Let’s just be real here – it’s a huge pain in the ass when you’ve got a photo with tones or colors that don’t match your branding. This happens to me often, especially when I try to shoot for my feed – I think something peach will match and when I look at the image back, the tone or color is slightly – or waaay – off my branding.
There could be a million reasons you want to change the colors in your photos – so here’s how to do it quickly + easily from your phone with 3 apps:
If you’re not into videos, skip ahead to see the written instructions! There is SO much involved in this tutorial that it’s really hard to put into words. I HIGHLY recommend watching the video tutorial if you can, because I doubt I’ll fully be able to describe how I do this without showing you – but I’m going to give it a try below.
There are two ways to recolor your photos in Lightroom. The first is using the color editor to change the tone of different hues (see the .gif to the left). This is only for slight modifications – from cool pink to orange, for example – but sometimes that’s all you need!
1. Upload your photo into Lightroom + choose the Color tab.
2. Hit the Mix Wheel (a little rainbow circle) in the right corner.
3. Find the color you’re trying to change – in my case, it was red tones – and select it.
4. Three sliders will appear. Hue changes the tone of the color you’ve selected. Slide it around until you’re happy with the new shade. You can also play with saturation (the intensity of the color payoff) and luminance (the brightness or darkness of the color).
5. Sometimes you’ll need to modify more than one color. In this image, I could also modify the pink tones (the circle to the far right) and do the exact same thing with the sliders in the pink menu. Play around until you get the desired look.
The second way is for totally changing the color. In the tutorial, I changed the coloring in my image from pink to blue. I wanted to go for a major difference so you could see all the tactics I use to make it look not only good, but as realistic as possible.
1. Upload your photo into Lightroom + hit the Plus button in the top left corner. Then select the brush tool.
2. Brush over the area that you want to cover. Use the eraser to clean up any messy edges.
3. Open the Color panel at the bottom. You can drag the sliders or go down to the big color panel at the bottom. Play with these settings until you get the color you’re looking for.
Don’t worry if the color isn’t looking exactly like you want it to – next we’re going to play with saturation and light to help fine tune it.
4. Open the Light panel. I almost always adjust the saturation to make my color look more subdued and realistic . Play with some of the other light features until you get it right.
5. My pro tip? Save your photo, reupload it, and do a little bit more editing to the image as a WHOLE (with your new color). Editing the whole image will make it look more cohesive – like blue was always the shade of that bedding!
In Picsart, we’re going to do something super similar to what we did in Lightroom – but unlike Lightroom, this app is free! Here’s how to do it:
1. Upload your photo into PicsArt.
2. Hit the FX tab at the bottom of the screen. Select Color Replace and drag the circle over the color you want to change.
3. Select Color Replace and then drag the circle over the color you want to modify.
4. Three sliders will pop up. Drag the top slider back and forth until you get your desired color. This tool is pretty bad at just changing the color you asked it to – often it will pick up a lot of other colors around your object. It’s okay – we’ll fix it.
5. Click the eraser at the top of the screen. Erase any overlap to reveal the original colors underneath. You can also use the brush to recolor any spaces that you actually erase.
When you select the brush tool, you can modify the opacity. If Picsart automatically made your color a little too strong (like it did to mine), recolor it with a lower opacity. This should help make it look a bit more realistic.
6. Apply your changes and select FX one more time. Again, I’m going to adjust the saturation because I think this blue is a little bit too strong and unrealistic. Scroll to the end of the FX menu until you hit Saturation. Use the slider until you get your desired look!