4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 7, 2017 5:56 PM by S_Gans

    Changing color of a traced image

    mosheale000 Level 1

      I used the quick selection tool to extract a person from my image in hopes of creating a silhouette. I tried changing the color with both Photoshop and illustrator but had no luck. Anybody have any idea on how to change the color of a traced image? All help appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Changing color of a traced image
          Mohammad.Harb MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          you can use :

          In Illustrator:  edit -> edit colors -> recolor artwork

          in Photoshop: image ->adjustment -> hue/saturation


          If that did not work, please post a screenshot for the image or share a link for your file.

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          • 2. Re: Changing color of a traced image
            mosheale000 Level 1

            I tried doing that in Photoshop, but I can still see the details in the persons body. Is there any way to make it appear as if it is a silhouette.

            • 3. Re: Changing color of a traced image
              Mohammad.Harb MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Image -> adjustment-> threshold

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              • 4. Re: Changing color of a traced image
                S_Gans Adobe Community Professional

                There are several ways to do this. If you wish to work destructively (in other words, permanently changing pixels), use a Levels adjustment and bring the leftmost and rightmost triangles close to each other near the middle. That'll make all dark colors black, and all light colors white. If there're random light pixels left in the middle, you can paint them with a black brush.


                My preferred method is to select the part you want to be solid black. If your image is close to a silhouette already, then I'd use the Select Menu>Color Range option (click a black, and then, holding shift, drag over all the areas you want selected. When you hit okay, you'll have a selection in the shape of the silhouette. Then, click the New Layer Icon (foldy piece of paper on the bottom of the Layer Panel, and go to Edit>fill to fill your selection with any of the choices in the dialog box drop down menu. This'll put the pixels on their own layer, making them easily changeable. If you end up seeing some of the edges of your original (bottom) layer, you can always add a new layer, drag it between the silhouette and background, and fill that with a different color.


                If you REALLY want to work in a more experienced manner, once you have the selection, instead of making a new layer by hand, make a solid color adjustment layer (you'll find that option in the black/white circle at the bottom of the Layer panel). It'll use your marching ants to make  a mask on a solid color layer. Then, you can double click the non-mask part of the layer to change the colors to your heart's content!


                In my video below - I worked partly destructively. My image was light, so I used Levels to make the apple part darker (on the original layer, since I wasn't going to need it again). Levels needed to be adjusted further right, because of the need for more darkness. I finished off the selection with the Quick Select tool.

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