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Old 02-03-2007, 10:39 AM
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Help with color.

I am new here and new at Element 4. I have been experimenting with colors and am trying to swap the purple of the trees foliages to (snow) white. I don't know how to bring white into a picture. Could someone give me some pointers?
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:24 AM
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Re: Help with color.

The way I would do it would be to select those portions of the image that you want to be white. Since they are now purple, you might use the "Magic Wand" since it selects on color. Remember that you can change the Tolerance to help select what you want and can use the "Add to existing selection" box. Also checking or unchecking the "contiguous" box can often help. The selection brush can also help if your version of PSE has it.

In any event, select the portions of the image that you want to be another color. Do a "control J" which will put the selected area on its own layer with the rest of the image transparent. This is not immediately obvious because the image of the original layer shows through. Click the eye to hide that layer and you will see your selection alone on its layer. Select the transparent area with the magic wand and then "Select Inverse" from the Select drop down menu. You may want to put a "feather" on this selection. Make your Foreground white and use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the selected area with white. Make the lower layer visible again. You may wish to play around with the Opacity of the layer so the white isn't so overwhelming. Also try the blending modes on this layer.

Be sure and make a duplicate of your original image and work on the duplicate. This allows you to discard your work at any time and start again, on a new duplicate. I also usually made a duplicate layer of the background layer when I work. Many things can not be done to a background layer.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-04-2007, 12:41 PM
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Re: Help with color.

Open an image
-Go to Enhance -> Adjust Colors -> Replace Color
-With the eyedropper tool + add as much purple as you wish
-With the Fuzziness do the selection cut off point
-Next click on the Replacement “color square” & with the eyedropper select from
the picture a replacement color.
-In the end play with Hue/Saturation/Lightness to match the style.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:13 PM
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Re: Help with color.

Thanx Cobalt and Cillin. I am playing with both versions on different pictures and will post the out comes.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:45 PM
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Re: Help with color.

If I'm not too late, here is another solution:

- Open Hue/Saturation dialog [Ctrl+U]
- In the dialog's menu select "Edit: Magentas"
- Decrease saturation and increase lightness of the selected range
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:50 PM
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Re: Help with color.

Of course you are not too late. I will take any advices as I can, and am sure I am not the only one.
I do like your enhancement very much. I just played with it for 5 minutes and am amazed by the changes.

Thank you all.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:25 PM
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Re: Help with color.

Here is a quick sample with your method Andrei. Before and after within 5 minutes of adjustments.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:03 PM
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Re: Help with color.

A single Hue Sat adjustment layer can change all the colors. Selecting the magenta channel isolates the trees, the yellow channel isolates the sky, and the Cyan channel isolates the foreground area.
Regards, Murray
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:15 PM
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Re: Help with color.

Thank you all for your help with colors.
I have been playing around and discovered many possibilities that Element 4 is offering. I know there is a lot more.
Here is a small result of my play.
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