Change the colour of objects in your images

This workshop will introduce you to using layer masks, to make image adjustments.

Please Note: It would be beneficial to read through the whole tutorial before you begin to make yourself aware of the numerous shortcuts that are mentioned, also some paragraphs are cross referenced.

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Please note: it is not possible to change the colours black and white using the methods shown in this workshop.

This was a commercial shot I took for a ladies only exercise centre. After the shoot was complete, the customer came back to me, and asked if I could change the colour of the exercise machine cushions. In this workshop I’ll show you how I went about doing this.

For demonstration purposes I’m going to change the cushion colour to “red”.

This is the Image I captured at the photo shoot.

Step 1: Make sure you can see your layers pallet. If you are unable to see the layers pallet, Go to Window>Layers, or press F7 on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the layers palette click on the half black and half white circle. This is the “create new fill or adjustment layer” icon.

In the flyout menu, click on, Hue/Saturation. This will create a “Hue/Saturation 1” layer in the layers palette, and also open the Hue/Saturation box. In the Hue/Saturation box leave Edit set to master and adjust the Hue and Saturation sliders to create the colour your require. I used Hue 90, Saturation +40, Lightness 0. This is slightly over saturated, but it is OK for this demonstration.

You will notice that the Hue/Saturation adjustments effect all of the colours in the image. This is not a problem, click OK to accept the adjustments.
This is what my image now looks like. I have my red cushion colour, but some strange colours elsewhere.

Your layers palette should now look like this, with a new “Hue/Saturation 1” layer.

Step 3: Click the default “foreground and background colours” icon in the toolbox.

Then click the “switch foreground and background colours” icon, so that black is the foreground colour.

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