How to Edit Photos: Changing Colors

Even the most amateur photographer will try experimenting with the coloring scheme of the photos by using different techniques to edit photos and change the color tone of them. Changing photo colors can cases enhance the photo to a great extent. As a beginner in changing colors in photo, you can start with either a black and white photo or a photo with high level of colour and saturation. Here is a step-by-step approach to it.

Step 1- Open a Photo

Browse your system and open up a photo, in which you want to make the change. Make a copy of it and work on the copied image. This will keep your original photo intact, even if you falter in your initial attempt of changing colour.

Step 2- Go to Adjustment Option

Next, go to the Image option on the horizontal menu bar on the top and then to "Adjustments". If you want to turn your photo into Black and White, then go to the 'Desaturate' option and click on it. In order to have the proper contrast level, you can go to the Brightness and Contrast tool. Scroll through these bars until you achieve the perfect contrast level. There is also an "Auto Contrast" option. You can try it out during the initial stages.

Step 3- Go to Hue and Saturation

If you want to have an absolute control over the colour or want to have specific hue adjustments, then you need to go to the Hue and Saturation tool. Go to Tools option and then scroll down to "Colour Tools" and then select "Hue and Saturation". The saturation levels of the images drastically change by effective application of this tool. In order to have bright colours, increase the level of saturation. If you want to have black and white effect then the level of saturation needs to be minimized to 'zero'.Now, you can experiment with the slider settings to attain different color effects. By moving the strollers of Hue, Saturation and Lightnes, the original color of the photo can be manipulated with some other colour of your choice.

Step 4- Replace Colour

If you want to change colour of a particular area in the picture, then you have specific means to that too. First, isolate the area, where you want to bring the changes, from the other parts of the image. Select the area, Then go to "Adjustments" and then to "Replace Colour" option. The pipette + and pipette - buttons in Replace Color window lying above the Fuzziness scroll can be used to exclude and include colours. You can also use the 'eyedropper' tool to select specific shades from the image and replace the color of the desired area. The 'fuzziness' tool needs to be adjusted to expand the selection of colours.

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