5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2009 11:19 AM by (capitaine_cap) RSS

    Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?

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      Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5? I'm doing exactly what the Help says and it just does nothing. I'm just trying to remove the white sky from a photo. I've tried both the Background Swatch option and the Sampling once option.

      anu ideas?
        • 1. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
          Mark Sand Community Member
          Assuming your Color Replacement tool works the same as in my PSE2, the tool simply does not work on white or black. You said you want to remove the white sky; are you trying to make it transparent or replace with a sky color? You might try the Magic Wand tool to select it.
          • 2. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
            Community Member
            oh.. wish the Help mentioned that!! Thanks, that is annoying..

            Am trying to replace with a sky colour, so will try the Magic Wand

            thx
            • 3. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
              Mark Sand Community Member
              Here's how to create your own sky using a gradient:

              1. Add a new empty layer.
              2. Set the foreground/background colors to dark and light blue.
              3. Select the sky using the Magic Wand or other tools.
              4. Activate the Gradient tool with the options Linear Gradient and Foreground-to-Background.
              5. Draw the gradient vertically from top to bottom of selection. The degree of the gradient transition depends on the start and end point of the gradient, so you might have to redraw it until you get the result you want.
              http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1KXu3NLD9w0ZKA5ZSxd8QPH018fl1

              Note that you don't really need to draw the gradient on a new layer; it can be directly on the picture layer. However, I wanted to demonstrate that the gradient is solid and wipes out any clouds. If you draw the gradient on a new layer you can then change the layer's blending mode to other than the default of Normal; some of these modes will preserve the clouds and existing light variations to give some interesting results.
              • 4. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                Mark Sand Community Member
                If you do create a solid sky you might want to add some clouds for interest. You can find some very realistic cloud brushes at the Adobe Photoshop Exchange:
                http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange
                Enter "clouds" in the Search box. You can also do a Google search for "Photoshop clouds brush" or similar.

                Here is an example using a variety of cloud brushes:
                http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1onw2KNfuyS47Y978qlmEf0xaGrOe1
                In order to place the clouds behind the lighthouse and trees I first selected the sky, inverted the selection, and did a copy/paste to create Layer 1. I then painted the clouds on the Background layer.
                • 5. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                  Community Member
                  thanks a lot Mark, will try this out