Adobe Photoshop: How to Add Color to a White Object
From a former Rocky Mountain Training Adobe Photoshop student:
I need to turn a white shirt to black or some dark shade and still see some detail in the clothing. I tried using the color replacement tool, but when I choose black, it comes out some weird peach tone. Any suggestions?
You bet. Give this a shot:
- Open the image containing the white shirt. (In this tutorial, I’m using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but the basic steps are the same in the earlier versions.)
- Select the white shirt. (I started with the Quick Select tool, and then used the Refine Edge command to get better contrast along the selection edge.)
- Jump the shirt to a new layer. (As a keyboard gal, I used Cmd+J (Win: Ctrl+J). The menu command is Layer > New > Layer Via Copy.)
- With the new layer selected, click the fx button on the bottom row of the layers panel, and choose Color Overlay. Set the Blend Mode to Linear Burn, the color to Black and play with the opacity. (In this example, I wanted to retain the lines in the model’s shirt, so I pulled the opacity down to 83%.)
- When you are satisfied, click on OK.
Not bad for a couple of clicks, and the change is non-destructive. You can double click the Color Overlay effect in the Layers panel to change the color to something else, or just hide the layer to return to a white shirt.