is a lot of ways to recolour.. using an adjustment layer and then the hue saturation is one of my favs. The colour overlay in effects is another.
When you are using hue saturation try woring with both the hue and the saturation slides.
08-29-2007, 06:49 PM
I was trying to do this with an overlay yesterday in PSE5 and couldn't figure it out! Any tips would be appreciated!
08-29-2007, 06:50 PM
Yep, there's about 1,000 ways to do everything in photoshop. It's all about how you like doing it best. Another way I wanted to mention was using Image>Adjustments>Selective Color. Try lots of different ways to see what works best.
08-29-2007, 06:53 PM
You can add a layer effect. Click on the "f" at the bottom of the layers palette. Select COLOR OVERLAY. Click on the color swatch and select your new color. Then, play with the blending mode (usually HUE or COLOR works best). Then, click OK to apply the effect.
08-29-2007, 06:55 PM
Oh man you all rock! It's funny, as I'm reading the suggestions I was thinking ooooohhhh ya. I do use alot of that with my PHOTOS but somehow it doesn't occur to me to do the same with my scrappy stuff. hah.
THANK YOU!!! and thanks for the links, I'll be checking those out ASAP!
08-29-2007, 06:58 PM
Just had to add TracyAnn! Your Blog ROCKS! Thanks so much for all the tutorials/tips/hints!
08-29-2007, 07:40 PM
I see everyone has already offered their tutorial, I wrote one when I was a designer over at Digitals, I don't know if it's different to the others but I have screen shots in mine:
How to recolour an element in Photoshop (http://www.digitalscrapbookpages.com/Scrapbooking_News/Photoshop_Tutorials/How_to_Recolor_an_Element_in_Photoshop/)
08-29-2007, 08:19 PM
If I want to recolor the entire object, I double click the layer in the layers menu, choose color overlay, it defaults as red...click the red square to bring up the color grid....choose color....click ok...from the drop down menu for blend...choose color...and viola.
If you just want to recolor part of an object...use the polygonal lasso tool, outline it, once it brings up the blinking dots after outlining,right click and choose copy via cut...then follow the steps above with color overlay.
08-29-2007, 08:21 PM
I have discovered since writing my tutorial that if you desaturate the object you want to recolour and then use Divian's method, it works wonders.
Although, I may have said that in my tutorial, I can't remember, it was a long time ago!
08-29-2007, 08:27 PM
Karin...I am saving your tutorial now!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
08-29-2007, 08:33 PM
08-30-2007, 05:54 AM
I often use Image>Adjustments>Variations
08-30-2007, 06:44 AM
Karen and Divian - thanks so much! VERY good tips! and Katherine - i've never used that one, I'm going to check that out.
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