Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Hi again, it’s Casharina here and for today’s Tips and Tricks post I’ve chosen to share how I use Photoshop CS5 to change the colors of various elements in my kits to make them match my page. When I learned this trick it really gave me a whole new perspective of how to mix and match various elements from different kits into my layouts.
To apply this trick, you need a program that will allow you to select colors, such as a magic wand, adjust the hue/saturation and then colorize. Really it’s that simple! Here you can see how I was able to change the colors of the layout to match this new layout…
First, choose the element you would like to adjust the colors of.
Now, find your magic wand tool on your tools sidebar and be sure that the option “contiguous” is NOT selected (this will be found at the top of your tool bars). This will allow the tool to pick up the color throughout the FULL element. This is a great tool to use when you are changing only ONE color to a piece, such as the sand bucket seen below. (I used the tool to ONLY change the orange to a brighter pink, and then made another adjustment to change the green to a brighter green. I also used this to change the color of the large flower on the above page to the purple, and then I did another layer to change the center green pearl to a pink.)
Next, choose the NEW color. To do this you will want to use your color picker tool (just hit I on the keyboard).
Now, click on the Hue/Saturation box. (It’s the box that has three horizontal lines in it). Or in your menu options you’ll find it under Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation.
Here you will find the option to “colorize” the selected portion. (It’s near the bottom of Hue/Saturation dialog box.)
After you click on colorize the color will show up…it may not be the right color at first, that’s where this process takes a personal touch and you manipulate the hue, saturation and lightness to the point where it matches the color you want. If you find that there are areas that you’ve missed just go back to the element layer and use your wand tool (W on the keyboard) to select the missing parts and then go back up to your hue/saturation layer and press delete, which will then mask out the former color. Continue this process until you have the look you want to achieve.
Lastly, you can merge any layers/mask layers you’ve added together by pressing CRTL+E.
There are times that I like to duplicate my hue/saturation layer for future coloring so that I am sure that I get the SAME color combination. I do this mostly when I’m working on an alpha that I’m coloring such in the below “ballerina” alpha where I changed the pink to an aqua, or if I’m using elements with the same color scheme and I want to change them all to the same color like in my “drinking nectar” layout. Here are a few more examples of how I use the color adjustment tools to complete my layouts…
*This trick doesn’t always work using the colors as is, if I have trouble getting an element to work with the color I want, sometimes I first change the whole element to black and white and then adjust the hue/saturation or colorize.
There are many different ways of adjusting colors with each of the different software programs each of us use…this is just one (so be on the look out for more of them in future Tips & Tricks posts). What’s your favorite tip? Feel free to share it in the comments - we’d love to here about it!
So that’s it for this topic (for today, at least)…if you have any questions feel free to leave a reply and I’ll try my very best to answer them! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as SP wraps up ProjectSCRAP 2011 and to download your COVERS…they’re awesome!! Goodbye!