Change Color of
Multiple Objects

You can change color of multiple objects in Photoshop Elements quickly and easily.

This tutorial shows you how to do it. Below is our before and after. As you can see we change all of the blue dots to yellow.

Before and after. We will see how to quickly change all of the blue dots to yellow dots.



Click on the video below to see how easy it is to change color of multiple objects (in this case polka dots) with Photoshop Elements.

Under the video is an illustrated guide explaining the whole process in a written version.




















Step-By-Step Guide To Change
Color Of Multiple Objects


STEP ONE- Duplicate the Background Layer.

We will start with our image open in Photoshop Elements.


Now lets duplicate our Background Layer so we can our make our changes to the duplicate Layer and keep our original version unchanged on the Background Layer.

To duplicate the Background Layer press Command-J on a Mac or Control-J if you're using a Windows PC.

Now in the Layers panel we have an exact duplicate of our Background Layer and it's named Layer 1 by default.






STEP TWO- Set the Foreground Color.

Next we'll set our Foreground Color to the color that we want to change our blue dots to which is yellow.

The Foreground Color is located at the bottom of the Toolbox and is this top square which is currently set to its default color of black.


Click once right on the Foreground Color. When you do the Color Picker dialog box appears.

The Color Picker dialog box.

We can get yellow by by typing 255 in both the Red and the
Green fields
.

Click once inside the Red field which is labeled "R" for Red and
type "255". Then click once inside the Green field located right below the Red field and type "255".

Once you do that you will see at the top of the Color Picker box that the new color is yellow.


Now click "OK" to close the Color Picker and accept the change.


Now we see that our Foreground Color has changed to Yellow.







STEP THREE- Make the Magic Wand Tool Active.

Now we need to select all of the blue dots so we can fill them with our new yellow Foreground Color.

A good tool to use to select a solid color like our blue is the Magic Wand tool.

It's located in the bottom-right corner of the "Select" section of the Toolbox.

But it shares that space with some other selection tools Right now the Quick Selection tool is in that space.

The Quick Selection tool is one of the Tools that shares the bottom-right corner of the Select section of the Toolbox.

To access the Magic Wand tool first click on the Quick Selection tool (or whatever tool is occupying that space).

Click on the tool in the bottom-right corner of the Select section of the Toolbox to make it active.

Go down to the Tool Options and you'll see icons representing the Tools that share that space.

The Tool Options are located near the bottom of the Photoshop Elements window.
There are icons representing the Tools that share that space in the Toolbox. In this example there are five tools but older versions of PSE might have less.

Find the Magic Wand tool which looks like a stick with a big yellow star on the end of it. Click on that icon to make it the active tool.

Click on the Magic Wand icon to make it the active Tool.

Now the Magic Wand tool shows up in that lower-right corner of the Select section in the Toolbox.

We can tell that it's the active tool because it's highlighted with a gray background.

By clicking on the Magic Wand down in the Tool Options it becomes the active Tool in the Toolbox.






STEP Four- Select All the Blue Dots.

Before we use the Magic Wand tool to select all those blue dots we need to change one other setting down in the Tool Options.

It's a box that's labeled "Contiguous".

The Contiguous box (circled in red above) located in the Tool Options.

Contiguous means that it will select everything throughout the image that that is similar in color and tone to the spot where you click with the Magic Wand tool.

But here's the important part: those similar colors have to be connected to or touching the color you click on.

That's a problem for us because our blue dots are spread out throughout the image and none of them are touching each other.

But the solution is easy. All we have to do is turn off Contiguous.

You can tell that Contiguous is turned on because there is a check mark in the box next to it.

All we have to do is click on that box to remove the check mark and the Contiguous option will be turned off. I'll do that now and you can see in the screen shot below that the check mark is gone.

No check mark in the box next to Contiguous means it is turned off.

By turning it off we remove the stipulation that those similar colors have to be connected to or touching the color you click on.

Now the Magic Wand will select everything throughout the image that that is similar in color and tone to the spot where you click with the Magic Wand tool. Even if they don't touch the place where you click.

So let's click on any blue dot in the image.

Click once on any blue dot with the Magic Wand tool.

From just that one click all of the blue dots in the image are selected.

"Marching Ants" around all of the blue dots indicates that they are all selected.






STEP FIVE- Fill the Selection with the Foreground Color.

Since we already changed our Foreground color to yellow and we have all of the blue dots selected all we have to do is fill our selection (the blue dots) with our Foreground Color (yellow).

To do that go up to the Edit menu and choose Fill Selection... by clicking on it.

Choose "Fill Selection..." by clicking on it under the Edit menu.

The "Fill" dialog box appears.


Click on the "Use" field.


From the pop-up list that appears choose Foreground Color by clicking on it.

This tells Photoshop Elements to use the Foreground Color to fill your selection.


Click "OK" to close the dialog box and accept the change.


Now all of the blue dots turn yellow which is exactly what we want.


We're done with our selection so we can deselect by going up to the Select menu and choose Deselect by clicking on it. Or use the keyboard shortcut: Command-D on a Mac or Control-D on a PC.



That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to change color of multiple objects.

Until next time,
Rick Peterson


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