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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
If you need to change the color of a product, let's say you need to change the color of a t-shirt and you have a range of colors, here is an easy way in which we can do this, and it does not involve the Match Color command, which you could use, but you wouldn't get very good results and you would have to work a lot harder. So here we have our model wearing a blue t-shirt and up top left I have just got a separate layer Group with the individual colors that we want to switch this t-shirt to.
So ultimately we are going to end up turning that off, I just want to have that there so that we can sample the colors from these color swatches. This requires us to have already made an Alpha channel or Save Selection, which I have. So I have come to the Channels panel and Command+Click on that so that we have that Alpha channel active. And I am now going to come to my adjustment layers and choose Solid Color. I can then move my Eyedropper over the color that I want to sample, click on that, click OK.
Change the Blending Mode of that Solid Color layer to Color. Let's do it once more. I will activate, in this case, the layer mask from Color Fill 1. I will now turn off that Color Fill layer, come back to my adjustment layers, Solid Color, sample the green in this case, click OK, change the Blending Mode to Color. Easy-peasy! Bonus tip here, I am going to zoom in on this guy's chin, see how it has got a blue cast to it.
That blue cast comes from the original color of the t-shirt. We want to remove that. There I fixed it. Here is how I did that. Create a new layer, and on that new layer, change its Blending Mode to Color. Choose your Brush tool, let's get in nice and close, and then hold down the Alt key to sample some adjacent skin color and the just paint over that blue colorcast.
So there we see a quick, effective, and simple technique for switching out the color of a product, in this case a t- shirt, using a Solid Color Fill layer, combined with a layer mask.
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