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Nov 18, 2012

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I have a jpeg file loaded into Photoshop CS6. This is a black logo on a white background. The colour replacement tool has no effect on this (I want to change the black to another colour)

I have read somewhere that the tool doesnt work with black and white? is that correct and if so, how do i get the colour changed

Thanks

Chris Anderson

Hi Cjacs,

You may try using blending modes to achieve your desired result. Starting with a black and white logo:

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.07 PM.png

1) Create a new fill layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.24 PM.png

2) At the first dialog box, click OK. Then choose the color you want the artwork to be.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.43 PM.png

3) You logo artwork will then be hidden, but don't worry! We'll using blending modes to change this.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

4) In the Layers Panel, look for the area where it says "Normal." This is where you change the blend mode. Open this dropdown menu and select Screen.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.09 PM.png

5) Your artwork will then be changed to the color you chose before.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.14 PM.png

I hope this was helpful! Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if this did not solve your issue.

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Colour replacement tool not working

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I have a jpeg file loaded into Photoshop CS6. This is a black logo on a white background. The colour replacement tool has no effect on this (I want to change the black to another colour)

I have read somewhere that the tool doesnt work with black and white? is that correct and if so, how do i get the colour changed

Thanks

Chris Anderson

Hi Cjacs,

You may try using blending modes to achieve your desired result. Starting with a black and white logo:

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.07 PM.png

1) Create a new fill layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.24 PM.png

2) At the first dialog box, click OK. Then choose the color you want the artwork to be.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.43 PM.png

3) You logo artwork will then be hidden, but don't worry! We'll using blending modes to change this.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

4) In the Layers Panel, look for the area where it says "Normal." This is where you change the blend mode. Open this dropdown menu and select Screen.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.09 PM.png

5) Your artwork will then be changed to the color you chose before.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.14 PM.png

I hope this was helpful! Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if this did not solve your issue.

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Hi Cjacs,

You may try using blending modes to achieve your desired result. Starting with a black and white logo:

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.07 PM.png

1) Create a new fill layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.24 PM.png

2) At the first dialog box, click OK. Then choose the color you want the artwork to be.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.07.43 PM.png

3) You logo artwork will then be hidden, but don't worry! We'll using blending modes to change this.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

4) In the Layers Panel, look for the area where it says "Normal." This is where you change the blend mode. Open this dropdown menu and select Screen.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.02 PM.png

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.09 PM.png

5) Your artwork will then be changed to the color you chose before.

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 2.08.14 PM.png

I hope this was helpful! Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if this did not solve your issue.

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Hi,

Many many thanks for that detailed reply.

I am going to try it out later today

Thanks again, much appreciated

Chris

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this only changed the image color to a screen of the color I selected. I realize you used 'Screen' but will any of those options change it to 100% of the new color?

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Please post the image you are talking about.

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For anyone coming from Google this doesn't work in the latest version of Photoshop.

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I have read somewhere that the tool doesnt work with black and white?

Check out the Options Bar – what »Mode« is the Color Replacement Tool set to?

»Color« and »Luminance« are different aspects and cannot be edited with the Tool simultaneously.

So true black could either be changed to something lighter with »Luminance« but the darkest version of any color (in the sense of a combination of hue and saturation) is still black indeed.

But ultimately the question is pretty much moot because the tool is useless for serious, non-destructive work anyway – in my opinion at least.

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The Color Replacement tool is not an appropriate choice when the existing color (black)  has zero luminosity.

Another option, in addition to CP's fine approach is to use Image > Adjustments Hue/Saturation.

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Note that Colorize has been checked and the sliders have been adjusted. Hue does not provide a precise designated color.

For that you may make a selection of the black part of the image, then Edit > Fill with the Foreground color, and blending mode set to Normal.

Wow! I just realized this inquiry is six years old!

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Another option with black/white images is to apply a colour overlay effect

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