How to Recolor Simple Artwork in Photoshop

(upbeat music) – [Helen] Hello
and welcome to this Design Cuts video
tutorial today. We’re going to look at
Recoloring Simple Art here in Photoshop. Now, the art that I’m using is from one of our
Designer Packs, so let’s have a quick look. It’s from Wild Flora Wonders
which are Floral Vectors by Denise Anne. And included in this
Floral Vector Pack are some png images, and
of course, png images are bitmap images. So, that’s the one that I’ve
got open here in Photoshop. And being a png image, this image actually came
with transparencies. So all I’ve done is added a
white filled LAB below it. Just so it’s easier
to see the art. But if the image had come
with a white background the process for recoloring
it would be the same. Now we’re going to look
at three different ways of recoloring art in Photoshop. There are more, but
we’re just gonna stick with three for today. So I have my art selected
and the first thing I need to do is to select the
bits that I want to recolor, given that I don’t want to
recolor absolutely everything. And to do this I’ll choose
Select and then I’ll choose Colour Range, because
this allows me to select by Colour Range. So I’m gonna start by
choosing Sampled Colours here. Because I want to be able
to click on the colours that I want to use. I’m also going to click
on this eyedropper here, which will allow me
to select a colour, and anything else that
is currently selected will be deselected. So I’m gonna choose
this colour here. So I’ll click on it
once with the eyedropper and you can see that now
we have it selected here in this image. So this is giving us a preview
of what we’ve selected. It doesn’t look like this
colour has been selected. So I’m going to need to add it. To add this colour
to the selection, I’m going here to the
eyedropper that has a plus sign and that allows me to
add this to it as well. You can see when I do
that these other elements are all selected,
but this one isn’t. We’re not seeing
this one selected, that’s good because
it’s not suppose to be. Now I also have settings here
that are really important. I have Localised Colour
Clusters disabled, because I want to
select all the areas that are this
colour in the image. And I have Fuzziness
set to zero. The further I
increase Fuzziness, the more I’m going
to bring in colours that are similar to, but
not exactly this colour. Now, because I want to select
and just recolor exactly this colour, I’m gonna
make sure that Fuzziness is set to a really low value. I don’t wanna pick
up extra colours. Once I’ve satisfied myself
in this little image here, that pretty much what I want
to recolor has been selected, I’ll click OK. And these areas
are now selected. You can see the marching
ants around them. To recolor them, I’m going
to use an adjustment layer. And because these
areas are selected, when I select an
adjustment layer, these are going to
be part of the mask. So they’re going to be masked. So the adjustment layers
are only going to affect the areas I currently
have selected. So I’ll do this by
choosing Layer and then New Adjustment Layer
and for this one I’ll choose Hue Saturation. That’s one of the
colorization methods that you can use. It’s a pretty easy one to use. I’ll click OK. Now, although you can’t see
the marching ants any longer, only these green, sort
of, olivey green areas are going to be adjusted
when we start working with the Hue Saturation sliders. Here we have a Hue Slider. And if we walk this
in any direction you’ll see that as we move it, the colour of these
leaves is changing. And so we can walk
all the way around the colour wheel. So I’m gonna go close to the
colour that I want to use. And I want a sort
of blue colour. So let’s go and see
where I can get my blues. I’m gonna get my blues at
this end of the hue slider. And they’ll also be at the
other end of the hue slider. Because you can think of this
as being sort of a circle that’s been cut
and then flattened. So they’re going to
join up at either end. So, your blues are
going to be at both ends of the slider. So just gonna work out where
the blue is that you want. You can adjust the saturation. Remove saturation so it
becomes more grey scale. Increase the saturation so it
becomes a whole lot brighter, and there’s also a
lightness adjustment here, so just choose the
colour that you want. If we go back to
the Layers Pallet, not surprisingly, here we
have our Hue Saturation adjustment layer and
this is our mask. It’s just controlling
the area to which this hue saturation
adjustment is being applied. One of the benefits of
using an adjustment layer rather than fixing the
change to the image, is you can double
click on it any time and then come back in
and make adjustments. Now we’ll look at a second way of making the
colour adjustments. I’m going back to
the main image. I’m gonna select a
different colour this time. So again, I’ll go into
Select and then Colour Range. I’m choosing Sample Colours. I don’t want Localised
Colour Clusters selected. I’m choosing to have Fuzziness
set to really low value. I’m gonna click here to
replace any current selection with the colour that
I’m about to select. I’m gonna select this
sort of bluey green, this dark blue green. So I’ll click on it. And then just double
check that all the areas that are this
colour in the image have been selected
and appear selected, here in this preview. And it looks like everything
has been selected. If I needed to add another area I would go to this icon here, the eyedropper
with the plus sign and then I could add
additional areas, such as a different colour. Now I don’t wanna do that. So I’ll press Control, or
Command Z to undo that step. So I have selected
now, everything that I want to recolor. I’ll click OK and
now it’s selected, you’ve got the
marching ants showing. This time we’ll do
a Curves Adjustment. Again, an adjustment
layer so that the areas that have marching ants
around them are about to become a mask. Layer, new adjustment layer,
and I’ll choose Curves. I’ll click OK. Now, with the Curves
adjustment we can adjust the composite channel
RGB or we can adjust individual channels. So looking here at this leaf, it’s probably got
some blue in it, it’s probably got
some green in it. So let’s go in adjust
the green channel. So we’ll go to
the green channel. When we’re adjusting
the green channel, dragging up we’ll add
green and dragging down, we’ll add the opposite of green. And the opposite of
green is magenta. So if we drag down we’re
going to add magenta, we drag up we’re
going to add green. And so we can
adust the greenness of this particular element. So I’m gonna take it towards
the sort of magenta level. We can also go to
the blue channel. In the blue channel we’ll
be adjusting the blue in this colour as
well as the yellow, because blue and
yellow are opposites. We’ll drap upwards to add blue, and downwards to add yellow. And so you can fine tune
the look of this colour by adjusting the amount
of blue or yellow in it. And with red which is the final
channel that we can adjust, we’ll drag upwards to add red and downwards to add cyan. And so here’s red being
added to this colour. And here it would be cyan
being added to this colour. Cyan being that sort
of bluey green colour. So, I’m gonna add a
little bit of red here. I’ll close down the
Curves Adjustment. Let’s have a look
in the layers pallet to see what we’ve got. Well, we’ve got two
adjustments now. The Hue Saturation adjustment
which is controlling these leaves here,
we can test it. Turn it on and off to see
how it’s been applied. And then we’ve got
the Curves Adjustment, which is controlling
these leaves here. Now the third way
of adjusting colour is one that’s actually
set into the image itself. But it does have a
distinct advantage. And I’m going to show you that. So I’m going to
select the image, and this time I’m
going to choose, Image and Adjustments
and then Replace Colour. Now Replace Colour is one
of the few adjustments that is not also available
as an adjustment layer, so the only way that you
can use this Replace Colour adjustment is to do
it to the whole image. You can’t actually do it
as an adjustment layer. There are a few others
that are the same, but this is one of them. So I’m gonna click
on Replace Colour and when I do that, you’ll
see that the Replace Colour dialogue looks very
similar to the select
colour range dialogue. So let’s have a look and see
how we’re gonna work this. It’s gonna work very similarly so disable Local
Colour Clusters. We’ve got our three little
eyedroppers up here. I’m gonna click on this one. So whatever I’m about to
click on is going to replace anything that is selected here. And so what I’m going to do
is grab this colour here. Now, it looks at this
stage, as if that colour is not in use anywhere else. But I would like to
replace some of these other colours that are
pretty similar to it. So let’s click here on the
add to sample eyedropper. And now I can click
on some other colours that are similar but
not exactly the same. So, I’m just gonna
click on those and if I wanna click on
these, I can add them as well. So I brought in
this colour because it’s similar to
one of the others, that I’ve already clicked on. So that allocates this sort
of colour as being the colour that we’re about to replace. And down here, we can select
the colour that we want to replace it with. Now there’s an advantage
to this particular Replace Colour
Option, and that is that we can set the
colour ourselves. So not only do we have a
hue saturation and lightness slider, which would
allow us to do the things that we’re used to doing with the Hue Saturation
adjustment layer, but we can also click
on this Result Colour, which allows us to select
it from the colour picker, but we probably already know too that when we have the
Colour Picker open, we can select the
colour from the image. So in this way, we would be able to replace this
sort of pink colour with another colour
that we sample from the image. Or we could’ve actually
provided a little colour sampler box here that we
want to recolor too. And so we could’ve
just clicked on it. So I’m just going to
click here on this colour and that would replace the pink
colour with this green colour. And I could select any
colour in the image to replace that colour with. As well, of course, as
creating my own colour. And so I could just
make an adjustment here and choose my own colour
for those flowers. And click OK. I’ll click OK again. Now the only thing to be
aware of that particular adjustment, is that it’s
baked into the image, because it can’t be applied
as an adjustment layer. It’s not able to
be easily undone. So there are some of the
approaches that you could take to recoloring simple
art like this. Art that has a very distinct
individual colours in it in Photoshop. I hope that you’ve
enjoyed learning this Photoshop techniques. Let us know what you think
in the comments below. And give us a thumbs up if
you enjoyed this tutorial. Until next time,
I’m Helen Bradley for Design Cuts.

Dereck Turner

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