Learn How to Change the Color of Anything with Photoshop

I've been using Photoshop since 1998 and if there was one thing that I've learned, it's that their slogan should be, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." We've seen a lot of videos on how to change the color of things using PS, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This one from Aaron Nace, of Phlearn, is quick, easy and you should add it to your arsenal.

Base Color and Highlight Color
When changing the color of an object in Photoshop there are ways to change the base color and the highlight color, we go over each of those methods in this episode. Today we are changing the color of a car from blue to green. Cars have base colors and often times the highlights reflect a variation of that color. We use Hue/Saturation to target Blues and then adjust the hue slider until we have a color we like. After choosing green as a base color we select out the highlights using Select Color Range and bring that selection into the Color Balance Adjustment layer. From here we show you how to adjust highlights, mid tones, and shadows separately. Adding Style with Lens Flare After we change the color of the car we couldn't resist adding a nice lend flare to the image. The Lens Flare gets a bad rap but when used well it can be very nice. We show you how to get a lens flare on its own layer and make adjustments to it. You will learn how you can layer mask a lens flare in Photoshop and even how to mask and blur it.
Using Color Balance to Style Your Image
To finish the image off we use a Color Balance adjustment layer. Color Balance will allow you to change the highlight, mid tone, and shadow colors separately. This ability makes Color Balance ideal when it comes to adding style to an image. In this case we add more yellow and red into the highlights while at the same time adding blues and greens into the shadows. The effect is subtle enough but gives the image a bit more of an edge. ”
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Love Aaron's videos. I am a regular buyer of his Phlearn Pro tutorials. However, in this case, Guy Gowan has a more accurate way of changing colors using channel mixer adjustment layer in Photoshop.

I can't even read this. Didn't make it out of the 1st paragraph and there are already 2 misspellings. You may have been using Photoshop since 1998, but apparently not spell check.

Have some integrity and quality about the content posted, f-stoppers.

Andres Latorre's picture

Then don't read it. You fuckin' insecure troll. I'm tired of these comments. If checking spelling and grammar is your thing, find a discussion board that accommodates that.

Worst argument in the history of internet.

So if I state that the great War was fought with rocket-propelled penguins and that they had laser artillery you won't oppose my statement since it's not a history forum???

Just shush....

Austin Rogers's picture

If you end up writing a novel about a rocket-propelled penguin war I'll be first in line to buy it. Just sayin'.

Right because it's too much to ask people who pretend to be journalists to have any journalist standards. Or like, spell correctly. Rise above the childish comments.

Kenn Tam's picture

I don't usually reply to these types of non-constructive remarks but I agree that mucking up the spelling is pretty lame and unprofessional. That being said, these grievances often come from one of two places. The first, where peer criticism or issues arise from a sincere desire to help. I appreciate those who catch me off guard (or on a bad day) to help nudge me back on track. I remember those people. I follow those people. I want to know and help those people the way they want to know and help me. Then there are the other people. The ego driven ones with a chip on their shoulder. The ones with something to prove. The ones who much rather spurn their peers in a weak handed attempt to gain some kind of insignificant superiority. I truly don't understand why one would even bother as it benefits no one. But, commenters can have bad days too and deserve the benefit of the doubt. So next time (and there will be a next time) just hit me with a, "Hey man, you screwed that shit up. You may want to fix it." That way when we cross paths within the industry you can come up with a smile and say, "How's it going? I'm that guy who gave you a hard time". I'll inevitable ask which one, followed by laughs hand shakes, beers and good connections made all around.