Posted by in Design, How-To, Photoshop.

Do you face the problem whereby you managed to capture an amazing photo but was unable to use it because the colour doesn’t suit your design theme? In today’s guide, I will go through with you the steps to replace the colors of objects.

There are serveral techniques in Photoshop that allows you to replace the colors of objects. You can apply a Hue/Satuation adjustment to your selected object for great flexibility and results. You can also replace the colors using the Replace Color dialog box, for less flexibility but a convenient grouping of options. Otherwise, you can try the method today, changing the colors using the Color Replacement Tool.

Before we begin, here’s an image that showcase the before and after.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop
Photo reference: dominiqs

Step 1: Open the File in Photoshop

Open the image you want to work on in Photoshop.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

Step 2: Select the Color Replacement Tool

If the Color Replacement Tool isn’t visible, access it by holding down the Brush Tool on the Tool Panel.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

A gentle reminder to keep the blending mode set to Color. As for the Sampling option, you can choose one of the following:
Continuous: Samples colors continuously as you drag;
Once: Substitutes the targeted color only in areas containing the color that you first click; and
Background Swatch: Substitutes only areas containing the current background color.

Besides the Sampling option, here are some of the things you can choose from the Limits menu:
Discontiguous: Replaces the sampled color wherever it occurs under the pointer.
Contiguous: Replaces colors that are contiguous with the color immediately under the pointer
Find Edges: Replaces connected areas containing the sampled color while better preserving the sharpness of shape edges.

I had left the Tolerance percentage as the default pecentage. You can choose a lower percentage (5%-15%) if you want to replace colors very similar to the pixel you click, or increase the percentage to replace a broader range of colors.

With the above set, select a foreground color to replace the unwanted color.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

Step 3: Paint Over The Color Areas That Need to be Replaced

Paint over the areas you wish to replace the colors.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

Remember to always zoom out to check your work.
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

And here’s the completed work:
How to use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

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