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Easily Change the Color of an object in Photoshop, no selections required

This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to easily change the color of anything in a photo without the need to create selections. This tutorial is one of those things that you wonder how you ever got along without before you knew this.

Easily Change the Color of an object in Photoshop, no selections required

This tutorial is an old favorite of mine. I have been using this technique for a long time. In the past, I used to make selections to change the color of parts of a photograph. Since I discovered this tip, I never make selections to change colors any more. This is so simple and quick to do, it’s one of those “I wish I had known about this before” techniques as you remorse all the wasted time in the past.


I used to do this technique with the Hue/Saturation adjustment, but it’s much better and faster to do it with an adjustment layer. You will also notice that you can use the built in mask in the Adjustment layer to save a lot of time and get better results. Most of the time, you don’t have to do any masking, but I used an example that does require masking so that you will know how to do it when the need arises, because it will!

 

You can fins the image I used for the tutorial on . The number of the image is #73372537 (You can follow along without having to buy the image) For instructions on using Adobe stock, check it out here. 

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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About Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

  • Charlotte Geier

    Where is the link for the written tutorial?

  • Carl Lum

    I don’t often find myself needing to change the colour of something, but this is a great tip, Colin. Thanks!

  • It’s a very important tutorial. To change the color of an object I often face some problem. But this tutorial clears my concept. Thank you.

  • Sharon Kay

    Loved this tutorial. Such an easy way to change the color of an object. Thanks.

  • An object color changing is a very necessary and significant in Photoshop . Everyone’ll get more ideas from the tutorial about object color changing .

  • Wendy Dodgson

    Hi Colin, love this tutorial and how simply you explain things. I have a question though. When clicking on the orange, as you said it will give you a selected range within that colour. But what if i wanted to change the flower to a totally different colour which is not within that orange/yellow range. Purple for example. How would i go about that. I’m using ps cs3 and not overly experienced. Any help you could give would be great. Thank-you.

    • Just move the hue slider and lightness if you need to. You can change it to any color you like, including purple

      • Wendy Dodgson

        Thank-you again 🙂

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  • Donna

    Thanks for the help with changing colors. My only question is that once I finished the edit how do you finish up and save the photo in the same format it was originally?

  • arkaf

    Thank you so much for this tip. It makes everything simple 🙂 I am fairly new with photoshop and although I knew this could be done and have used the Hue/saturation before I couldn’t figure out how to do it for only one part of the image cleanly. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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