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Category: Adobe Photoshop

Change the colour of a flower in CS4 - See how easy it is to change the colour of an object in Photoshop.

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Even though most would agree it's best to leave flowers the colour nature intended you can create great looking work to hang on your wall by simply replacing one colour. Here's how you do it:

Software used: Photoshop CS4
Time taken: 10-15 minutes

Step 1: Duplicate the layer


Open your image then duplicate the layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer) so you have the original layer to go back to if anything goes wrong.

Duplicate layer


Step 2: Select what you want to colour

We're going to be replacing the colour of the flower, in this case the red of the tulips, which you do by going to Image>Adjustments>Replace Colour. A new window will open with several sliders and pipette tools. To select the colour to replace simply click on the colour in the image. When you do this look in the preview window (make sure selection is selected) and you'll see how much of the flower is selected. To add more of the flower into the selection select the tool with a + sign next to it and continue to select areas of the flower. To help add more to your selection increase the fuzziness slider. We increased it to 66. You can move the Hue slider up or down to help you see how much more of the flower needs selecting too. Once you're happy you're ready to add the colour.
Replace colour


Step 3: Change the colour

To change the colour simply move the hue, saturation and lightness sliders up or down until you find a colour you like. We used Hue +26, Saturation -11 and Lightness -6. Click OK and wait for Photoshop to process the changes.

See the image before and after here:

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