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Replace Colors in Photoshop

How to Replace Colors in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on May 24, 2016

Do you want to replace colors in your image? Some images look better with different colors, or sometimes you need your image to coordinate with a specific color scheme. In this article, we will show you how to replace colors in Photoshop.

Replace Colors in Photoshop

First thing you need to do is open your image in Photoshop.

Simply go to the Adjustment Panel at the right-hand side of your Photoshop screen (if it’s not there, then go to Window ยป Adjustments), and select the Channel Mixer option.

Channel Mixer

Next, keeping the Channel Mixer layer selected in the Layers panel, you should press Ctrl + I to inverse the color of the layer mask.

The Layers Panel should now look like this:

Layers Panel

Now you need to find the areas where you want to replace the colors. Create a selection on those areas with the Quick Selection Tool.

Make Selection

After making the selection, go ahead and select the Brush Tool from the toolbar. Set the color to white, and brush over the selected areas. You will not see any change on the image, but you will be able to see the effect in the layer mask on the Channel Mixer layer.

Mask Layer

Once you are done with the brush, go ahead and look for the Output Channel dropdown in the Chanel Mixer settings. By default, it is set to ‘Red’.

You will find three sliders for Red, Green, and Blue. Adjust the sliders using the following settings:

Red: 0%
Green: 100%
Blue: 0%

Green Slider

In the next step, you should set the Blue color in the Output Levels dropdown and use the following settings for the three sliders:

Red: 0%
Green: 100%
Blue: 0%

Blue Levels

Lastly, use the brush tool to clean up any leftover colors for a perfect result.

That’s it! Check out the before and after image below.

Replace Colors in Photoshop

We hope this article helped you to learn how to replace colors in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create a striking color filter in Photoshop.

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