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Old 09-18-2004, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I have CS and one of the tools I looked forward to using was the Color Replacement tool. However, I'm having problems getting it to work properly. Take the image below for example. What I would like to do is replace the white with a different color. Instead, it replaces everything else with the new color and leaves the white there. What am I doing wrong here?



** Note, I'm using the Color Replacement Tool, not the Replace Color feature.

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Re: PhotoShop CS Question
Old 09-18-2004, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You didn't say you selected any part of it but if the rest is affected then you must have. If you have selected go to select>inverse. That should take the background separate. If you haven't selected us Magic Wand to select the background. If it bleeds into the side of his face where the bright highlite is use the history brush to bring it back. Do all this on a separate layer of course.
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Re: PhotoShop CS Question
Old 09-18-2004, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I "thought" with the color replacement tool you didn't have to select anything? Are you sure we're talking about the same tool?
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Old 09-18-2004, 06:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you don't select you will replace every white color, including his face highlight.
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Old 09-18-2004, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No, you're not understanding. It doesn't replace the white at all! It replace their skin, clothes, everything BUT the white?

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Old 09-19-2004, 11:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think Paul is talking about something else. Here is a short example of using the color replacement tool:

Sample of using the tool here

Hope this helps.

However, I believe you may have problem with this image since white is not a color so it may not be able to pick white. Test it on the black shirt first to see what it will do for that example.

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Re: PhotoShop CS Question
Old 10-23-2004, 03:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Brent,
Your not understanding what is being said to you, and your trying to use the wrong tool for the given task. If you want to change the background you need to select it in some manner. The easiest way is with the magic wand once you have all of the white of the background selected fill it with whatever color you want.
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No, I understand perfectly. My question was not how to do it, but rather why the Color Replacement tool didn't do the job because it *was* the right tool to use for what I was wanting to do...however, it doesn't work on white..oh well.

See the images below. The first is the original, the second obviously colored. Took 10 seconds to do this with the Color Replacement tool....would of took forever with the Magic Wand to change the sky to deeper blue and get around all those branches in the tree.



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Re: PhotoShop CS Question
Old 10-27-2004, 09:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Maybe its because it is all white. With a digital image there is no data to work with if there is all white. Maybe that has something to do with it. Just a thought.

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That's exactly it. There has to be color data to work with. Full white and full black do not get affected because those are your brightest highlights and your darkest shadows, two things you really do not want to get rid of! The problem is, the Replace Color feature won't do this either!

If you want a way to do this that works like he was expecting, do this;

1. - Load Image.
2. - Duplicate background layer.
3. - Select background layer.
4. - Create new layer of Solid or Gradient or whatever.
5. - Select the Background Eraser tool.
6. - Select the duplicate layer.
7. - Erase background

To do the hair more easily, set the limits constraint on the Background Eraser tool to DisContiguous.

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