How to Recolor a Print in Photoshop

How to Recolor a Print in Photoshop

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questionsabout recoloring prints.

Really easy to do in Illustrator.

And can be equally as easy in Photoshop usingIndexed Color.

Indexed color is such a great tool for notonly creating production ready artwork but it’s also a really easy way for designersto reduce colors and create new colorways.

Before you’re able to index your print,make sure your print file is in RGB color mode.

Next, go to Image>Mode>Indexed Color.

Set the palette to Local (Adaptive), and set“Forced” and “Dither” to “None”.

For number of colors, choose the number ofcolors it should be, and preview the result.

Most of the time, you’ll need to add a fewadditional colors into the mix to achieve your desired end result.

And the more painterly and blurred the artwork,the more additional colors your likely to add.

Now, that you’re print is indexed, we canreduce the number of colors and recolor the print.

Go back to the Image menu, to Mode, and thistime, choose “Color Table”.

The color table shows all the colors thatPhotoshop’s found in the print.

You can reduce the number of colors by combiningsimilar colors.

For the print I’m using now, Photoshop foundmultiple colors for the Black ground, but we only need 1 color.

Click each box to show the Color Picker andto change the current color.

I usually type in values to make sure eachcolor I’m changing is the exact same color.

And if you’re uncertain about a color position,try changing it to a high contrast color first to determine where the color shows in theprint.

Once you’ve reduced your colors, convertthe print back to RGB; then, back to Indexed Color again.

This time, the palette will default to “Exact”, and you’ll notice the number of colors has been reduced.

And once your colors are reduced, recoloring is really easy.

Go back to the color table, click on a color,and change it to your new color.

You can even have your Swatches palette open and sample colors from there.

Once you’re done, I always suggest convertingthe final print back to RGB for a smoother appearance, especially if you’re presentingit onscreen.

This method has been SO helpful for me whenI’ve needed to quickly create colorways to show on my CADs.

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