How to Change the Color of a Selection in Photoshop CS5


Selections in Adobe Photoshop CS5 provide an added level of customization on top of that which you can already achieve with levels. Selections can be created based upon color, shape, paths and several other tools, and they can be edited and isolated independently of everything else that is included on a layer. This versatility allows you to easily perform actions on a selection that might otherwise require a degree of layer separation that you do not want to or are not able to perform. This includes the ability to change the color of a selection in Photoshop CS5 without changing the color of the rest of the layer. This makes it easy to adjust the appearance of one layer element without having to redesign everything else on that layer.

 

How to Fill a Selection with Color in Photoshop CS5

 

One nice thing about using the selection utility in this manner is that the selection itself does not need to be only one color. By using the rectangular marquee tool, for example, you could change the color for an entire area, despite the fact that your selection might include multiple layer objects that were originally different colors. This ability gives you an added level of creativity that frees you to design outside of color and shape restrictions.

Begin learning how to change the color of a Photoshop selection by opening your Photoshop file in Photoshop.

Click the layer containing the object you want to select, then use one of the selection tools to select the layer object that you want to re-color. For example, in the image below, I have used the magic wand tool to select the red brush stroke.

make your selection in photoshop

 

Click Edit at the top of the window, then click the Fill option.

click Edit, then click Fill

 

Click the drop-down menu to the right of Use, then click the Color option.

how to change the color of a selection in photoshop cs5

 

Choose the color that you want to replace your selection with, then click the OK button.

You will note that there is a Blending section at the bottom of the window where you can specify the mode and opacity of your fill color. For example, if you wanted to apply a color but give the appearance that the colors were mixed, you could set the opacity to 50%. You can experiment with opacity and mode combinations to come up with some pretty interesting effects.

 

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