Photoshop Replace Color

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Mar 21, 2022 Mar 21, 2022

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I am trying to replace a color in photoshop but when I use the eyedroper tool to change it the color is coming out wrong and brown. 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

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Mar 21, 2022 Mar 21, 2022

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Hi!

What version of Photoshop are you using? And are you on a Mac or Windows machine?

I've watched the video, and I can't see if the layer that you are on--is it a smart object?  Does this happen on other files?

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Mar 21, 2022 Mar 21, 2022

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When sampling a color with the eyedropper, make sure that the active layer is the layer that has the color you want to sample.

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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I would recommend not to waste time on »Replace Color« and try to avoid destructive approaches when possible. 

 

Have you tried using Solid Color Layers or Adjustment Layers instead? 

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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Hi @cloeh45292187 ,

 

Thanks for the screen recording.

 

You don't need to pre-select the colour.

 

You are doing eveything correctly from what I can see. When you selected the replace colour though, I notcied you clieked on the reddish brown colour (0:25s). This is where you would need to click on blue. 

 

Here's a tutorial from Adobe is you need some further help. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/replace-colors.html

 

Let us know how oyu go.

mj

 

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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Another point that often seems to trip up people is that the feature is intended to colorize elements in an image, so the original luminance can have an »unexpected« effect. 

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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That's right, and it should be mentioned here because people who use "replace color" tend to have unrealistic expectations of what this tool does.

 

In Photoshop, "color" has a narrower meaning than it has in everyday language.

 

In Photoshop, the color component is strictly separate from the luminance component. It has to be, otherwise color blend mode would just be normal blend mode, and painting in color blend mode would just be normal opaque painting.

 

The Color Replacement tool has to follow the same rules. If it didn't, it would just be a normal paintbrush. So if you use it on, say, a dark purple, intending to replace it with yellow, the resulting color will be a very dark greenish olive.

 

But what it all boils down to is that the Color Replacement tool is, well, a waste of time. It's a totally useless tool that experienced users avoid at all costs. Most of us will just remove it from the toolbar altogether. The proper way to do it is with masked adjustment layers.

 

 

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