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Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Animation
Extract Object
Layers
Colorize
Color Change
Glass Objects
Web Ads
Restore Photo
High Light Portrait Effect
Pencil Sketch
Torn Edge
Line Pattern
Rivets
Vellum
Cloning
Cookie Cutter

 

Look for these tool icons in Elements:

  Polygonal Lasso

  Brush Tools

  Eraser

  Healing Brushes

  Crop Tool

 


Photoshop Elements 3 Tutorial
Color Changechange color

Start by extracting the object you want to change the color of. Any object will do, but shiny objects with high contrast are the best to work with since they already contain the shadows, mid-tones and highlights you need.

You may need to also convert your object to black and white using 'Image | Mode | Greyscale'.

 

 

Once that's done, create a new layer and fill it with color using the paint bucket tool. Hold down the alt key and click on the line between the two layers on the layers palette to wrap the color around the shape of the car and automatically remove it from all other areas.

color shape layer

 

Reduce the opacity of the color layer to about 65% and select the 'soft light' blend mode from the drop down on the layers palette. Use the eraser tool to erase color from parts that are not colored, that would be everything except the body.

 

colorized object   

Make sure you also erase the black areas to remove the color from them as well. You can create a colored background for your object and place it on the bottom (background) layer.

Experiment with the gradient tool to create soft background spot lighting that compliments the color of your object.

 

If you substitute a graphic for the color layer, you can even create the illusion of a custom paint job. Experimenting with different photos instead of the solid color will amaze you at the different effects you can achieve. Try to take your compositions a step further with different effects such as background lighting and reflections.

 

color change blue   

Play around with all the settings to get the desired effect you want on your composition. Try to recolor food or other unusual objects. These are powerful tools once you get a grasp on using them.  Most of all, have fun!

 

 

 

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