Best Way To Turn BLACK Into ANY COLOR in Photoshop [Including White!]

Are you having trouble changing the color
of an object from black to something else in Photoshop? The problem with changing black into any other
color is that you need a lot of control over the brightness and contrast. Unfortunately, using one single adjustment
layer usually doesn’t give you the control that you need to perform this task. For example, if you’re using the
hue and saturation adjustment layer, you might get good results
if you make black into a dark color. But if you want to make it into a light color, you will wash out the image
when you adjust the brightness. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how
you can use two layers; one that controls the hue and saturation, and another that controls
the brightness and contrast to make black into any other color
in Photoshop, including white. I think that this method gives you the most
control. But most importantly,
it gives you the best
results. Hi, I’m Jesus Ramirez from the
Photoshop Training Channel. Before we get started, I would like to mention
that you can follow along with any image that you like, just make sure that the photo has
a lot of detail in the shadows. If you use a photo of low quality that has
a lot of shadows that are clipped, meaning that there is no detail, no information; that
the shadows are completely black, then you might have trouble changing the color,
or realistically changing the color to something else. Make sure that you’re working with a photo
of good quality. If you want to follow along with the image
that I’m using, then I’ll place a link down below in the description. That is an Adobe Stock image, and it will
have a watermark, but you can license it to remove it if you like. Or you can use a watermark version and just
practice with that. Okay. Let’s get started. The first step is to isolate the area where
you’re going to apply the color change. This is not a masking tutorial, so I already
have a selection ready to go. If you don’t know how to make selections or
how to mask, then I’m going to place a tutorial down below in the description that teaches
you all about that. But in this case, I already have one saved. So I’m going to go into Select, Load Selection,
and I have a selection saved called Shirt Selection, and I’m going to press OK, and
that’s going to load the selection that I have saved. So the first step for you will be to make
a selection around the object whose color you want to change. Once you have a selection active, go into
the Layers Panel and click on the New Group icon. And it will create a layer group, and we’re
going to use this group to stay organized with the adjustment layers that we create
to make the color change. And that’s what I’ll call the group. I’ll double click on the name to rename it
Color Change. Then, I’m going to place all my adjustment
layers inside of this group. So one group will contain all the adjustment
layers required to make the color change and best of all, I only need one Layer Mask to
control all the items inside of that group. With the selection active, I’m going to click
on the Layer Mask icon to create a Layer Mask. Notice that in the thumbnail, now I have a
white silhouette of the shirt. That means that the areas in white will reveal
the effect that I’m going to apply with the adjustment layers in that group. If I hold Alt on Windows, Option on the Mac,
and click on the Layer Mask thumbnail, you’ll see my mask. White reveals, black conceals. In this case,
we’re revealing whatever is inside of this group. I’m going to hold Alt or Option again and
click on the Layer Mask icon to bring back the original image. And now I can start creating the adjustment
layers that are going to help me create the color change. First, I’m going to create a levels adjustment
layer. And this levels adjustment layer is going
to help me control the brightness of the color. I don’t need the Layer Mask, so I’m just going
to delete it. Right-click and select Delete Layer Mask. You don’t really need to delete the Layer
Mask if you don’t want to. But I wanna make things clear and I wanna
show you guys that the only Layer Mask that’s controlling anything in this composite is
the Layer Mask in the group, but you can leave it in there if you want to. Also, just so that we know what each layer
is controlling, I’m going to change the name to Brightness because this levels adjustment
layer will control the brightness of the new color. Next, I’m going to create a solid fill adjustment
layer. So I’m going to select Solid Color from the New Adjustment Layer icon. And the color really doesn’t matter. For now, just so that we can see a change,
I’m going to switch it over to blue and press OK. What I’m going to do now is, once again, delete
the Layer Mask because we don’t need it. And this adjustment layer will control the
color, which is both the hue and saturation. Of course, you can name your layers whatever
you like, but I’m just naming them accordingly so that you know what they’re controlling. Next, I’m going to change to blending mode
and I’m going to click on the dropdown and select Color. Color applies both the hue and saturation
of the color selected, and it leaves a luminosity to the layers below. So the luminosity is controlled by the original
layer and by this brightness levels adjustment layer. And I’m just going to click on the Foreground
Color Picker to show you something. Notice that no matter what color I select,
there’s only three components; hue, saturation, and brightness. Hue is what color it is, saturation is the
intensity of that color, and brightness is obviously how bright or dark that color is. So no matter what color you select, you’re
dealing with these three components. So with these two layers, I’m taking control
of these three components; brightness and hue and saturation. Now what I can do is double click on this
Foreground Color Picker and I can select any color that I want. So if I wanted to make this shirt into a light,
lime green color, I can. I can press OK. Then you can select the levels adjustment
layer, the one we called Brightness and adjust these points. The point furthest to the left controls the
dark pixels, the one in the middle controls the contrast, and of course, the one on the
right controls the bright pixels. And obviously you have to keep fine tuning
the points until you get the result that you want. If the result is too dark, you can click in
the black point here at the bottom and drag it to the right. Now, no color will be darker than this shade
of gray. So the darkest color will no longer be black. The darkest color will now be this shade of
gray. And the opposite is true if I drag this point. In this case, the brightest point on the image
will be white, but if I drag this to the left, the brightest point will be this shade of
gray here. In this case, I’ll reset the white point and
I’ll drag the black point to the right. Now I just want to clarify what the points
do in the levels adjustment layer, the ones on top versus the ones on the bottom. The ones on top determine what pixels in the
image either become the darkest pixels or brightest pixels. These sliders at the bottom control how dark
or how bright those pixels are. So as you just saw, when we drag the black
point to the right, the darkest pixels were no longer black they were a shade of gray,
so that’s the difference. And if you change your mind and you want to
change the color to something else, double click on the Color Fill Layer and select a different color and adjust the levels adjustment layer accordingly. If you want to turn black into white, all
you need to do is set the color fill to any color that doesn’t have saturation. So it could be black, white, or any shade of gray. In this case, I’ll just make it white to keep
things consistent, but it really doesn’t matter. I’ll press OK and once again, I’ll come into
the brightness adjustment layer and I can adjust it accordingly to get white. And I’m also going to drag the black point
to the right so that the darkest color is just a dark shade of gray. And from here you can just keep adjusting
these points to get the result that you want. So let me know down in the comments below
if this technique was new to you. Also, if this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that Subscribe and Notification buttons. By the way, if you enjoyed this tutorial, then I have another one that I think you’ll like. It’s on how to make a white background
into any other color. I’ll place a link to that tutorial down below
in the description. Thank you so much for watching, I’ll talk
to you again in the next video.

100 Replies to “Best Way To Turn BLACK Into ANY COLOR in Photoshop [Including White!]

  1. I want to thank you, I don't speak English, but your channel became one of my favorites, in a very short time, I really like the videos you make, and thanks to the fact that you put subtitles in your videos I can translate them and understand all the content

  2. I knew how to change colors, but I only did it on things like walls and such as I learned I would quickly lose the the texture, I never thought of doing it this way at all. The retention of the fabric folds and crinkles is a game saver.

  3. H3110, I'm from Egypt 🇪🇬. I strongly like your awesøme channel. #PTC

    مرحبا، أنا من مصر 🇪🇬 . أنا أحب وبقوة قناتك الرائعة. #PTC

  4. I just came into here by accident. This is a new techinique to me and I found your videos amazing. Thank you for the lesson!

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  6. This is very cool. Now I only need to buy 1 shirt, and I'll be able to have them all in different colors, lol. Saves me a lot of $$$ 😂. Thanks teach!

  7. I bet that you can make those videos at least half at current time duration and serve more fast instructions because all what i understand I get it in one minute.. well this is just me ofc

  8. Great video. Do you have a video on removing a color from an image? Something along the lines of green screen removal. Thanks keep up the great work.

  9. Thank you very much for sharing Jesus! Extendable technique under many circumstances…Awesome tutorial as usually!❤

  10. My brain stopped working after reading the first part of the title: "Best Way To Turn BLACK…." brain.exe stopped functioning

  11. Thank you for the awesome video. Just i want to ask you something. When is use the same tecknic with the blending option (color) in the same photo it do change color but not all colour for example red or blue but when i change the blending option to multiiply it change every color. The question is why the color option didnt give you good result for all colors? (thank you for help as to make us good in photoshop) (sorry i dont speak well this language)

  12. Jesus I have learn so much I enjoy your tutorials. that can wait for the lesson. thank you much with your teachings I don't where I'll at my job. bless you. Terrence

  13. Thank you so much sir I know only white t shirt to change other colors. But I dont know black to any other colors. Really awesome tutorial. Thank s once again.👍

  14. Another great tutorial! You would laugh if I told you my looooong, and more complicated way I'd been changing colours.
    (That wouldn't look as good) Thanks again for your help!

  15. This tutorial is very useful for me to change the black color of an object in a photo to a color of my liking with desired saturation & brightness…. great…. ThanX

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