7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 11, 2008 10:28 AM by Jeevs_B

    Use Of Colours

    Jeevs_B
      Hi to all,

      I am a new user to the forum, and was looking to see if anyone would be able to help me. Even though being a user using Fireworks for a very long time there is one aspect which i cannot seem to understand how to do, tried using search engines etc and nothing was accomplished. What i want to know how to do is for example if i have a picture of a car how to i change the actaul colour of the car but keeping the background colour as it is? as i have seen this being done in various car magazines. I am currently using Fireworks 8.

      Thanks to all in advance!! help will be much appreciated!!

      Regards

      Jeevs
        • 1. Re: Use Of Colours
          JoeDaSilva Level 4
          There's lots of ways to do it! One technique I've done, is to make a copy of the car graphic. Now take the eraser tool in bitmap tool panel, select the duplicate car image, and erase everything but the paint surface on the car. Now position the "paint" on top of the original car image.

          With the paint still selected, click the filters panel, then go to Adjust color -> Hue/Saturation.

          Play around with those sliders and that should do it.
          • 2. Re: Use Of Colours
            Level 7
            There are quite a few ways to do what you want.

            Some can use vector masking techniques or (in this case) bitmap
            selection techniques.

            http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=11GwvzOKDa1yJ65JssnD8E9dBoEcCI

            If so:

            1 - use one of the bitmap Lasso tools with the bitmap image as source
            (or Magic Wand if you prefer)

            2 - once the selection is spot-on Cmd + C then CMD + V to Paste a bitmap
            copy of the selection

            3 - Cmd + Shift + A to clear the bitmap selection

            4 - Select tool to select the newly Pasted bitmap fragment (it is now an
            object in its own right and so filters may be applied to it)

            5 - apply a colour change filter (Hue in Hue & Saturation seems neat)

            I added a bit of texture in the GIF above to draw attention to the
            changed bits
            • 3. Re: Use Of Colours
              Level 7
              You can also try the replace color tool. It's not perfect by any means,
              but it can produce some interesting results, without the need for
              selections.

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              • 4. Re: Use Of Colours
                Level 7
                Jeevs_B wrote:

                > What i want to know how to do is for
                > example if i have a picture of a car how to i change the actaul colour of the
                > car but keeping the background colour as it is? as i have seen this being done
                > in various car magazines. I am currently using Fireworks 8.

                IMHO, the easiest way is to trace the outline of the car with the Pen
                tool, make the drawn shape the color you want to change the car to, and
                then apply the Interpolation blend mode to the shape.

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                • 5. Re: Use Of Colours
                  Level 7
                  Well there you go! :)

                  That makes at least three different methods to do what you want to do?

                  And all within a single application.
                  • 6. Re: Use Of Colours
                    Level 7
                    The best approach would depend to a great extent on the image.

                    I found an image of a car and selected most of the painted area with the
                    Magic Wand Tool with a Tolerance of 40 and adding additional areas by
                    holding down the Shift key. Then go to Modify > Convert Marquee to Path.
                    At this point it is easy to tweek the vector shape by dragging/adjusting
                    /adding/deleting points.

                    Select all the vector shapes and use the Interpolation blend mode as
                    Linda suggests.

                    alex



                    Jeevs_B wrote:
                    > Hi to all,
                    >
                    > I am a new user to the forum, and was looking to see if anyone would be able
                    > to help me. Even though being a user using Fireworks for a very long time there
                    > is one aspect which i cannot seem to understand how to do, tried using search
                    > engines etc and nothing was accomplished. What i want to know how to do is for
                    > example if i have a picture of a car how to i change the actaul colour of the
                    > car but keeping the background colour as it is? as i have seen this being done
                    > in various car magazines. I am currently using Fireworks 8.
                    >
                    > Thanks to all in advance!! help will be much appreciated!!
                    >
                    > Regards
                    >
                    > Jeevs
                    >
                    • 7. Re: Use Of Colours
                      Jeevs_B Level 1
                      OMGG, thank you guyss soo much!!! as deebs said there are a number of techniques suggested i will have a good try at it them and inform you of my findings.

                      Thanks again to all of you guys that replied your help has been very much appreciated :)

                      Regards

                      Jeevs