So this may be my absolute favorite way to change the color of images in Photoshop + Picmonkey. I use this for a lot of my artwork, clip art, and image that I use and want to change the colors of when I don’t have the vector file for them. Of course, you have WAY more color control with vector files, but when you’re dealing with hand-painted artwork the vector files are usually non-existent.
So, without further adieu, here is how to change the color of your artwork using the Hue / Saturation method in Photoshop.
1. Open your document. File / Open. I’m going to be updating one of my premade logos.
2. Then navigate to the layer you want to change the color of. Highlight that layer.
3. In your Layers Panel, click the half black / white circle to see all of your image adjustment options. Choose the Hue /Saturation option.
4. That will create a Hue / Saturation layer. The Hue / Saturation box will appear. Drag the Hue & Saturation sliders until you get a color you’re happy with. NOTE: Over-saturation can lead to poor image quality. I dragged the Hue slider to the right to get a bluer green.
5. Now everything under the Hue / Saturation layer is affected by the Hue / Saturation change. If you only want the Hue / Saturation change to affect the layer you originally selected, use the clipping mask tool. Here’s a tutorial on how to use a clipping mask in Photoshop.
6. Since I wanted to change the color of both laurels, I added another hue / saturation adjustment layer by following the same steps again… selecting the second laurel layer, clicking the black / white circle to create a Hue / Adjustment layer, then using the clipping mask again.
And here is how to do the same thing in the free photo editor, Picmonkey. Easy Peasy!
1. Go to Picmonkey.com. Select the design option to get started.
3. Click the Butterfly Icon on the left to upload an image overlay. Choose “Your Own” at the very top to upload the image you want to edit.
4. With the image you uploaded selected, you will see a dialog box to adjust your image color. Slide the slider until you’re happy with the color. The results are not as vibrant as changing the color in Photoshop, but it works!
5. Click Save to save your image with the settings you desire.
Viola! Now, go on and get busy getting those colors just the way you want em. :)