Two Minute Tip: Changing Shirt Color in Photoshop

By | 2018-01-07T11:37:31+00:00 November 26th, 2010|15 Comments

Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to change the color of someone’s shirt using Photoshop.

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  1. Carolyn November 26, 2010 at 10:40 am - Reply

    You are so smart!! Thank you for sharing this one….

  2. Cherylann November 26, 2010 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Awesome! I knew how to do most of this … but I didn’t ever think about doing a gray layer first. That changes everything, thanks!

  3. Robin November 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Cool, thanks for the tip!
    Love your site

  4. Nan November 27, 2010 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Wow, so simple, so cool… and such a cute voice :)
    Thanks very much!

  5. Jeremy Hall November 29, 2010 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Excellent tip! The gray layer is the definitely key to a realistic color change. As a testament to the many ways things can be done in Photoshop, I prefer one minor difference in this approach. Instead of copying the mask over, you can option click between the color and B&W layer to apply it exclusively to the layer below. This allows you to adjust your mask on only one layer if you need make minor tweaks.

  6. Nicole November 29, 2010 at 11:25 am - Reply

    @Jeremy Yes, I agree, clipping the color layer is another good way to do it. :)

  7. Mark Fogarty November 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks Nicole… I always look forward to your Two Minutes Tips… even if they do “drag on” for 2:49.


  8. Marisa March 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Wow. I have so much to learn. :)

    These 2 minute tips are amazing! Keep ’em coming. I’ll be watching.

  9. James January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    How did you start masking?

    • Nicole January 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      I started painting with the Brush tool to mask.

  10. Todd February 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    How would you change his shirt to pure white (and not make it look blown out)? I’m having the toughest time with this.

  11. Krist June 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial! I was paying someone to do this for my clothing line but funds are tight so I’d rather do it myself.

    I got as far as copying to mask over…unfortunately, a colour lighter than the black and white background cannot be applied. I need to change a dark grey top to a light grey colour.

    Any tips?

  12. Henry February 16, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Dear Mac. do you have text on the same subject of changing colors?

  13. Henry February 16, 2015 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Dear Nicole, Do you have text on the same subject of changing colors? Please mail the same to me.
    Thank You !

  14. sanou March 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I got it until crlt I invert the black and white . then I don’t no what you did!= where do you click to create a mask . I could not do it.

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