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Tutorial 1

How to change colors in part of an image

In this tutorial, we will show you how to select areas and change the colors of the water lilies from dark red to purple.



Part I: Select the area to change*
* Skip to Part II if you have already selected the area.

  1. We start with Figure 10.01.1 below. You may right click and save this image to your disk, then open it in Image Broadway if you want to practice it yourself while following the tutorial steps below. You may also right click on this image and copy it to the Clipboard and use the Image Broadway File > Clipboard menu to paste it in as a new image. Optionally, you may click the Navigator tab to display the Navigator window and use its slider bar to zoom in and out; or you may click the Info tab to display the exact pixel color and cursor information in the Info window.

    Figure 10.01.1

  1. Since the image frame has the same dark red color as found inside the water lilies, you should exclude the frame from our area selection. First, use the Rectangle Selection Tool to roughly mark the general area that encompasses the two water lilies. The result is as shown in Figure 10.01.2 below.

    Figure 10.01.2

  1. Use the Select > By Color menu to open the Select By Color dialog box and select Intersect* as shown in Figure 10.01.3.

    Figure 10.01.3

    * The Intersect option lets you select the overlapping areas that are inside the rectangle and in dark red color. For more detailed explanation about this selection and other selections, please refer to the Online Help menu Selections and Path, Combine Multiple Selections topic.

  2. Select the Pick a color menu from the Color pulldown menu in the dialog box (reselect it if already selected) and use the Pick a Color Tool to pick the dark red color from the lilies*. Click the Apply button, you should see the dark red areas inside the water lilies marked by marching ants.

    Figure 10.01.4

    * Repeat the first two steps in Paragraph 4 above if you would like to pick a different color.

  3. Optionally, you can select the desired Fuzziness and Feather settings. Try different settings to see what they look like until you are satisfied.

    Part II: Change selection colors*
    If you would like to know how to select an area, go to Part I.

  4. Use the Edit > Fill menu to open the Fill dialog box as shown in Figure 10.01.5. Select the Select color option and click on the color box next to it to select the new color.

    Figure 10.01.5

  5. Select Normal in the Blend mode pulldown menu and click OK to replace the color in the selected areas as shown in Figure 10.01.6.

    * The Color mode option is what you should be using for replacing colors. For more detailed explanation about the Color mode and other options, please refer to the Online Help menu Painting, Retouching, Drawing, and Using Text, Blending Mode and Opacity topics.

    Figure 10.01.6