Photoshop CS5: Replace The Entire Color In An Image With Photoshop

I have been working on a WordPress site for a client of mine and typically use the same theme called Mandigo which offers seven different color schemes. In this specific case my client wanted a color theme outside of the seven color schemes that are offered by default so I needed to modify each of the icons to reflect the requested color scheme by the client. Below are instructions on how to modify all of a specific color in an image to a new color using Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Modify All Of A Specific Color In An Image To A New Color Using Photoshop:

  1. Open Image In Photoshop: First open the image you want to modify in Photoshop by clicking File in the top navigation menu, selecting Open from the drop down, and then browsing to the image you want to modify. I would also recommend making a backup of he image you are modifying before editing it.
  2. Select Entire Image: Now with the image open in Photoshop select the Marquee Tool, which by default will be the Rectangular Marquee Tool, shown in the image below. The Marquee Tool is typically the second choice in the left hand menu in Photoshop. Use the tool to select the entire image where you want to replace the color with a new color.

    Photoshop Rectangular Marquee Tool: Select Entire Image

  3. Open Replace Color Configuration Window: Once he image has been selected as shown in the above example image click Image from the top navigation meu, select Adjustments from the drop down menu, and then click Replace Color from the fly out menu.

    Photoshop > Image > Adjustments > Replace Color

    This will open the Photoshop Replace Color configuration window as shown in the below image.

    Photoshop: Replace Color

  4. Replace Color: With the Replace Color window open you can now select the color to replace and then replace the color easily. A couple things that should be noticed about the Replace Color window include the original color that you can use the dropper to select in the image itself, the Fuzziness setting, the preview image shown above Selection and Image, and the color you are using to replace the current color in the bottom section of the Replace Color window. First select the color you want to replace by clicking the square next to Color in the top section. Next select the Fuzziness setting which by default is around 50. Think of fuzziness as the various shades of the color you are replacing so the higher the Fuzziness setting the more shades of color that will be replaced with the new color. Next select the color you are using to replace the current color by clicking the square in the bottom right side of the Replace Color window which will open the Select Target Color window as shown below. Once you have modified all of these settings click the OK button to apply the changes.

    Photoshop: Select Target Color

  5. Save Modified Image: After replacing the color in the image you will still need to save the image and verify the correct color was replaced.

The Replace Color tool in Photoshop can be very valuable depending on what you use Adobe Photoshop CS5 for so it is nice that this process is very easy to accomplish.


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