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How To Use Photoshop’s Solid Color Fill To Change The Hue Of An Object

At first glance, the Solid Color Fill seems like it just simply applies a solid color as a mask to a layer. But by using a mix of selections and blending modes, we can utilize it to change the color of a given area for any object. For this example, we’ll be using this tool to change the uniform color of a rugby player.


1. Isolate the area you want to apply the mask to.
This effect works best when you’re working with an area that is consistently the same color. So for this tutorial, we’ll be using a selection tool (in this case the Quick Selection Tool) to make a selection that contains every green portion of the player’s jersey.



2. Apply a Solid Color Fill layer.
With the image layer selected, click the adjustment layer icon (the half-shaded circle at the bottom of the Layers panel). A dropdown menu should open. From there, click “Solid Color…”



3. Select a color for the Solid Color Fill layer.
A new layer should be created on top of your original image. Click the color box on the right of the layer to open a Color Picker window. Here, you can select the final color you want the selection to change to or use the eyedropper to sample from the image. Click “OK” to apply this change.



4. Change the Blend Mode.
The color layer will normally fill the selection area with a solid color. However, by selecting an appropriate blend mode, you can overlay this color on top of the brightness values of the original image. Cycle through the various blend modes by using the blend mode dropdown menu or by holding shift and hitting the “+” and “-“ keys. Once you find one that accomplishes the effect you’re going for, you can adjust the intensity of the effect by moving the opacity slider.

 

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