Need to change the colour of something in Photoshop? Look no further – we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to teach you how to do it.
Whether you’re tweaking the colour of some text, turning a grey sky into a blue one or testing out a new hair colour, here’s how to change the colour of an object in Photoshop.
What you’ll need:
- A computer with Photoshop
- A Creative Cloud subscription
The Short Version
- Open your image in Photoshop
- Create a mask where you want to change the colour
- Make an adjustment layer and choose Solid Colour
- Pick a new colour for your object
- Change the blending mode to Colour
- Create another adjustment layer for Levels
- Play around with the levels in the Properties tab until you’re happy with the new image
How to change the colour of an object in Photoshop
Open your image in Photoshop.
This can be any image you want.
Select your object
You can use the Object Selection tool on the left hand side to do this.
Click the Create New Group icon
This will prevent you from having to mask multiple layer masks.
Click the Add Layer Mask icon
This will create a layer mask from your selection, meaning only the parts you’ve selected will change colour.
Click the Adjustment Layer icon
Make sure you’ve clicked on the mask layer first.
Choose Solid Colour
This will trigger a pop-up window.
Choose your new colour and click OK
You’ll also be able to see the new colour previewed on your object.
Change the blending mode to Colour
To open the blending mode menu click where is says Normal in the layers tab.
Create another Adjustment Layer
The Colour blending mode will set the hue and saturation, but you still need to adjust the brightness.
This will allow you to edit the brightness and make your colour look more natural.
Move the Levels layer to below the colour
You can do this by clicking and dragging the layer down.
This will likely be on the right hand side of your screen.
Drag the sliders until you’re happy with the new colour
The white slider effects the brightness, while the grey one controls contrast.
If the Object Selection tool has missed some spots or the edges don’t look seamless, you can always make adjustments to the mask.
Simply select the mask, click on the Properties tab, scroll down and click Select and Mask. Here you can use the brushes on the left to add and remove details and soften the edges of your mask.
If you don’t want to use the Object Selection tool, you can also use the Magic Wand tool or the Lasso to create your mask.