366 Macro World – Day 20

20/366 – New skill.

Yesterday I taught myself how to crochet. I only know the very basic stitch so far, but I am looking forward to practicing and seeing how far I can go.

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How to change the color of something white in Photoshop

In my Facebook photography groups I often see people asking how to change the color of something in their photo that is white or very pale. Adjusting the hue/saturation usually doesn’t work because there is little or no color to change. However, there is an alternative method that is very quick and simple. This works in both Photoshop and Elements.

Let’s use this adorable picture of baby Mia and change her white headband to match the pink blanket.

colorchange01If you’re already proficient with Photoshop, here are the quick steps:

  1. select the eyedropper tool and click on the pink blanket to select the color you want
  2. add a solid color adjustment layer
  3. change the blend mode to color
  4. invert the mask
  5. select a small soft brush and paint the new color over the white headband
  6. to fine tune the color click on the color fill layer thumbnail

Does all that sound like mumbo-jumbo? Don’t worry! Detailed step-by-step instructions coming right up!

First, select the eyedropper tool:

colorchange02Now click anywhere on the blanket to select the pink color. Try and get a darker shade as that will work better. Next go to your layers panel and add an adjustment layer – click on the circle that is half white and half shaded and choose ‘Solid Color’ from the pop up menu:

colorchange03The image will fill with pink color. That’s ok! Click on ok and your image will now look like this:

colorchange04A new layer with a mask has been added to your layers panel:

colorchange14 The white box with the blue border is the mask. This is what we will use to apply the new color to only the parts of the image that we want to change. But first we need to change the blend mode. Click on the box that says ‘Normal’ and select ‘Color’:

colorchange05Your image will look like this:

colorchange06Pretty funky! Now we’re going to invert the mask, which hides all the color. Press CTRL+I (or CMD+I on a Mac). Your image should look back to normal, and your mask has turned black:

colorchange15That means everything on that layer is currently hidden. So we need to brush the color back on! Select the brush tool:

colorchange07In the tool options at the bottom of the screen click on the ‘Brush Settings’ box and reduce the Hardness to 0:

colorchange08Make sure your foreground color is set to white and your background color is set to black (press D to set the default colors, and press X to switch the foreground and background colors if necessary):

colorchange13Now comes the fun part! Zoom in close to the area you want to change color (a 100% zoom is usually needed). Adjust the size of the brush so it is small enough to fit inside the headband without going over the edges, and carefully paint the new color over the white:

colorchange09If you make a mistake, switch to a black brush (press X) and paint the new color off again. Switch back to a white brush (X) to continue painting color on. When you are done zoom back out to see how it looks!

colorchange10If you decide the color is not quite right, just double-click on the thumbnail of the color layer:

colorchange11This will bring up the color dialog box where you can change the color to anything you want. And you’re done! Here’s the before and after:

colorchange12I’m sure you will agree that it looks very natural, and was simple to achieve :)

2013 Photo-a-day: March

Something a little different this month! The original theme for March was ‘Shapes,’ but towards the end of February, as I started thinking about what I might shoot for that theme, I became worried that the pictures might start to get boring. So I brainstormed for a while, and after remembering this series of photos I had come across a while ago, a new theme was born – ‘Famous Movies Recreated With Tiny Action Figures.’ I knew I could have a lot of fun with that, and ideas immediately flooded my brain! So I gathered four of the most pose-able action figures from my kids’ toy boxes, and the fun began :)

Day 60 - Jurassic Park

Day 60 – Jurassic Park

Day 61 - Titanic

Day 61 – Titanic

Day 62 - Lord of the Rings

Day 62 – Lord of the Rings

Day 63 - Three Men and a Baby

Day 63 – Three Men and a Baby

Day 64 - Jaws

Day 64 – Jaws

Day 65 - Bringing Up Baby

Day 65 – Bringing Up Baby

Day 66 - Superman

Day 66 – Superman

Day 67 - Star Wars: Episode IV

Day 67 – Star Wars: Episode IV

Day 68 - Goldfinger/Octopussy/Licence to Kill/GoldenEye/Skyfall - take your pick :)

Day 68 – Goldfinger/Octopussy/Licence to Kill/GoldenEye/Skyfall – take your pick :)

Day 69 - My Neighbor Totoro

Day 69 – My Neighbor Totoro

Day 70 - Flight of the Pheonix

Day 70 – Flight of the Pheonix

Day 71 - Finding Nemo

Day 71 – Finding Nemo

Day 72 - Honey I Blew Up the Kid

Day 72 – Honey I Blew Up the Kid

Day 73 - Splash

Day 73 – Splash

Day 74 - Top Gun

Day 74 – Top Gun

Day 75 - Up

Day 75 – Up

Day 76 - Life of Pi

Day 76 – Life of Pi

Day 77 - Robin Hood (Wedding scene)

Day 77 – Robin Hood (Wedding scene)

Day 78 - Big

Day 78 – Big

Day 79 - The Poseidon Adventure

Day 79 – The Poseidon Adventure

Day 80 - How to Train Your Dragon

Day 80 – How to Train Your Dragon

Day 81 - The Cat in the Hat

Day 81 – The Cat in the Hat

Day 82 - The Blair Witch Project

Day 82 – The Blair Witch Project

Day 83 - Black Beauty

Day 83 – Black Beauty

Day 84 - Anaconda

Day 84 – Anaconda

Day 85 - Tarantula!

Day 85 – Tarantula!

Day 86 - Lawnmower Man

Day 86 – Lawnmower Man

Day 87 - Snakes On a Plane

Day 87 – Snakes On a Plane

Day 88 - The Ten Commandments

Day 88 – The Ten Commandments

Day 89 - Back to the Future

Day 89 – Back to the Future

Day 90 - Harvey

Day 90 – Harvey