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Replace Colour- Shades of Grey only?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 29, 2010

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I can't seem to figure out the Replace Color Function. I am following the instructions, but when I say, replace white with blue, all I get is a darker shade of grey rather than blue. I Opent the Replace Color window, use the eydropper to pick my colour to be replaced, pick a new color at the bottom of the window, but all i get is various shades of Grey. What am I doing wrong?

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Replace Colour- Shades of Grey only?

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I can't seem to figure out the Replace Color Function. I am following the instructions, but when I say, replace white with blue, all I get is a darker shade of grey rather than blue. I Opent the Replace Color window, use the eydropper to pick my colour to be replaced, pick a new color at the bottom of the window, but all i get is various shades of Grey. What am I doing wrong?

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Replace color doesn't work so well on black or white colors.

Try something like this:

1. Make a selection of the white area you want to colorize.

2. Go to Layer>New>Layer via Copy

3. Then Enhance>Adjust Color>Remove Color (desaturate)

4. Then Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color and in the dialog

    choose group with previous and multiply for the blend mode.

color-fill.png

5. Pick your color from the color picker and click ok.

layers.png

Before

house-before-salea.jpg

After

house-before-sale.jpg

If you want more texture or contrast in the area you colorized.

1. Duplicate the desaturated layer (layer 1 above)

2. Move the bottom layer of the desaturated layers to top of

    the layer stack and change the blend mode to multiply.

   Adjust the layer opacity for less contrast.

layers-n.png

house-before-saleb.jpg

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Thanks for that- I was a bit concerned that there was a fault, but it seems just a 'feature'

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This is supposed to be a simple to use feature and I ran into the samea problem. Why does it take my orange (replacement is of black to orange on a vector image) and make it a 50% gray in the first place? By the way, mode is RGB

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Make sure to rasterize your layer by selecting the layer in the Layers panel, right-clicking, and rasterize layer. This should make the Replace Color function available in your Image>Adjustments drop-down selectable.

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Change Image>Mode from Grayscale to RGB Color

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I had a similar problem : replacing the white background of a B&W text. The Magic Wand is not appropriate because the inside of letters is not selected. Since "Replace Color" cannot directly replace white or black by a color, I did the following:

1- mode set to RGB Color.

2- "Replace Color" used to replace "white" by "light grey"

3- "Hue/Saturation" used to replace "light grey" by a dummy color.

4- "Replace Color" used again to replace the dummy color by the wanted color.

Is there an easier procedure I could have used ?

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An easier way would be to put a Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color above the text and change the layer blend mode to Multiply.

 

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