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How To Change The Color of ANYTHING in Lightroom – COOL Adjustment Brush Trick!

September 7, 2019


In this video, I’m going to show you how to
change the color of anything in Lightroom. Hi, welcome back to the
Photoshop Training Channel, I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
change the color of anything inside of Lightroom. You might remember a recent tutorial where
I showed you how to change the color of anything in Photoshop, this is going to be a similar
tutorial but we’re going to stay inside of Lightroom and not go into Photoshop. Sometimes you may be working with a file where
you have an object whose color you want to change, and it’s a simple object like a jacket
in this example, and it’s not really necessary to go into Photoshop to make that adjustment. So, this is what this tutorial is going to
be all about. However, I do think that Photoshop
does have better masking options, and it allows you to change the color of more complicated objects, so, I do recommend watching that tutorial as well. I’ll place a link to it right below in the description. Also, if you want to learn more about Lightroom,
then I do have a free course on Lightroom CC, I’ll also place that right below in the
description. So, just to be clear, there’s two versions
of Lightroom. There’s Lightroom Classic CC,
and Lightroom CC. In this tutorial, we’re going to work with
Lightroom Classic CC, which is the Lightroom that
has been around for a decade. Lightroom CC is about a year old, and that
is what my free course is about. So, if you do watch that course, you can apply
the principles that you learn and use them on Lightroom Classic. They’re pretty much the same
when it comes to editing photos. Lightroom Classic does have a few more features, but in terms of editing photos,
they’re virtually the same. Okay, let’s get started. Here we are in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC,
and we have the image that we’re going to work with in the filmstrip here at the bottom. Then I’m going to click on Develop, so that
we can actually edit the image. Now, before I show you the technique that
we’re going to use in this example, I’m going to show you the method that you may be familiar
with, and why it doesn’t always work. So, I’m going to click on the HSL panel, and from here I can select any one of these colors and adjust the hue. Notice that the hue tab is selected. So for example, if I wanted to change the
red of this jacket to another color, I can click-and- drag the red slider to the left
or to the right, but notice that I can only shift the hue just a little bit. I can make it magenta, or I can make it orange, but I really can’t make it into another color. So, if I wanted to make this jacket blue,
I wouldn’t be able to do so with this technique. So instead, what I recommend you do is use
an alternate method. So, I’m going to double click on the slider
to reset it back to zero, then I’m going to click on the adjustment brush. When you paint with the adjustment brush,
make sure that you select Auto Mask so that it’s easier to paint over the colors
that we want to paint, and increase the Flow to 100,
and the Density as well. Then make sure that none of the sliders have
been adjusted. If they have been adjusted, you can reset
them all at once by holding Alt, Option on the Mac, and you’ll notice that the effect
label changes to reset. Then you can click, and it resets all the
sliders. Notice that when you start painting over the
image, you will be able to see the mask, the mask has a red overlay. But if I paint directly over the jacket, you
won’t be able to see the red overlay because the jacket is also red. You can hold Shift and O on the keyboard to
toggle between the different colors of the overlay, so you can make the overlay green, white, or black. And if you don’t see the overlay, you can
press the O key on the keyboard to enable it, or even disable it. In this example, I think that the green overlay
will work best. I’m going to toggle to that, and I’m going to click on this point,
hit the Delete key to delete it, and now start painting the jacket. So, if I start painting over the jacket, you’ll notice that I’m only painting over the red pixels because I have the Auto Mask option selected. That means that the colors that I’m clicking
on over that crosshair are the colors that I’m targeting. So, anything outside of that will not be selected. For example, if I place a crosshair under
his arm, over the red jacket and click, you You will see that I will select the red pixels,
but not the background. So, this method allows you to paint over areas
of a specific color really, really easy. To increase or decrease the size of your brush, keys on the keyboard. You could also hold Shift and tap on the
bracket keys to adjust the feather, which is the sharpness of the edge of the brush. And you can also see how the feather slider
is adjusted as I use that keyboard shortcut. But anyway, I’m just going to quickly paint
over the red areas, and you don’t have to be very precise, you can always come back
and fine tune your selection. So, now that I painted over the jacket, I
can disable the overlay, and I’m going to reduce the saturation to negative 100. Once I do that, you’ll notice that I have
some areas that need some adjusting, so I’m just going to paint on those areas just so that I don’t see any red over the jacket. In this tutorial, I’m not going to be very
precise, but of course when you’re working on a real project, you want to spend a little
more time making the mask. If you make a mistake,
you can always hold Alt, Option on the Mac, to subtract from the mask. I think I went over the line here, so I’m
just gonna paint away that area. And for now, this is going to be good. The next step is to add the color. So, I’m going to come over to this section
here that reads color, click on this swatch, and just select a different color. So, I can select blue for example,
and then I can use all these different sliders
to adjust how that blue looks. So, I can increase the contrast, the exposure, shadows, blacks and whites. I could also increase clarity,
which is contrast in the mid tones, and I could also add sharpness to that area. And if you zoom in by pressing the Z key, you will see that I missed some areas. I can come back in there and paint those in. I may not need the Auto Mask for those areas,
so I could just simply disable the auto mask and paint over those areas. You can see that this finger has a lot of
blue on there, so we want to get rid of that. So, I’m going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac,
and I’m going to paint that away. Then I’m going to use the right bracket key
on the keyboard to make that brush larger, and I can continue painting away those blue
pixels. And obviously you want to spend a lot more
time fine tuning your image, in this tutorial it’s not necessary for you to see me fine
tuning the image. All I really would do is simply paint over
the areas that still have red to remove the red from the image. So, that’s basically what I will do, just
paint over all these different areas. At this point, you can make
any adjustments that you like, including changing the color of the jacket. So, we could make it green for example, and
continue adjusting the luminance sliders. Keep in mind that the color sliders,
like temperature and tint, won’t make any adjustments to the color because
we have de-saturated the image. But the sliders that control luminosity, definitely
do have an effect on how that color looks. So you can fine tune it and get the right
color that you want for your image. Also, it’s important to note that with this
adjustment, you could also apply presets. So, when you hover over the presets, you’ll
see that we keep the green. So you can change the color of an object in
your photos and then apply your favorite preset. And by the way, let me know down in the comments
if this technique was new to you, and also if you would like to see more Lightroom tutorials. As you know, I usually publish Photoshop tutorials,
but Lightroom is part of the Photoshop family, so I guess we could make some more tutorials
on Lightroom if you’re interested. Also, don’t forget that I do have a free course on Lightroom CC here on YouTube that you can watch for free. I’ll post the link down below in the description. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then please don’t forget to subscribe and to click on that notification button. Thank you so much for watching, and I will
see you at the next tutorial.

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