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How to change the color of something in Photoshop using Hue

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to change the color of stuff. So we're going to change the green, and make it pink. Then, actually pick any color we like. Same with this one here, we've got red shoes already. Green shoes. All right, it's super quick, it's super easy. We're going to use the Hue & Saturation Adjustment panel. Let's do it now in Photoshop. 

To get started let's open up two files. They're in the same color folder we've been working in. Open up 'Hue 01' and 'Hue 02'. With Hue 01 open, let's go to 'Adjustments', and to change the color, we use this one called Hue & Saturation, click on him. What we want to do is, under Hue, this Hue slider here, grab this little, I call it little house, white house. The little arrow thing there, click it, hold it, and drag it left. And slowly but surely, see the colors updating. Cool, huh? Drag it all the way to the right as well. That will be through your full range of colors that are available. 

One thing you might do-- I'm going to pick any sort of color here. The other one you might play around with is Saturation. So the colors are not quite poppy enough for you. Click, hold, and drag it up a little bit. I'm going to max mine out, goes a bit too high but you can kind of see, I can just raise it up a little bit. And I want to do the same thing for-- this is the one we worked on earlier for Levels, Hue 02. Do the same thing, open up Hue & Saturation. Drag it around, see if you can change the color. Nice and easy, and fun. 

Just a little side note here. I've worked on a few jobs where I've been in charge of photographing, say a product, let's say it was glasses, so we photographed, there was the same style, but a range of colors. So what we did is we-- well, what everyone does is that you photograph kind of one of them, so we picked the color red, and we photographed it. We get the right angles, and we tried a few things of lighting. We get it right, and instead of--

Now if you're on Amazon or eBay and you're going through the different color options, and somehow magically that shared all those glasses, or they're in the exact same position, but different colors, and you're like, "How did they line those up, and photograph them all perfectly?" They didn't. It was somebody like me who went, "Yeah, let's just do one," and later on, in Photoshop, I'll go and adjust them. And I just sit-- like I said, there were the glasses, I went "They are the blue color," then I grabbed this slider, and went and, with the blue color, and I'll be looking at the glasses in my hand, and looking at Photoshop and going, "Yes, it's close enough." And it was that--

It's like, I felt like it was a confession. But that's the easy and quick way. Color matching is super hard regardless, you know, lighting and stuff affected. And if you're like me, had no budget, and just needed to get him done, it's a quick and easy way to adjust the Hue. So practice with Hue 02, and I will see you in the next video where we'll start looking at selectively adjusting Hue. I'll explain more in the next video.