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How To Change Color in Photoshop (of Absolutely Anything!)

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Do you want to change the color of an object, the sky, the ground?

In Photoshop, you can change the color of anything. And there are a lot of different tools available to do it.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to change color in Photoshop.

How to Change Color in Photoshop

Let’s start with changing the color of an object. The monks in this photo are both wearing robes but the colors don’t match.

I want both robes to be the same color.

Two Buddhist monks walking through a field - how to change color in photoshop

Step 1: Color Range

First, let’s make a quick selection of the color we want to change, in this case, the brighter orange robe.

Go to “Select” in the top menu and select “Color Range…”.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - color range

Select “Sampled Colors” from the drop-down menu.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of an object in photoshop - color range

The cursor changes to a pipette. Now, click on the color you want to change in your photo. In my case, the orange robe of the left monk.

In the preview thumbnail, you can see your selection. White areas are part of the selection.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of an object in photoshop - color range

Now, drag the “Fuzziness” slider to the left or right to add or remove from the selection. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We’ll do that in the next step.

The more you slide it to the right, the more shades of orange will be selected.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of an object in photoshop - color range sampled colors

I’ll leave it at 100 for my example. Click “OK”. This is what my selection looks like now.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of an object in photoshop

Step 2: Edit the selection in Quick Mask Mode

The selection needs to be edited because some of the darker shades of orange on the robe aren’t selected.

Click on the “Edit in Quick Mask Mode” icon in the toolbar. A red overlay appears.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of an object in photoshop - quick mask mode

In the “Channels” panel, click on the eye next to the RGB layer. The red overlay will change to a black and white one.

If you can’t see the “Channels” panel, go to “Window” in the top menu and select “Channels”.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - rgb layer

Now, you can see where the selection needs to be edited. White areas are part of the selection.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop

Select the Paint Brush from the toolbar. Now start painting with black or white. The goal is to make a clean white selection of the object whose color you want to change.

You can easily switch between black and white with shortcut “X”.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop

My selection now looks like this.

A screenshot showing how to replace color in photoshop - selection

When you’re finished, click once more on the eye next to the RGB layer in the “Channels”.

Then, click on the “Edit in Quick Mask Mode” icon in the toolbar again and the selection appears.

A screenshot showing how to replace color in photoshop - edit in quick mask mode

Step 3: Hue/Saturation

Click on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon and select “Hue/Saturation…”.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - hue/saturation

Drag the Hue and Saturation sliders to change the color of the selection.

A screenshot showing how to replace color in photoshop - hue/saturation

Step 4: Blending Mode

Now let’s add more contrast and depth to the robe.

Alt + Click on the layer mask thumbnail to reselect the robe.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - blending mode

Select the Background layer. Use shortcut “Cmd + C” and “Cmd + V” to make a copy of the selected object. “Ctrl + C” and “Ctrl + V” for Windows.

Set the Blending Mode of the new layer to “Multiply”.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - multiply in blending mode

Double click on the Layer thumbnail of the Hue/Saturation layer. Adjust the colors again.

A screenshot showing how to change color in photoshop - adjust colors

Here’s the result.

A photo of two orange robed monks walking in a filed - change color in photoshop

How to Change the Color of the Sky in Photoshop

Changing the color of the sky is fairly easy. It’s best to make subtle changes for a natural looking result.

I’ll change the color of the sky in this photo to a warmer shade of blue.

A magnificent mountainous landscape - How to Change the Color of the Sky in Photoshop

Step 1: Make a Selection

Click on the Quick Selection tool from the toolbar and make a selection of the sky.

A screenshot showing how to change the color of the sky in Photoshop - quick selection tool

Step 2: Change Color

Click on the “Add new fill or adjustment layer” icon and select “Color Balance…”.

Drag the sliders to the left or right to change colors.

A screenshot showing how to change color of the sky in Photoshop - color balance

A screenshot showing how to change color of photo in Photoshop - color balance

This is the result.

A stunning mountainous landscape photo

Conclusion

Now you know how to change color in Photoshop. Whenever you want to change a color, start by making a selection and take your time. The quality of your selection decides if the end result will look natural.

Also, don’t forget to match the lightness with contrast. Everything has to look realistic for a convincing end result.

Check out how to use color dodge or do this cool bend and warp trick in Photoshop next!

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