How to Replace Colors in an Image | Color Changer Tool

If you have the right photo with the wrong colors, our color replacement superpowers are here to save the day. You don’t need complicated photo editing software like Photoshop to do this. You just need PicMonkey. We’ll show you quick steps to replacing colors in an image, then talk about the finer details and tips. Sign up for free to try it out for yourself now!

What is the difference between color adjustment and color replacement?

Traditional color adjustment tools change the overall color of the image: they move all the colors together. They are great for correcting white balance or introducing hues and saturation changes throughout the image for aesthetic effect. A color replacement tool (also called a color changer) allows you to change individual colors without affecting other colors in the image. So you can change the color of your salads and avocados without changing your tomatoes, peppers or cabbage.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Photoshop To Replace Colors

Adobe’s Color Replacement Tutorial tells you that there are three ways to change colors in Photoshop. And they work. But if you don’t have time to dive in and figure out which tool is the right one; or you don’t like sorting multiple drop-down menus that have 17-20 choices each; and more importantly, if you’re confused by phrases like “change out-of-gamut colors for printing” and “bitmapped, indexed, or multichannel color mode,” you’ll be hooked right off the bat. PicMonkey is for people who do other stuff in addition to making stunning images all day long (entrepreneurs, social marketers, side-giggers, creative passion-istas, we’re looking at you). So everything is faster and easier, and you always have the jawbone. drop. results.

How to replace colors with PicMonkey

Quickly change the color of an image in PicMonkey by following these steps:

  1. Click on Create a new and open your own photo or choose one from our photo library.

  2. On the Effects tab, click Color Changer. Select the color point for the hue you want to change.

  3. move it Tint slider and watch the color change. violate with Saturation and Brightness sliders to customize even more.

  4. Click on Apply once you have finished.

Now, let’s go into a bit more detail. We’ll start with a photo of a woman wearing a stylish orange shirt and change it to… well, you’ll see.

Select the layer you want to make changes to

Click on create a new one, then choose where your photo is stored, or take one from our extensive photo library or choose a design template. More often than not, your photo will only have one layer, unless you are working with a multi-layered design, either from a template or your own work. In these cases, you need to tell PicMonkey which layer you want to edit by selecting it in the Layers panel (click the stacked squares icon on the far right of the bottom toolbar).

Psst…need to remove an image background? To see: Automatic background remover, plus Design Inspo!

Open color changer

Find Color Changer in Effects, as well as in Edits, among the tabs in the blue column on the far left. Click on it. Orders will open in the left panel. Click on the color point closest to the color you want to change.

Adjust hue, then saturation and luminance

Now comes the fun part. Adjust the Hue slider and watch the colors change. Note that when your mouse hovers over the circular slider handle, the exact number of your adjustment appears. This is handy if you want to remember your adjustments – in combination with the number of adjustments on the other sliders, this creates a recipe for a look that you can replicate in other photos.

move it Saturation and Brightness sliders to adjust the amount of color and brightness, respectively, for the color you selected.

To change other colors in your photo, simply choose another color point and move the Tint, Saturationand Brightness cursors.

Click on Apply once you have finished.

To note: We are NOT trying to turn our subject into a smurf; however, since his shirt consists of multiple colors, we have to get creative. Which means…

Use the eraser to remove changes from a specific area

If you don’t want an area of ​​the selected color to receive hue changes, use the Brush/Erase tool. Click the paintbrush icon in the upper right corner of the panel controls. Click the eraser icon in the Erase and brush pallet that opens to the side. Now drag the eraser over the parts whose original color you want to keep. In our example, we erased the color change from everything except our subject’s shirt!

This is especially useful if you’re trying to change the subject colors of your photo, but it shares the colors with your background.

More tips for getting the best look

  • Don’t hesitate to knock Apply; the colors of the images don’t really update until you apply the change. Apply when you’ve made an adjustment before returning for touch-ups.

  • The color changer indexes all the colors in your photo to the color dots on the panel, but sometimes they don’t match what you see with the naked eye. For example, if you want to change the teal colors, don’t click on the green color dot – Color Changer classifies them below the blue color dot. Just methodically click on all the colored dots if your first choice is wrong.

  • In some photos, the creases and shadows are actually two different colors, so you may need to apply color changes separately to each.

  • If a color area doesn’t change with the rest, it may be because the tool sees it as a different color. To resolve this issue, try adjusting these adjacent colors in a separate step.

  • The cool thing about Color Changer? You can use it to achieve realistic or totally “out there” looks. Your choice!

More help: How to use the color change effect

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