Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

I don’t think you can improve on the colors of nature, but if you really wanted to … well it’s quite easy.

I often marvel at the beautiful colors of some of the photos I see and it’s extraordinarily easy to change those colors in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – with only a couple of clicks. Let’s take a look.

Head over to Morguefile.com, download this photo and follow along.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

1. Open the image in Photoshop Elements and select the flower petals. You can do this using the Magnetic Lasso Tool or the Quick Selection Tool, and you can zoom in close so that you can see what you’re doing.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

2. Once you have all your petals selected, change the foreground color. I chose a deep purple/red.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

3. Create a Solid Color Fill Layer. Click on the Create Adjustment Layer icon and select Solid Color from the drop down box.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

Since we’ve already selected our color, click ok to close the dialog box.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

You should now have a new layer in the Layer Pallette, and your flower should be flooded with the color you chose.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

4. Now for the magic. Select Color from the Blending Mode drop down box.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

And the color on your flower petals changes automatically while still retaining the lights and shades and luminosity. Isn’t that fabulous?

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

Don’t like the color you chose? Double click on the Solid Color Layer and change your color using the color picker on the dialog box.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

Now add some texture overlays to turn it into PhotoArt. Sunflowers never looked so beautiful!

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Changing Colors