Hellooooo. Caylee here to share what I consider to be one of the handiest techniques in the digital and hybrid scrapper’s arsenal. There are roughly one million advantages to digital supplies, and personalisation is right up there. One of the quickest ways to do this is with recolouring. There are four ways that I use to recolour my digital scrapbooking supplies. In the video I share these four ways and how to do them. Each way is suited to different elements, and it will take some playing around and practise to spot which one suits what. Once you’ve done these a few times, the process is really quick and you get some drastic changes.
I am using Adobe Photoshop CC for this. I have never tried Photoshop Elements, so I’m not sure if it would work exactly the same way, but they are very similar and I’m sure you’ll find one way at least. Now let’s get to those techniques.
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1. Paint Bucket
This is the simplest, and the least likely to be perfect. It’s good for simple graphics and quick shapes. It works exactly like that little bucket in Microsoft Paint used to work.
Since I’m useless at talking over videos, let me explain the Tolerance setting. Simply, determines how closely to match colour. Tolerance = 0 selects only one colour. 255 Tolerance selects all colours. A higher tolerance will select more colour shades, while a lower tolerance will select less. Anti-aliased defines a smooth edge, Contiguous selects only the areas joined together and All Layers selects from all layers.
2. Clipping Masks
Clipping masks are the key to being great at Photoshop, and they work well to change colour. If you have a solid background in a kit that already matches, then it’s absolutely perfect because it also brings texture into play.
3. Colour Overlay
Probably the best recolouring technique because you can get things close to an exact colour.
4. Colour Balance
A more “realistic” recolouring technique, this is used mostly for photos but works well for scrap supplies. This technique is more creative. And by creative I mean, flimsier and less reliable, and involves more playing around.