This is the first tutorial in the Graphics and Visual Section. In a previous article about Photoplus, we talked about how it can be a low-cost alternative to Photoshop. In this article we will explain how to use Serif Photoplus to replace colour which is a feature of Photoshop as well.
As a matter of fact, both software programs are extremely alike in the way colours are being replaced.
Firstly, using an appropriate selection method, define an area that includes the colors (on the image / photograph) to be replaced. This is as illustrated below.
Now at the Menu Bar, go to Image >> Adjust >> Replace Colour. This will open up the replace colour option window. This is as shown below.
To see the selected range, in the Replace Colour window, check ‘Show selection’ to enable it.
Using the eye dropper tool, click on the region of the image to select the colour that you want to replace. Point to note is that the eye dropper (+) tool enables more colour to be included in the range. The eye dropper (-) tool will remove picked colour from the range. You may want to use the Tolerance slide to control the range of neighbouring colour.
As show in the screenshot below, the selected areas will be displayed as white regions against the black background.
Once the selected region has been, one can move the Hue slider to make colour replacements. That way, we can visually see the changes taking place. The User can still continue to make refinement by using the eye dropper (+) tool to include more colour within a range that needs to be replaced. Likewise, the eye dropper (-) tool can be used to exclude some selection areas.
Below show a colour replacement being done.
As the steps have shown, Photoplus is quite useful and one can do cool graphics stuffs with it. Perhaps, it can even be used to create interesting visual for ones business card or promotional graphics. As mentioned, if you have used Photoshop before, the steps required to replace colour are almost similar.
In a further article we will take about using Photoplus to create metallic effects.