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Not happy with the color of your shirt? no worries, this tip will show you how to quickly change the color of your shirt or any items in a photo..

Changing Color
Description: Not happy with the color of your shirt? no worries, this tip will show you how to quickly change the color of your shirt or any items in a photo.

Open the document you want to change the color of. Remember to make a back up of the original.

Select the area of color that you wish to alter, in this case, the girl's T-Shirt. Use a combination of the Lasso and Extract tools.

To make an accurate selection, zoom in on the image, to about 800%, then select the polygonal lasso tool.

With the polygonal lasso tool, make your selection by clicking around the target's edges.

Continue clicking around the edges until you come back to the beginning to end the loop. If you have multiple area you want to select, then hold down SHIFT then start making another selection, this will add the next selection to your current one.

Dont worry too much if you accidently go outside or select unwanted area. We can fix this later.

Once you have your selection, zoom back to 100%.

Now click on the quick mask button, this is the right button located just below the colors.

Now you will see something similar to mine below, your selected area in normal colors, and the rest (un selected area) in transparent red. This is quick mask mode.

Now make sure your colors are set to black and white, select the "paint brush" tool and set the brush size to 13 hard edge.

Now if you "paint" over your image with BLACK, it adds to the selection, and if you paint in WHITE, it DELETE from the selection. with this in mind, zoom in on the image and find spots that you missed or are not accurate and paint accordingly.

if you look at my image below, my selection using the lasso tool was not perfect, so I use the brush tool now, and color in where I missed.

Tip: press "X" to change alternate the black and white colors.

If the brush size is too big, change it to smaller brush to get into tight areas. But remember to use hard edge brushes, as soft edge will give you inaccurate results.

This is how it look after I paint over the area with black.

Do this for your whole image to get accurate selection.

Once you think you're done, click on the NORMAL mode button (the LEFT button next to the quick mask mode).

This is how it should look now, a sharp accurate selection around my targetted area. If you see that you missed a spot, just go back to quick mask mode to fix it.

Now create a new Adjustment layer for Hue and Saturation.

Play around with the Hue and Saturation sliders to get the desired colors. You can also try turning on the colorize on and off to see the different effects.

The important thing to remember when changing tonal information is not to get too carried away - it's all too easy to lose shadow tones and the texture of the fabric. Subtle adjustments of the sliders will help retain the grain in the fabric as well as ensuring that shadows look realistic.

Another way to change color of the selection is using variations function Image » Adjustments » Variation.

This enables you to easily add shades of colour to highlights, midtones or shadows and is a useful means of creating new tones. Unfortunately, it lacks the subtlety of other methods.

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User Comments

dannielle Dec/05/2012 12:05I also learn a lot to this website!
Bilal Wirk Oct/12/2012 11:25Awesome and Easy!
irish Sep/07/2012 15:25its so great ,,,,
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mahi singh Aug/08/2012 14:01i realy thnkfl to u bcoze ths site is vry nice nd more then doing my help
pavithra Aug/01/2012 19:34superb, very easy steps... i did it and it came well.
rahul Jul/31/2012 19:19Wonderful
Steve Garrett Jun/16/2012 01:47I've been trying to find something like this for a few days now while giving up at times, then coming back to search the net again and again! I am glad I was being bad (not really working or adding pictures of my work to my Etsy account to help with business)! I bookmarked this tutorial and will most definitely utilize it! Thanks...
pancho Apr/05/2012 00:10we did not get it
Husham Mar/10/2012 18:37I would rather go select, colour range, and hue
robert Jan/22/2012 04:35I can see how easy it might be if the area you want to change is all one color but what if you have a variegated area that has for example - a green circle with red dots inside the circle and you want to change only the green area to a yellowish green?
Paddy Mutebi Nov/25/2011 03:40But CS5 has made it esier
fjsfj Nov/09/2011 07:03fuck this
gsdgfsd Nov/04/2011 06:24cool
beatsskgj Nov/04/2011 06:17Wouldnt it be easier to put on another shirt and taking a icture with it on instead of doing all this YOU ARE FAGS
Romel Gudes Oct/19/2011 12:25Great! It's so easy and I did it flawlessly. Thanks!
Irfan Jul/20/2011 18:07Its simple and easy and very useful Thank you
brent Jun/17/2011 03:48rude
love station May/26/2011 09:32soogooooooooooood
Preabsro Mar/12/2011 18:15Thanks! Pretty nice!
Jon Feb/09/2011 19:35a BIG thanks my mate has just sent me a pic of his NEW respray on his car i thought, now i know what he has done!!!!, i am going to send him one back of my pink scooby!!!!!!!
Manal Raafat Jan/25/2011 21:01Very nice and useful Thanks
Alenkhe Jan/10/2011 05:31thanks very much
Fahad Oct/19/2010 04:09Great...............! Fahad
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