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Basics: Photoshop Color Replacement Tool

By January 16, 2014Basics, Tips & Tricks
photoshop color replacement tool

Learn How To Use Photoshop Color Replacement Tool

Sometimes you want to change the color of an object but you don’t have time to use complicated and time-consuming techniques. The color replacement tool is the perfect tool to replace colors in Photoshop easily and fast. All you need is to change the foreground color and paint over the object with color replacement tool.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)

Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes

Resources: Socks image by D. Sharon Pruitt

1) Open the Image

First open the image you want to edit in Photoshop.

 

photoshop color replacement tool step 1

2) Replace Colors

To replace the socks color first change the foreground color with your desired color. Pick the Color Replacement Tool (B) in your tool bar and paint over the socks.

 

change colors with color replacement tool in photoshop

The Blend Modes

 

Hue: The hue mode will change only the base color and nothing else.

 

Saturation: The saturation changes only the saturation. You can reduce the intensity of a color.

 

Color: The default color mode will change both hue and saturation.

 

Luminosity: This blend mode will change the brightness similar to your new color.

 

color replacement tool in photoshop

Tolerance

Tolerance determines the differences of the original color sample. The color is not the same everywhere and usually the edges have stronger color. Increase the tolerance to replace colors over edges.

Conclusion

You can change the color, hue, saturation and luminosity with color replacement tool. Remember to duplicate your layer before you use this tool. If something goes wrong sometimes “Step Backward” is not enough.

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