How To Recolor Most Images In Photoshop

We've all come across this at some point. You've got a color on an image or logo that just doesn't look quite right. Never again will you have to ponder about making this change, even if you're a beginner.

Changing the colors of an image has never been any easier, especially with Photoshop at your disposal. Adobe Photoshop will get the job done for you very quickly and then some. At first, you may be overwhelmed by the number of tools you can use, but don't worry about it.

What Is Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop CC (Blue)

Photoshop is a graphics design editor developed by Adobe in 1988 for Windows/Mac users that allows you to do just about anything from editing, retouching, removing backgrounds, recoloring, resizing, applying layer masks, cloning, and these are just to name a few; there are an abundance of tools made available to use.

To get Photoshop CC, you'll need an Adobe ID which can be done by creating an account and a password. From there, all you need to do is install Adobe Creative Cloud on your computer and once that is done, install the latest version of Photoshop.

Getting Started

Alright! Now that Photoshop is installed, we can open the application and the image we want to change. If you ever need a refresher of how to use Photoshop you can always refer to the window tab and clicking on learn.

An easy way to change the entire color of an image or logo from say, green to blue we would just go to Images/Adjustments/Hue and Saturation. But what if we wanted to change certain parts of the image, not the entire thing?

The first thing we would need to do is duplicate the current layer of our image and to do that all we have to do is head on over to our Layer tab/New Layer. Boom! We've just created our first layer! You think of a layer as clear, see through blanket to go over a bed; which in this case the bed is the image.

Recoloring The Image

Next, we need to select all of the colors in our image and convert them to black and white or grayscale. We do this because we want to be able to create a distinction between the colors we want to keep and the colors we want to change.

If we wanted to change the entire color of an image or logo from say, green to blue we would just go to Images/Adjustments/Hue and Saturation. Now back to where we left off, to convert our images' color to grayscale we have to go to Select/Color Range.

Within the dialog box, we want to keep selected colors, uncheck localized color clusters and detect faces, and leave the fuzziness at 74.

You'll have to play around with this as it depends on the image; the main thing is the parts of the image that needs to be changed are in white color and all parts of the image that does not change are in black.

To do this, we use the eyedropper tool and the add to sample tool to the immediate right until the parts of the image we want to change are white.

Then, we want to create a new adjustment layer to apply the changes we made to the layer itself, not the entire image. All we have to do is head on over to Layer/New Adjustment Layer/Hue and Saturation. 

Finally, we change the color of our layer to any color of our choice and then you're done!

Layer Masks 

One thing to make note of though is that when we created a new adjustment layer, we also created a layer mask in the process. As you can see from the image above, the highlighted context is where we would go to find the layer mask.

Layer masks allows us to choose which parts of an image is selected for recolor and we can get to our layer mask by holding down the alt key and clicking on our image.


Now, what happened here is we made the background black using the paint bucket tool and kept only the shoes and three stripes selected for recolor. 

This is an important concept because it is used the change the color of hair and we will be going over how to change hair color in another post.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and as always thank you for reading.
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