Stretch Your Stash! | Easy Peasy Digital Scrapbooking Recoloring Tutorial

Hello to everyone out there! Hope you are enjoying your September so far! This year is flying by so fast. This is Jenn, jk703, here to bring you a pretty fun way to recolor things easily!  Yes, an EASY recoloring tutorial! (I like easy, especially with lots of pictures!)

I’m used Renne’s Hello Fall kit for my images and tutorial. I’ve also used a Scrapping with Liz template, September in Review. Renee’s kit is an absolute must have kit for fall, yet very versatile for other moments throughout the year. My layout is actually for spring – or almost spring, lol! Here it is:

Today, I will show you how to use the Color Replacement Tool, which is located within the Brush Tool. Simply put, this really is an easy way to recolor easily and without a lot of time.

Here is my current layers palette. I have the blue set of leaves open, and will change it’s color! I’m secretly a magician… not! lol! 🙂
Before we actually start changing things, you will want to click on the foreground and background colors. The Color Replacement Tool uses the foreground color. Here, you can see it is an olive green… which happens to match the paper in my layers palette. Imagine that?! All you have to do to change the color is click on the foreground color box, and the Color Picker will pop up!
Also, as I mentioned, you will want to have the Color Replacement Tool chosen from within the Brush Tool. Here it is:

Here is the menu bar of available options when I chose the Color Replacement Tool.
My brush is on the harder side, and at a size of 253. This can be changed to see what works with whatever item you are recoloring.

Color is the most basic choice for Mode – that is what we will use. Strongest color change. Hue can be used as well, but the effect is a little more subtle. Saturation can be used if you want to change the color to gray.

One of the most important parts of the menu bar is the Limits. Contiguous will replaces the color of nearby pixels that have the sampled foreground color. Discontiguous will replace the color of the pixels containing the sampled color, whether or not they’re nearby. Choose Contiguous.

Tolerance is important for the range of spectrum the color will encompass. A higher number means a larger color sample, while a lower number means the range is smaller and closer to the foreground color. I usually use between 25% and 40%, depending on the element, shadows and lighting.

I know this seems like a lot of information, but it really is super easy! Let’s keep going.
Back to the blue leaf… 🙂

I’ve got that olive green chosen as my foreground color, my food menu settings configured, and my leaf chosen in the layers palette. Time to brush… I’ve click on random spots of the leaf, and the color will instantly change from the blue to the green. How cool is that!? See… easy!
A few clicks more and it’s all green! Get up close to see if you got all the nooks and veins of the leaf. Sometimes, a close up will show spots that weren’t re-colored. Just click to recolor.
Now, say I want a forest green. Change the foreground color again, and then brush on the leaf again…. Here is me going from blue to forest green, but same steps.
Viola! Cool, right!
Here I went from blue to RED!
Final Red leaf… looks perfect for fall, and would totally match the Hello Fall Kit! The texture and veins really show!
What about other type of ellies (with other colors)? Here are some owls, I wanted one a little bit more reddish orange. Looks pretty awesome, right?!


What about HOT PINK, you say? Makes any kit versatile with your photos!
Sometimes when recoloring, you will click and other parts of the area will change color too, and you don’t want it too. An easy fix, is to switch the foreground and background colors and paint with white. You can switch them back to keep on recoloring, but the white will bring you back to original when I’ve made errors.
Another tip: if you really get up close and personal, you can make a selection using the Magic Wand Tool. With the Magic Wand Tool, you could select all the bird parts below, and then use the brush tool for the selected area. This way you won’t be coloring any other areas.
Cute birds, right?! A little bird told me this was a crazy easy tutorial! What do you think!?
Again, here is my layout – where I’ve recolored the two pieces of tape, the owl to a darker knavish blue and the bird to a darker shade from the yellow.

Thank you for visiting and hopefully learning a new technique. We would love to see what you recolored on your layouts!
Have fun!
Jenn Marione | jk703


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