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Using the Replace Color adjustment

From: Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

Video: Using the Replace Color adjustment

The Replace Color adjustment can be used to substitute colors for those already in an image. It's one of the few adjustments that we'll be looking at that's not available as an adjustment layer. So before I apply the Replace Color adjustment, I'm going to duplicate the background layer that contains this photograph by going to the Layers panel and on a PC I'll Right-click, on a Mac I'll hold the Ctrl key and click on this background layer and choose Duplicate Layer and then I'll click OK. So I'll be working on the background copy, preserving my background layer.

Using the Replace Color adjustment

The Replace Color adjustment can be used to substitute colors for those already in an image. It's one of the few adjustments that we'll be looking at that's not available as an adjustment layer. So before I apply the Replace Color adjustment, I'm going to duplicate the background layer that contains this photograph by going to the Layers panel and on a PC I'll Right-click, on a Mac I'll hold the Ctrl key and click on this background layer and choose Duplicate Layer and then I'll click OK. So I'll be working on the background copy, preserving my background layer.

To apply this adjustment, I have to go up to the Image menu and down to Adjustments. At the very bottom of this menu, you can see there is few adjustments that are available only as direct adjustments. I'm going to choose Replace Color. That opens the Replace Color dialog box. There are two things to do in this dialog box. One is to select the areas where I want to change the color and the other is to go ahead and change the color. When I do change the color, I'll be able to change the hue, the saturation or intensity of the color as well as the brightness or lightness of the color.

But first to select the areas that I want to change, I'm actually going to move the Replace Color box over a bit just for now, so you can see whether I have all the flowers selected or not. I'm going to start by selecting this eyedropper right here. I'd like to start with the Fuzziness slider pulled over somewhat to the left because the Fuzziness slider is really like a Tolerance slider. When I click on a particular color, it determines the range of colors that will be selected around the one on which I've clicked. I'm going to try to select the pink flowers. So I'm going to click on part of this pink flower and I can see over here in this diagram, in white the areas that are currently selected, the black parts are not selected and wherever there is a gray in this diagram, there is a partial selection.

Now I'm going to add some colors to that selection. So I'm going to click on the Plus Eyedropper and with that, I'm going to come into the flower and I'll click on a lighter pink. You can see in the diagram that I've succeeded in selecting a little bit more. I think this diagram is really hard to see. So what I'm going to do is just choose some really bright color that's going to allow me to see in the image what I've selected so far. First I'll go to the Saturation slider and I'm going to drag that over to the right and then I'm going to drag the Hue slider as well. So now I've got this bright saturated green as my replacement color for the time being to help me see what's selected.

I can see that I need to add the deep pink parts of the flower. So with my Plus Eyedropper still selected, I'll click on some of the deeper parts of the flowers. Now I'm going to try moving the Fuzziness slider over to the right to see if I can just include those last bits of the flowers. I think I've almost got them. If you're going through the same process and you find that you're selecting items that you don't want, that are at a different place in the image, you can try clicking Localized Color Clusters and that will sometimes fix the problem.

In this case it's making it worse, so I'm going to uncheck that. So now I've got a pretty good selection of the flowers and I'm going to move my Replace Color dialog box over again, so that I can go on to the next step which is to replace these colors. I'll go to the Hue slider and I'll pick a color that I like, maybe orange. I'll go to the Saturation slider and I'm going to reduce the saturation of that orange so it's more subtle and I also can vary the lightness. I'll see how it looks a little darker. I think I like it just about in the middle. If there are still some areas that I want to add to the selection, I can do that even after I've adjusted the Hue/ Saturation and the lightness.

So with my Plus Eyedropper, I'll click on these little bits that I didn't get yet and that last click went too far. It partially included the sky in the selection. I could get the Minus Eyedropper and click in the sky to try to eliminate it from the selection. But I have to be careful not to go too far and eliminate some colors that I want down here. So I'm back to the Plus Eyedropper and I'll click in the flowers. So you can see that there is a little bit of back and forth involved, but eventually I've got it the way I wanted. If I wanted to save these settings to apply to another image, I could do that by clicking the Save button.

I'll preview the change that I've made by unchecking the Preview box. So that's where I started and that's where I ended up. Then I'll click OK. I've made that adjustment on the Background Copy Layer preserving my original photograph on the background layer below.

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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

48 video lessons · 16003 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 23s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 39s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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