28 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2018 10:09 AM by Mark Sand

    Change Colour

    trevsy Level 1

      I have several pieces of artwork which are all in original black.  I was shown how to change the colour by a close friend but he has sadly passed away.

       

      I vaguely remember it's done with the layers, where one of them is the new colour desired.

       

      Would someone please tell me how to do this.

       

      Many thanks.

        • 1. Re: Change Colour
          hatstead Adobe Community Professional

          trevsy  wrote

           

          I have several pieces of artwork which are all in original black.  I was shown how to change the colour by a close friend but he has sadly passed away.

           

          I vaguely remember it's done with the layers, where one of them is the new colour desired.

           

          Would someone please tell me how to do this.

           

          Many thanks.

           

          It would help if you post one of the b/w photos so that we may provide appropriate directions. You can  do that via the "Insert Image" icon at the top of the reply box here on the forum.

          • 2. Re: Change Colour
            trevsy Level 1

            Here’s the example of Black Artwork that I want to change to a colour (on this occasion I want a Christmassy Green).

            • 3. Re: Change Colour
              Mark Sand Level 4

              trevsy  wrote

               

              Here’s the example of Black Artwork that I want to change to a colour (on this occasion I want a Christmassy Green).

              Where is the picture? DId you do "Insert Image"?

              insert image.jpg

              • 4. Re: Change Colour
                trevsy Level 1

                Here it is again (jpeg) do you need another format?

                • 5. Re: Change Colour
                  Mark Sand Level 4

                  Still don't have it.

                  Another method to put it in a forum reply is to open the picture in PSE, select it, copy it the clipboard, and paste into the reply.

                  • 6. Re: Change Colour
                    Mark Sand Level 4

                    As to the "Insert Image" method you should first get this:

                    sshot-1.jpg

                     

                    Click Browse to navigate to your picture where you double-click it (or click Open button).

                    This places the file name next to the Browse button. Then click Insert Image.

                     

                    sshot-2.jpg

                    • 7. Re: Change Colour
                      hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                      Note that you can not insert an image via an e-mail reply and have it show up here.. Use the process delineated above via the forum page.

                      • 8. Re: Change Colour
                        trevsy Level 1

                        Here it is in Photoshop Elements I hope I’ve got it right this time!

                        • 9. Re: Change Colour
                          hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                          trevsy  wrote

                           

                          Here it is in Photoshop Elements I hope I’ve got it right this time!

                          Nothing shows up.

                          Perhaps someone can help you to post here.

                          We look forward to your progress.

                          • 10. Re: Change Colour
                            Mark Sand Level 4

                            The methods described above should have worked. Did you get any error message?

                            Alternatively you can upload your file to one of the many file-sharing services.

                            One of these is sendspace. It is free for a simple upload and you don't have to set up an account.

                            https://www.sendspace.com/

                             

                            This initially comes up:

                             

                            After you have selected your file this comes up:

                             

                            Click Upload which brings up this:

                            Click Copy Link, and paste the link into your next forum reply.

                            Readers of this forum can then download your picture to to their PC.

                            • 11. Re: Change Colour
                              trevsy Level 1

                              Sorry everyone, I’m just so confused by all the suggestions you’ve Kindly sent, I’ll have to give up on this.  (I don’t get an error message).

                              • 12. Re: Change Colour
                                hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                There is no need to invoke a third party file sharing service in order to display a picture on the forum.

                                Try this:

                                 

                                1. Place the b/w image in a folder on your desktop
                                2. Click on the "Insert Image" icon at the top of the reply box (it is the 7th one from the left)
                                3. In the dialog that comes up click on "Choose File"
                                4. Navigate to the b/w image on the desktop, left click on the image, and left click on "Open"
                                5. In the dialog that is open click on "Insert Image" (lower right locus)
                                6. That should do it!
                                • 13. Re: Change Colour
                                  trevsy Level 1

                                  Is this right (the actual A/W is inside the folder).

                                  • 14. Re: Change Colour
                                    hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                    trevsy  wrote

                                     

                                    Is this right (the actual A/W is inside the folder).

                                    You can place the picture file on the desktop if that is easier for you.

                                    • 15. Re: Change Colour
                                      Mark Sand Level 4

                                      I had previously described the "Inert Image" method, and also the copy/paste method, but apparently trevsy couldn't get either to work.

                                      That is why I suggested the fille-sharing, so that we can at least see the picture and make suggestions.

                                      • 16. Re: Change Colour
                                        hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                        ok

                                        • 17. Re: Change Colour
                                          trevsy Level 1

                                          I'm now getting desperate to do this conversion.   At last I've found how to get the image to you.  Please try and tell me how to do the conversion to a colour.

                                           

                                          border.jpg

                                          • 18. Re: Change Colour
                                            trevsy Level 1

                                            I'm now getting desperate to do this conversion.   At last I've found how to get the image to you.  Please try and tell me how to do the conversion to a colour.  (I've also sent it to hatstead).

                                             

                                            border.jpg

                                            • 19. Re: Change Colour
                                              hatstead Adobe Community Professional
                                              1. Open the border file
                                              2. Duplicate the background layer and shut off its visibility by clicking its eye icon in the layers palette. Work on background copy layer
                                              3. Go to Enhance menu>Brightness/contrast and increase contrast to maximum and decrease brightness.
                                              4. Set foreground color chip to green with the color picker
                                              5. Activate the Magic wand tool, and on the tool's option bar uncheck "Contiguous" and set tolerance=15
                                              6. Left click on the central white area and hit delete on the keyboard
                                              7. Open a Color fill adjustment layer above the background copy layer and group the two layers (Press CTRL+G)

                                              border_2.png

                                              • 20. Re: Change Colour
                                                trevsy Level 1

                                                Sorry to come back with more problems.  I've tried what you say but, because I'm on PSE 8 ( I know it's very old) but I can't find the various tools/actions.  Can you help me using my PSE 8?

                                                • 21. Re: Change Colour
                                                  hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                                  The directions are for PSEv.8.

                                                  Where is the problem? Please be specific.

                                                  • 22. Re: Change Colour
                                                    trevsy Level 1

                                                    Thanks it sounds good, so if you can tell me where to look for those last tools - OK, yes, I’m really stupid!

                                                    • 23. Re: Change Colour
                                                      hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                                      trevsy  wrote

                                                       

                                                      Thanks it sounds good, so if you can tell me where to look for those last tools - OK, yes, I’m really stupid!

                                                      The Magic Wand tool is fourth from the top in the left column.

                                                      • 24. Re: Change Colour
                                                        Mark Sand Level 4

                                                        I had previously posted another method, but when I look today the post has mysteriously disappeared.

                                                        Here it is again:

                                                        Add a Solid Color Fill layer and choose your color.

                                                        Set the layer's Blend Mode to Screen.

                                                        To change to a different color double-click the thumbnail in the Layers Palette to bring up the Color Picker.

                                                         

                                                        Note that if the background is not pure white (RGB 255,255,255) it will also change color.

                                                         

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                                                        • 25. Re: Change Colour
                                                          trevsy Level 1

                                                          The problem (for me) is that I don’t know where the PSE items are for the final conversion.

                                                          • 26. Re: Change Colour
                                                            hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                                                            I don’t have a clue what you are converting. If you desire meaningful input you  should provide more information.

                                                             

                                                            Sent from my iPad

                                                            • 27. Re: Change Colour
                                                              trevsy Level 1

                                                              I’m trying to convert the Black on White artwork (as sent in earlier post) into a colour using Photoshop Elements.  I can get as far as the end, with the three layers, and the centre layer with the colour on it, the top one being the original B&W artwork and a lower one.

                                                              It’s the final part where I need to do the actual conversion, with the colour over the border instead of over the white background.  It’s finding the ‘Blend’ function etc. I need to know where it is.

                                                              • 28. Re: Change Colour
                                                                Mark Sand Level 4

                                                                I think you are mixing the two entirely different methods.

                                                                The first is hatstead's (msg #19).

                                                                The other is mine (msg #24).

                                                                The only reference to "Blend" is in mine.

                                                                 

                                                                Have you tried my method?

                                                                FYI, the Blend Mode is the pull-down list in the Layers Palette. The default is Normal.

                                                                In my example I changed it to Screen.