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Task: Replace Color

To make the change apply to every instance of the color you’re replacing, make sure nothing is selected. If you only want to change a single flower, area, or object, select it.

Choose Enhance, Adjust Color, Replace Color. You’ll see the dialog box in Figure 12.12. You can work in Mask mode (Selection) or Image mode. In Mask mode, a black mask appears over the areas of the image that you don’t want to replace. Partially masked areas indicate those regions that will be only partially replaced with the new color. The unmasked areas (shown in white) indicate the parts of the image that match the foreground color to the degree you specify. At any time, you can remove the mask and look at the entire image by clicking Image. This helps you verify that all the areas you do not want to affect are masked.

Figure 12.12. The mask covers the areas that won’t be affected.

Using the first eyedropper, click in the document window on the color you want to change. The mask in the sample window changes to mask just the areas that don’t match the color you clicked on. If the sample is not the midrange of the color you want to change, try again.

Use the plus eyedropper to select additional colors or shades of the same color to change. Elements adjusts the mask based on your selections. Use the minus eyedropper to deselect colors you don’t want to change.

You can use the Fuzziness slider to control the sensitivity of the range of colors masked, in the same way you’d use Tolerance to control the sensitivity of the Magic Wand. As you move the slider, you’ll see more or less of your mask. Higher Fuzziness numbers are more tolerant.

When you’re ready to replace the unmasked areas with another color, move the Hue slider right or left to locate the new color. You’ll be able to see it in the sample swatch. Modify it with the saturation and lightness sliders until it’s just what you want. Click OK.

The new color will replace the old one in the areas you have selected.

Well, okay, maybe it’s not all that complicated. I think I’d use my method for changing a single selection, and Photoshop’s method for globally changing, let’s say, all the yellows to pinks. For the most realistic look, go through the process several times, changing some of the yellows to pinks at each pass, but each time selecting slightly different ones. Figure 12.13 shows my final daisies, gone from yellow to red-orange.



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