today I'm going to show you how to change the color of your walls in Photoshop
hey there and welcome to phlearn my name is Aaron NACE and you can find me on phlearn dot-com where we make learning photoshop & photography fun and today's episode is going to be so fun it's quick and simple we're going to show you how to change wall color in Photoshop now if you guys are planning on painting your walls of your house why not do it in Photoshop first so you can get an idea of what you actually like maybe you try out some new colors that you might not have thought of when you were picking your wall color so in this episode we're going to show you a quick way to make selections and then change the wall color to any color you want alright we got a great episode guys let's jump into Photoshop so here's our image for today we've got a nice blank room and we're going to be changing a couple wall colors we're going to do this guy right over here and here on the stairwell so the first thing we need to do is create an accurate selection around our wall and to do that we're going to use the pen tool so you can hit P for the pen tool or simply click right here and go to your pen tool okay so let's just go ahead and zoom into our image we're going to hit command plus to zoom in and now all I have to do is basically click on each of the points here that surrounds my wall so we're going to click here alright right up here at the top and right down here now the reason I'm using the pen tool here is because we can change these points at any time so in other words if your selection doesn't look perfect if you click a point in the wrong place you can move those points at any time all right there we go and this is depending on you know what your purpose of this exercise is if you're going to be painting your house and you just want to see a quick idea of what your wall color is going to look like you don't have to spend a long time doing this you know you don't have to make it totally perfect here this is just for you know preview purposes if this is for like an actual photo shoot then maybe spend a little bit more time but it's a really simple process here just click a few times there we go right around that banister alright and up to our original point so now we have a pen path right around our entire selection let's show you how to move the selection remove one of these points if you need to okay so each of these points if I hold down the control or the command button and click on one of these points I click and drag and move this at anytime so if I need some further refinement here at the end like I'm doing right now you can do this really easy just hold ctrl or command and then click now in this case the wall kind of dips in so I can click right here on my pen path you can see there's a little plus icon right in your right pen tool we're going to click there and then hold ctrl or command and just drag that down look at that so we can if we have a curved wall we can just click right in the middle and then drag that down holding ctrl or command okay so that's a really easy way to actually make a selection around a wall let's go ahead and zoom in here see you can see I missed there just a little bit so hold ctrl or command and we can just click and move that around alright and it's going to update in real time cool there we go and you can see this really doesn't take too long alright so now we have our pen path covering that area what we're going to do is we're going to right click and go down to make selection there we go now it's going to ask us if we want to feather the radius I recommend having a little bit of feathering it just makes the edge look a little bit more natural so in this case we're going to use point five pixels let's go ahead and hit OK there we go we've got a selection around the area that we're going to turn the color okay so now we're going to go to layer we're going to go to new adjustment layer and i'm going to go to hue/saturation alright so let's hit OK this sounds good and here we've created a hue/saturation now we've got our layer mask is automatically loaded in to our hue/saturation adjustment layer so here if I decide to change my hue simply by clicking here we can change our hue back and forth now in this case we've got a couple of things we need to look out for okay let's bring our hue back over here so you can see now first of all most of our wall is about the same color but here we have some reflection kind of coming in from the window over it right there ok so here you can see it looks a little bluish right and if I change my hue it's going to turn to green and it's not going to look the way it should it's not a big deal all we have to do is click on this colorize button right down here so we're going to click on that and that's going to make sure that everything turns this color so you can see instead of having there we go instead of having the purple and the green there click on colorize it's all going to changes color and then you can really dial in your color the hue/saturation and you can change the lightness as well all right now in this case we also have a mirror right here in the middle of our image okay so what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and make a pen path right around this mirror we're going to click here alright just up the corners of our mirror there we go and we're going to go all the way back up and then we're going to do the same thing we did to create the selection around my wall let's go ahead and move that up just a little bit hold controller command to move these points at any time so we've got a pen path now right around this mirror we're going to right click and we're going to go to make selection okay same feathered radius there we go and now here on our layer mask we just want to fill this selection with black okay so our layer mask we're going to go to edit and down to fill and then we're going to choose to fill this with black there we go and hit OK the reason that works is because a layer mask works by making parts your layer visible and invisible so I'm going to quickly show you what our layer mask looks like just so you get an idea of how layer masks work we're going to hold alt or option and click here on the layer mask and there you can see this is what is visible so anything that's white on a layer mask is going to be visible anything that's black is not going to be visible alright alt or option we're going to click right back on our layer mask and we're good to go okay so now if you want to change the color of your wall simply click here on the thumbnail for your hue/saturation adjustment layer that has your layer mask loaded in okay and here we can start to change our hue there we go we can change our saturation so if you guys want to go a little bit like a toy room we could do that or something a little bit more subtle there we go and we can change our lightness as well we can have a lighter color of paint or a darker color or paint so it's really simple to do so that's it basically create a selection around the area you want to change and then go ahead and change your hue/saturation and like this and make sure you click on that colorize alright guys so you can see that it's really not too difficult to do now we're going to go ahead and do another wall and then see what it looks like maybe we're going to contrast the two to make a couple of different colors that go together in the same room to select the other wall we're going to click on our pen tool here and let's go ahead and zoom in to our image command plus a couple times to zoom in and again we're just going to follow our corners so let's click here there we go I'm holding down the spacebar now to move to my move tool here there we go and I can click and drag and move around my image when I'm zoomed in so really helpful when you're trying to make an accurate selection like this all right there we go click on each of our corners and we're going to come down here and you know what I'm just going to include the banister there we go because this is so dark it's not going to get affected by my color so much so we're going to go ahead and include that in our selection we're going to show you in just a second a way to take it out really nice and easily because tracing all around this with the pen tool would take a long time so we're going to show you a quicker way to do that all right so there's our point down there let's go back up to the top of our door and all I'm doing is just clicking in these areas it's really simple all right if you click in a place you don't want let's say you click there just hit controller command Z to undo that here we are right down here to the bottom to our corner and then back to our original point you're going to see a little circle next to your pen tool icon there we go and that's going to close out your selection all right that looks great so let's try doing the same thing we're going to right click in here we're going to go to make selection there we go and now with our selection active we're going to go to layer down the new adjustment layer and over to hue/saturation all right let's hit OK there and again I'm going to click on colorize there we go and now we can change the color of that wall which is really cool now in this case if you guys are just doing this for visualization purposes for your own house you may not need to select out all these little banisters things like that but let's say you were doing this and you want it to be a little bit more precise with your selections here all you have to do let's go ahead and make this invisible right now all you have to do is go to your magic wand tool okay and then we're going to click here on our banister let's go ahead and bring in our tolerance up just a little bit there we go so itself selects out a little bit more okay and then we're going to click on this because right now if I can click right here on my banister you're gonna see it's going to click on the banister but it's not going to select similar colors as well like it's not selecting that banister okay it's just selecting we're like in basically one straight line I'll give you an example here as well let's bring our tolerance down so you guys can get an idea here okay so for instance if I select here you're going to see it's going to select right around where I'm actually clicking right it's going to select that corner okay if I uncheck contiguous I don't check here and it's basically going to select any color in my image that's similar to where I click all right so in this case if I click here on my banister all right I'm going to hold shift and click a couple of times there we go to add to my banister selection all right there we go so you can see all of our banisters are now selected let's go ahead and make this back visible and here on the layer mask I'm just going to use my brush tool and I'm going to paint black on my layer mask making this invisible okay so you can see basically just made a quick easy selection around my banisters all right and I painted black on there so let's see there's the before and the after okay that just covers that up real quick and I can do the same thing here with this banister I can just paint black right over the top here all right you can make a selection if you want or you can just use your brush tool if you feel confident with your brush tool there we go looking good so we've refined our selection a little bit more and now I can go in here and change this color as well so maybe we want to try a little bit more saturated version of that color there if you want to see what your image looks like in full screen just hit f4 full screen and there we go that's our new home and I like those colors I think they work really well so that's all there is to creating new wall color in Photoshop just follow these key steps the first step is to take a picture of your room and load it into Photoshop now when it comes to changing the wall color you want to make an accurate selection and then use a hue/saturation adjustment layer so to create our selection we're going to use the pen tool simply click each of the corners of your wall now if you need to move any of these points at any time hold the ctrl or the command and you can move these points creating a more accurate selection once your pen path is created go ahead and right-click on the inside go down to make selection and feather your radius by 0.5 pixels now it's time to color your walls using a hue/saturation adjustment layer so go to layers down to a new adjustment layer and over to hue/saturation go ahead and click OK and click the colorize button you'll be able to adjust your hue saturation and lightness all with the same tool if there are any areas you don't want to be colorized simply use your pen tool make a path around them select that path and then go to edit and down to fill go ahead and fill your layer mask with black it's going to make this adjustment layer invisible so it doesn't color that area thanks so much for hanging out with me today and learning some photoshop if you love Photoshop as much as I do go ahead and click on your screen right about now we'll send you a free photoshop & photography videos every single week and if you have an idea for an episode or a question about today's episode go ahead and leave it in a comment right down below I'd love to hear from you thanks so much guys i'll phlearn you later bye everyone we're going to show you a quick way to make a selection around your wall and then to load in any color you want in Photoshop it's gonna be an awesome episode epicyte all right we'll do it one more time a precise it season a semi pay side master champion king of the world doing Photoshop wherever upon to I don't accept my original wall color I'm gonna change the
How to Paint Your Walls in Photoshop
Before spending time painting your walls, test out different colors in Photoshop! This tutorial makes changing wall color easy and fun!
Use the Pen Tool to Make Selections
The simplest way to make selections around walls is with the pen tool. Select the pen tool and click on each corner of the walls. If you need to change a point, hold CTRL/CMD and click and drag the point to the desired location.
Once you have completed the path around the wall, right-click inside the path and go to ‘make-selection’. Feather the radius by .5 px to make a realistic edge.
Change Color with Hue/Saturation
After making a selection around the wall, go to ‘Layers - New Adjustment Layer - Hue/Saturation’. The selection you made with the pen tool will automatically load as a layer mask for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
Click on the ‘Colorize’ button, then adjust the hue, saturation and lightness to set your desired color.
If there is something on the wall you don’t want to colorize, use the pen tool to create a path around it then right-click and make the path into a selection. Once the selection is active, go to ‘Edit - Fill’ and choose black. This will make the layer mask black in the selection, hiding the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer in that area.
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