Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Spicing Up Fruit Color

In this Paint Shop Pro tutorial, a very simple trick will be covered for turning the color of a single object (in this case, a yellow apple) to another color without losing all the wonderful shadows and textures that are already present. Bear in mind that this is just one of several ways to go about this, and that some methods will be better suited than others depending on your particular situation.

Step 1 - Open The Image

Find an image with an object that is more or less a single color, such as a yellow apple. Variations in brightness (also referred to as luminosity) and texture won't matter, so long as the object is pretty much a single color.

Step 2 - Make Your Selection

Depending on the object being used, this is often one of the hardest steps, as you have to go through and make a closed selection of only the areas whose color you want to affect. In the case of an apple though, it is fairly easy. Use the Point-to-Point Bezier drawing tool, and create a series of points around the apple. Play the with Bezier (or the curve, as it is more commonly known) and the points until the curve of your selection matches the outline of your apple.

Step 3 - Swap Material Tool

Use the Swap Material Tool once you have a closed selection (closed meaning the endpoint of your Bezier curve has reached the start point). With red as your background color, click the Swap Material tool once. This will create a flat red color within your selection. This red color exists on a new layer on top, with your original yellow apple intact underneath.

Step 4 - Change The Blend Mode

Next, you will need to adjust the blend mode. Blend modes are a useful tool to familiarize yourself with, as they provide different ways of letting your top layer change your bottom layer. For example, if you were to create a duplicate of your first layer, and set the blend mode for t he new one as "Darkening," it will turn all the brightest spots transparent, while the darkest parts of the top layer will turn into shadows. Since the two layers have identical dark spots, it will have the effect of darkening all the shadows of your image and leaving the rest alone.

In this case, however, you are looking to change the color of your apple from yellow to red. Since the yellow still exists under the flat, red image you have created, this can be achieved with Hue blending mode. Hue encompasses the full range of colors that can be produced. With a perfectly flat, red image, if you set the blending mode to Hue, all the colors underneath it will change to a red color. However, the luminosity and texture of your image will remain the same.

This method may not be the best for every color-swapping situation, but it is a simple and useful one that will get the job done.

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