can't change the colour of my image in illustrator

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Hi, I'm struggling to change the colour of my image in illustrator following a tutorial on youtube. I embed the image and then edit, edit colours, convert to grayscale and then go to colour swatches and I should be able to then select the colour I want my image to be but instead of changing the actual image colour it changes the colour of a box behind the image, not sure if its the bounding box, i can only seem to change the colour when i go to edit, edit colours, adjust colour balance which is another way to change the colour but i still want to be able to change the colour via the swatch and im not sure why i cant when i followed the exact steps, if anyone can help, would really appreicate it! thank you! 

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Your image is in a clipping mask and that's what's changing colour here.

If you release the clipping mask (Object > Clipping Mask > Release), can you follow the steps?

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Thank you for responding! I've just done that and i still cant change the colour through the swatches 😞

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You don't seem to have converted to grayscale in these images?

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 yeah its still not working, when i convert to grayscale and then choose a colour from swatches, still not working

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Can you show the layers panel with the image selected, and list the exact steps you took to get to this point?

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dragged my image in, embedded it, edit, edit colours, convert to grayscale, and then ive released clipping mask and when i select colour swatches it still doesnt change the image 

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There are lots of copies of the image listed in the layers. Are any of them stacked on each other?

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what do you mean stacked? how do i tell? yes there other desings on other artboards i need

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I mean on top of one another on the same artboard.

This is difficult to analyse without looking at your file. Can you try the same thing in a new file with a single image and see if you can follow the instructions? If not, can you share a sample file?

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ok so ive opened it up in a brand new file, embed the image, edit , edit colours convert to grayscale and then clicked a colour in the swatches panel and still it colours the background box not the actual image, and you can see the layers panel

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Did you Place the image or copy and paste it from somewhere?

It shouldn't have a clipping path if you place then embed. What kind of file is it?

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ive dragged it from my library, it was created in photoshop

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I'm not sure why, but this method doesn't seem to work on embedded Library items.

Save the image from Photoshop, then add it using File > Place.

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right ok thank you!

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From your screen dumps it looks like you are targeting a clip group.

Try to dig in the layers panel until you have only an item named <image> selected.

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