Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tutorial: The Selective Color Tool

Have you ever had a scrapbook paper and thought, "Oh, I love everything about this paper, but I just wish there wasn't any pink in it!" Or, "I love this paper, but that one shade of blue doesn't quite match the shade of blue in my picture." This is where one of my favorite tools comes in handy. It is called the Selective Color Tool. Some of you have posted and asked me to change the pinks in some of my kits to blue so you could use them on your boys' layouts. Now you'll know how! (***When changing the colors of papers, always check the designer's Terms of Use to see if they've given permission for you to change their colors. You have my 100% permission on all of my kits).

(Keep in mind that I use Adobe Photoshop CS2, so I don't know how well this tutorial applies to other programs).

1) Open the paper you want to use. For this tutorial I will be using the Blossoms paper from my Happiness kit.
2) Click on Image, then Adjustments, and finally Selective Color.

3) Next you will want to choose which color it is that you are wanting to change. I have decided that for this tutorial I want to change my red color to be yellow. I will make sure the color "red" is highlighted and then I will click "OK".

4) Now you get to play around until you get the desired look you want.

5) Here is the before and after of the two. Notice the greens didn't change because I only selected the reds to change:


The Selective Color Tool works great with pictures as well. I use this tool for a natural way to whiten teeth. In this picture of me and my hubby, my teeth match nicely with my shirt (bad), however, I'd like them to match my hubby's bright white shirt!

There are a couple of things to do first, before we do the steps that I described above.

1) First, we need to let Photoshop know that the ONLY area we are wanting to work with is my teeth. We do this by using what's called the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

2) Next we need to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a shape around my mouth. With the Polygonal Lasso Tool is selected, just click around the mouth. This does not need to be exact. You want to make sure that your final click is in the same place as your first click to form a complete circle. You will know you've done it correctly if the outline becomes the "marching ants" (moving dashed lines).

3) Copy (Ctrl C) and Paste (Ctrl V) the shape you just outlined. (You can also copy by clicking on "Edit" then click on "Copy" and then click on "Edit" then click on "Paste." Now you have a new layer which is the shape of my mouth. Make sure that layer is highlighted.

4) It's finally time to use the Selective Color Tool! Making sure the new mouth layer is highlighted, follow step 3 from the first tutorial (Image, Adjustments, Selective Color), and instead of choosing the "red" color to play with, we are now going to choose "white" because that's the main shade of my teeth. With the white color selected, take the tab above the word "yellow" and drag it all the way to the left. Sometimes I redo this step, only I start with the "yellow" color instead of white, and then take the yellow tab again and drag it to the left.
5) You'll want to flatten the image when you're all done to make it all one layer. (Click "layer" then "flatten image.") And voila! Here are the before and after pictures. Not too drastic, see? Just a nice, subtle change.
***Disclaimer: I am not proud of my skin! Please don't look at these pictures up close and say to me, "Summer, you should have also taught us how to cover up wrinkles and blemishes using your picture!" (We'll save that for another day!)

36 comments:

agravette said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I need all the help I can get to figure out how to make adjustments to papers, elements, and my photos.

Janice said...

I was trying to figure out how to change all of one color in a page and here it is. Thanks so very much for all the tips and kits you so freely share. They are appreciated and I always look forward to reading your blog and see what beautiful kit you give us next. Thanks again.

Shelley said...

Anyone know if there is anything in Elements that does this??

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your tutorials! I am still learning how to use my photoshop so I greatly appreciate you taking the time to show us how!

Allison said...

great tutorial! thanks :)

Nicki said...

fab tutorial and wouldnt it be fab if we could fix our teeth like that? wish i could, would save me wads of cash at the dentist! lol
Love what you have done tho, its brill
Nicki
x

Stephanie said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. I was changing my colors the "long" way! Here's a tip for you. Instead of ctrl-c and then ctrl-v, you can just do ctrl-j and it will put whatever you have selected on a new layer. Hope that will save you time as you have saved me some time!!!

*The Smiths* said...

Thanks for all the help! Your kits are my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

The Pangans said...

Wow! Thanks for the easy steps to a drastic change! I love photoshop, and I am so happy people like you are willing to share their knowledge with others. I'm going to try this out very soon!!!

Lisa said...

wow...those are good things to know! Thanks!

Pat said...

Thanks for the tutorial-I went to elements & figured out how to work it in that program 'cause that's what I use-For anyone using photoshop elements, one option is going to enhance-adjust color-replace color-it pulls up a rectangular box (the top section dealing with the color you're selecting, and the bottom with the color you want to change it to),from there you click on the color you want to change, then adjust the sliders on the bottom section of rectangle to change the color to the color you want- If you're wanting to change the whole color scheme of a paper or item, go to enhance, adjust color, adjust hue (or just ctrl U) and click the box for colorize. This can be a nice tool if you're trying to adjust papers to match a picture or other papers 'cause you can use the eyedropper tool to pick up a color & colorize the paper or element to match. I'm becoming such a nerd! I love finding out new tricks...

Dora said...

Hello Summer, thanks so much for the tutorial, I came to your blog by chance as I'm new to all this. Please can you tell me from where I can get this Photoshop which you are using, I'm not so much into computers, but it looks so fab !!
PS I really like your name :)

Carissa said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I love you kits and designs!

Sara said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it.

Jamie said...

Hooray! I have been trying to figure that out for so long! Thanks!

Dream Big Designs said...

I love this! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I don't know how many stupid tutorials I look for on youtube and they show me squat! This is perfect. Thank you!

Mrs. Schmalison said...

I love tutorials and yours make it so easy!! Thanks for the help!

kelly said...

Thanks so much, and you look beautiful, even your skin. You are a natural beauty!

Magoo said...

thank you for sharing and taking the time to post such a detailed tutorial :) I myself am truly grateful as I have just started designing with photoshop elements 6. Thank you so much!

Tiffany said...

I loved loved Loved this tutorial. I have been working on a good way to teeth whiten and they always look so fake. This doesnt You are so great!! Thanks so much.

Dana Lynne said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial!!! As for the blemishes/wrinkles, I would LOVE a tutorial for that...but not using your picture, of course! ;) Love your site!!!!

Pink Rufflez said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, Summer; I am self-teaching myself Photoshop and this was another 'AHA' moment for me. And thank you, too, for all the wonderful kits; I love your work

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Xazmin said...

I'm so glad I came across your blog! I just went through ALL your digital kits and am in love with them!

I'm glad I found you!

Kerry, Miranda and Logan said...

Thanks for the tutorials! It was so easy to follow and undestand. Thanks again!!!

Anonymous said...

you are too cute! and i LOVE that you used "THIS" kit for your example ;-)

~amber

Bisel Family said...

Summer, You are beautiful, your skin in glowing and perfect. The only thing I thought of when I saw your picture was how fantastic you are!!!

Alicia W. said...

Wow! Thanks for this tutorial...I have often wondered how to do this and now I can try it out! Your kits are all so cute and I really appreciate your tutorials.

liz said...

What a nice tutorial! Only wish it was for PSP (which I am trying to learn).

Just curious... is your swirly brush usable in PSP?

Oh, and your kits are beautiful. :)

ScrapBooth said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials. I learn something new every time. I know you are busy with the family but sure hope you are going to have a kit for the summer months! I check back often hoping for just the thing.

Bogner's said...

Summer: Thanks for the info. I have photoshop elements 6 and in that program (case anyone cares) you go to enhance, then adjust color, and finally, replace color. I would never have found that if it weren't for your tutorial, thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your tutorials and I was hoping that you could give a tutorial on how to make a background for blogs. I greatly appreciate it! : )

Lori said...

Wow!!! Thanks

Laura said...

Thanks for all the help! I love learning new things that actually help a lot!

Chris (Wellnifty) said...

Great tutorial, thanks.. can't wait to try it out

Chris x

Kelly said...

Thank you for the great Tutorials. I posted a link on my blog. www.digndesigns.blogspot.com