How to Replace a Color in Photoshop

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How many occasions did you feel unhappy about the color of the picture’s element? I think more than often. A long time back, I was deeply interested to know how to replace color in Photoshop. Then I get introduced to an awesome Photoshop color replacement technique. From then on, removing specific color from image is an easy task for you. Are you also feeling interested to know the procedure? Well, today I am going to share it with you.   

In a few minutes, you are going to learn how to remove a specific color in Photoshop and replace it with another color. Without any further delay, let’s jump into the tutorial.

Learn how to replace color in Photoshop (Step-by-step guide)

Step 1: Open the Picture and Take a New Layer
To start the procedure, open the picture in Photoshop that one you want to customize. Open Photoshop and press CTRL + O. Then choose the picture. 

For this tutorial, I am going to proceed with this picture.

How to Replace a Color in Photoshop

After that, press CTRL + SHIFT + N to create a new layer. It will create e new blank layer. If you find that there is a confirmation box, simply press Enter. 

Step 2: Make Selection via Color Range 
Almost all of us know that lots of selection tools are available in Photoshop like Pen tool, Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand Tool, etc. Only a few people know that we can also make selections based on color. No, I am not talking about the Magic Wand Tool.  

As we are going to replace the color in Photoshop, I am to make the selection according to the color. To do that, go to the Select > Color Range option from the top. 

Make Selection via Color Range

After that, Color Range options will appear on your screen. Make sure that you have selected Sampled Colors. There are multiple options available for selections preview. In my opinion, Grayscale is the most convenient among those. Not forget to click on the Multi Selection Icon from the below of Save option. 

Allow me to show you my screen. 

Color Range Applied

Let replace the color of the background. Therefore, click on any area of the background and it will turn into white. Remember that, white areas will be included as a selection. Try to convert the background as pure white and the rest of the things as pure black. Our further process will only affect the white area. Reduce the fuzziness from the Color Range options.

Perhaps, you will not get a proper result at this stage but no need to worry. We will fix it in the later step. 

Here is my selection. 

Color Change Grayscale

The background is in white form and the rests of the things are in Black form. Now, press Enter and move to the next step. 

Step 3: Choose Hue & Saturation from New Adjustment layer
For this tutorial, we are going to use Hue & Saturation as the Photoshop color replacement tool. Is that sounding strange? But trust me it provides an excellent result. Choose the option from here. 

Choose Hue & Saturation from New Adjustment layer

It will create a new Hue & saturation Adjustment layer. Change the value of Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. You will notice that it’s affecting the background color that you have selected. But the concern is, it is also affecting some areas of other elements. 

Let’s have a look at the hand from this picture.

Hue, Saturation and Lightness Applied

So, what to do to fix this error? Relax; we are going to fix it in the next step. 

Step 4: Making Correction of the Selection 
To fix the selection, Press ALT and click on the Mask Icon of the Background Layer. It will bring a black & White view of that layer. 

Making Correction of the Selection

See, both hands are not completely black. This is the reason why hue & saturation effects are applying to those areas. Pick up the Brush tool and decrease its hardness to 0. You will find the hardness option by clicking on the top of the Brush Size Icon. Later on, Pick the Black color and paint those areas with black.

If you notice that any areas of the background are not completely white, also paint on this area with white color. You should remember a fact. To remove specific color from image paints it as white. After doing corrections,

I have got this result. 

Making Correction of the Selection Full Black

Now, again press ALT and click on the mask icon of that layer to go back to the normal view

Making Correction of the Selection Normal view

See, we have replaced the color of the background in Photoshop. At this stage, just in one click from Hue & Saturation, you will be able to change the color of the background.

Let’s try it and bring another new color. Simply change the value of hue and saturation. 

changing the value of hue, saturation

You might be thinking about how to change multiple colors from an image in Photoshop? Let me show you by changing the color of the panda. 

Step 5: Remove & Replace Specific Color
To proceed into this step, move the Blank layer at the top. Click & hold the mouse on the layer and place it at the top. Again go to the color selection option. At that time, I am going to click on the panda to make it white and other areas should be black.  As the color of the Panda and Clothes are same both are turning into white.

Remove & Replace Specific Color

Press Ok and take another hue & saturation adjustment layer following the previous process. After this, press ALT and click on the mask icon of this new layer. I have renamed it as “Panda”. Pick up the brush tool once again. Keep the color of the panda as white. Except for it, everything will be black.

hue & saturation adjustment layer

When you feel that you have perfectly painted on the picture, go back to the normal view. I hope now you know how to do the rest of the stuff. Simply change values of Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. It will only change the color of the panda as we have painted it as white.  Let me show you the final picture.

change value of hue saturation

That’s all about how to replace color in Photoshop. From now on, remove any specific color of an image is not a big deal for you. In the first attempt, you might not be able to bring a perfect result. Just a little bit of practice will make it easier for you. Have you enjoyed the tutorial? Stay tuned with us. More exciting and useful Photoshop tutorials are waiting for you. Best wishes for your photo editing. 

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