There are soooo many ways to recolor things... we won't cover them ALL here, but we will cover the basics and get you experimenting. :)
Now... I have used a number of recoloring techniques on this layout and will cover them all. The techniques I didn't use, I will cover seperately in a few minutes. Here are the main pieces I started with...
1. For my photo editing... you can see my Photo Blending III - Photo Effects tutorial on secrets to getting great effects on your photo... here I actually used an action that I made... (keep an eye out for that! Don't worry... I'll tell you when and where you can find it very soon.) :)
*CHANGING COLORS USING BLENDING:
2. Now... I started with the gray paper. I REALLY liked the subtle and elegant pattern on it... it just seemed to go with the mood of the photo. But the color just wasn't right. I really liked the color of this paper from the same kit, but it only came in a solid:
So... I needed to merge them. In order to simply change the color but keep the pattern... I placed the gray patterned paper on my layout... then I placed my peach paper on top of it and changed it's blending mode to Color. This allowed the color of the peach paper to stay in place but allowed the pattern of the gray paper beneath to show through.
Now... keep in mind that sometimes the blending mode of Color works for this, but sometimes, Luminosity may work better. It depends on the 2 papers you're mixing together. Also, keep in mind that it will not be the exact color after the merge... it will probably be a little lighter... but you can always play with the Variations to get the look you want... (more on that below). There are also TONS of possiblites with altering the colors of paper using your blending modes... i'll show some more examples at the end of this tutorial that might help.
Also, keep in mind that just as with photos... you can get ALL KINDS OF different effects using blending modes and papers. Don't be afraid of experimenting here. I've blended as many as 6 or 7 papers into each other before to pick up texture from some and color from others. Just place a piece of paper on top of one and see what you get. Be careful though... it can get quite addicting. :)
CHANGING COLORS USING VARIATIONS:
1.) Now... I liked the brown color of the paper I used to clip to my "ATTENTION" title, but I felt it looked a tad washed out when I got it on there. A simple "darkening" using my Variations easily fixed that. On your top menu, choose Image, then choose Adjustments and then choose Variations.
2.) When your Variations box pops up... you can determine how you want to change the color. I simply wanted to keep my paper here the same color... I just wanted to make it darker. So I set it to right in the middle of Fine----Corse, chose Midtones, (which applys your changes to the item overall) and clicked the very bottom right one... this darkened it for me.
Here is the before and after:
CHANGING THE COLOR OF WORD ART:
Now... on this layout, I used a word art and wanted to add some punch to it. I used the Paint Bucket tool. (You can also use the Color Overlay feature for changing the color of word art, but since I wanted more that one color on this one, I used the Paint Bucket tool. For more information on using the Color Overlay feature, see steps 2 & 3 of the Turning Elements into Stickers tutorial.)
Here is the word art I started with:
1.) Choose your Paint Bucket tool from your tools palette as shown below:
4.) Now, let's choose our color. I usually choose a color directly from my photo. To do that, click on your Foreground Color box as shown below:
5.) When your Color Picker box comes up, simply click on a color from your photo that you like (in my case... I like the color of her shirt). It will automatically pull that color from your photo and change your Foreground Color to match perfectly. Then just click ok.
6.) Ok... now, (making sure your word art layer is active) use your Paint Bucket tool and click on each circle/letter you want to be that color.
7.) Now, click on your Foreground Color box again and choose another color from your photo and do the same thing. Again... here is our finished result:
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