E-commerce shops do this a lot, it’s impossible to take photos of all colors of a product when you have so many options. Lie, it is possible, but in order to save time and money, you don’t have to. Because Photoshop can do the job.
I worked for a French company that makes laptop cases and we had products with more than ten colors to choose from. Sure, taking product photos is not the hardest thing in the world but if you could save time and keep the images consistent, why not?
Instead of taking photos one by one, I selected the best product image and use Photoshop to apply colors to all. In this way, I could keep the product photos all look in the same angle, lighting, just in different colors.
In this article, you’ll learn how to use two easy tools to change the color of a specific part of your image.
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2 Quick Ways to Change Color of Part of an Image in Photoshop
Three are multiple ways you can use to change the color of an image in Photoshop. But if you want to change the color of only a part of an image, the two methods below will get you to it.
Note: Screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Mac version. Windows and other versions might look slightly different. Windows users change shortcut Command to Ctrl and Option to Alt.
Method 1: Quick Selection Tool
This is a quick and my favorite method when the area you want to change the color of has smooth edges.
For example, let’s see how we can change the color of the eyes on this cat image.
Step 1: Open the image in Photoshop.
Step 2: Choose the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbar.
Step 3: Click and draw to select the area you want to change the color.
Tips: You can deselect unwanted areas by pressing the Option key and draw over the unwanted area or select the Subtract from selection button from the top menu.
Step 4: Go to the Layers panel and add a solid color layer when you’re happy with the selection.
Select a color and click OK. You’ll the cat eyes changed to the solid color you select. Don’t freak out, wait for the next step.
Step 5: Go back to Layer 1 and change the blending mode to Color.
That’s it! New look.
Method 2: Layering Mask
This is the classic way that many designers use to change the color of part of an image in Photoshop because it offers the flexibility to adjust the color change area.
Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop.
Step 2: Duplicate the layer. Hit Command + J on your keyboard or right-click on the background image to duplicate the layer.
Once you created the layer, hide the background layer.
Step 3: Add a layer mask to the new layer (Layer 1).
Step 4: With the mask selected, select the Brush Tool (B).
You’ll see the foreground and background colors change to black and white.
Click on the switch button to make the foreground color black. When you’re working on the mask, black hides the area you paint over, and white shows the visible area.
Step 5: Use the brush tool to draw on the areas that you DON’T want to change the color of.
If you want to change the color of the eyes, paint all over the image leaving the eyes untouched.
Step 6: Select the layer (not the mask), go to the overhead menu Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and explore to find the colors you want to change to.
Step 7: Turn your background color back on, and you’ll see your final image like this.
Zoom in to check if the color area is ok. If you see some excess color like this, simply select the Brush Tool and draw on the layer mask to clean it up.
You can use either option above to change the color of a specific area of your image. The first method works best when your section has smooth edges like geometric shapes for example. The second method gives you more flexibility to edit the image.About hannah