Switch Colors with the Replace Colors Command - dummies

Switch Colors with the Replace Colors Command

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Replace Color command in Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to replace designated colors in your image with other colors. You first select the colors you want to replace by creating a mask, which is a selection made by designating white (selected), black (unselected), and gray (partially selected) areas. You can then adjust the hue and/or saturation of those selected colors.

Follow these steps to get on your way to replacing color:

  1. In Full Photo Edit or Quick Photo Edit mode, choose Enhance→Adjust Color→Replace Color.

    The Replace Color dialog box appears. Make sure to select the Preview check box.

  2. Choose either Selection or Image:

    • Selection shows the mask in the Preview area. The deselected areas are black, partially selected areas are gray, and selected areas are white.

    • Image shows the actual image in the Preview area.

  3. Click the colors you want to select in either the image or the Preview area.

  4. Shift-click or use the plus sign (+) Eyedropper tool to add more colors.

  5. Press the Alt (Option on the Macintosh) key or use the minus sign (–) Eyedropper tool to delete colors.

  6. To add colors similar to the ones you select, use the Fuzziness slider to fine-tune your selection, adding or deleting from the selection based on the Fuzziness value.

    If you can’t quite get the selection you want with the Fuzziness slider, try selecting the Localized Color Clusters option. This option enables you to select multiple clusters, or areas, of color and can assist in getting a cleaner, more precise selection, especially when trying to select more than one color.

  7. Move the Hue and/or Saturation sliders to change the color or color richness, respectively. Move the Lightness slider to lighten or darken the image.

    Be careful to use a light hand (no pun intended) with the Lightness slider. You can reduce the tonal range too much and end up with a mess.

  8. View the result in the image window.

  9. If you’re satisfied, click OK to apply the settings and close the dialog box.

    The Replace Color command enables you to replace one color with another.
    The Replace Color command enables you to replace one color with another.