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May262009

changing the color of an object....

I would say that a lot of my time has been spent on the internet, researching different techniques and styles.  Some are difficult and others are very simple, one's that most designers should know.  But I have found that there are many out there who really don't know some simple, quick tasks to achieve what they want. 

This is more inteneded for the early learners trying to get their feet wet on different techniques, but can also work great when using templates and you would like to change the color of a certain layer.  You can get a little more in depth with the different blending modes to achieve the look you want.  Also you can do this is just about any version of Photoshop.

Let's get started.

First off we want to have our document opened.  For this I decided to use my logo.  Only 2 colors and simple design to show you how this works.  

 

From this point you want to select the layers adjustment at the bottom of the layers palette.  Then select solid color. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  What happened to my document?....  Don't worry, this is what happens when you select solid color.  It affects your entire document.  But what also pops up is the ability to choose the color you want for the solid color layer.  Now you have three ways of chosing, the color picker, color profiles ( usually pantone colors etc.) or the swatch panel to the right in your swatch pallette if you are already working with specific colors.

At this point you have selected the color you want your object to be.  Next you will want to have your solid color adjustment layer selected (which should still be on top of your objects layers) and then hit Ctrl + G to group with the previous layer, your object. 

 Now that you have grouped the solid adjustment layer with your object layer, you want to mess with the blending mode.  For this tutorial, we will just select the color blending mode to affect the overall color of our logo.  Once that is done to make the adjustment final so that you can later drag and drop your logo or be able to work with without losing this adjustment, select both layers and press Ctrl + E to merge layers together.  That's it!!!  Pretty simple isn't it?

Here is a before and after of what we just did.

If you would like to know what the other blending modes can do, go and play.  Also try adjusting the opacity of the solid adjustment layer.  There are tons of things you can do and so many different looks.

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Reader Comments (2)

hmmmmm so I want to know how to make that frame:-) LOL! Good job! As someone who really appreciates your vast knowledge- I look forward to the next tidbit you decide to share:-)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

I've just stumbled across your blog (I lurk at 2peas all the time, but never post), and although I do use PSE (for basic edits only!) I didn't know about merging down - only flattening. I definitely found this tutorial helpful, and would love to see more!!

May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitie

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