Using Replace Color in Adobe Photoshop CS3

You’ve chosen the perfect image for your project, but the color palette doesn’t fit your needs. What can you do?

The Replace Color option is your solution. This tool allows you to change a specific color within an image quickly and easily. It isn’t hard to use, and you can save your settings and reuse them on other images.

Replace Color can be found under Image > Adjustments > Replace Color. Within the Replace Color palette are options such as hue, saturation, and lightness.

Suppose you have a photograph of stadium seats and you need to change the color from bright red to a cool blue. It only takes a few easy steps using Replace Color.

Before you begin, create a Background Layer Copy ( control > J for PCs and Apple > J for Macs) so the original is safe behind the photo in case something goes wrong.

Bring the photo into Photoshop. Make sure “Preview” is checked under the save option. This will show any changes being made to the actual photograph.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Replace Color. The Replace Color palette will appear on your screen with a few options inside.

Choose the Selection option. (This will show you what is being selected in the Preview box above. Masked areas are black and what’s chosen by the Eyedropper will be in white.)

Select the Eyedropper tool with a plus sign and use it to select the red tones in the image.

Click around on the seats with the plus sign Eyedropper until all of the seats appear in the Preview box. When everything is selected, move on to the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness options.

To change the seats to blue, work with the Saturation and drag the slider to the left. The image will show the color change if the Preview option is selected. You can also select a replacement color manually by clicking on the square color preview box.

When the seats are the desired color, choose “okay.” The original red seats have been changed to a cool blue in no time.