Digital Project Life Technique #1: Re-Coloring Elements in Photoshop

I want to start off this post with a disclaimer–I am completely self-taught as far as Photoshop is concerned so the way I do things might not be the “right way,” but it’s the way that I managed to figure it out, so it works for me. If anyone knows a quicker way to do something–by all means show me the way and leave me a comment! My other disclaimer–this is my first tutorial type video. I hope it explains everything well, and isn’t too confusing or too fast. I am still disappointed with the quality of it….I can’t quite figure out how to change that or what I did wrong. (I am thinking it might have something to do with the SD/HD settings so I am going to attempt to fix it.) But I knew a lot of you were waiting for this so I have posted it anyway. If you don’t enlarge it, it looks much better.

In my Week One layout last week I took the time to recolor ALL of the elements I used to match the Seafoam kit. (One of the HUGE plusses of digital scrapping!) I received a lot of comments and emails asking me how I did it, so I thought making a little video would help those of you that are interested in accomplishing the same thing.

Sometimes seeing a video on a blog almost stresses me out–I am often in a hurry, and I don’t necessarily have the time or desire to watch one….so if you are like me just know this…there are literally only two menu buttons I use to get this to work–the eyedropper (to sample color) and the paint bucket (to recolor whatever it is I am looking to recolor). BOOM. That’s it. That’s how easy it is. I say all of this because I swear I saw a tutorial like his on another website once and I never watched the video–finally figuring it out how to do it by accident on my own. If I had known how to do this last year—wow. Let’s just say I would have had a lot more fun with my pages! I really thought it was more complicated, and if someone would have just written that it was two steps I most likely would have taken the time to watch the video…..

Are there any other techniques you have seen in my pages that you have wanted to learn?

Please let me know and I will put together another tutorial. I hope to make this a weekly, or bi-weekly series on the blog if there is enough interest. Like I have said before, I am a huge fan of digital scrapbooking and I really enjoy showing others how it all works and what fun they can have with it.

Here’s to a great week! I have been working more on my baby album for Holly so some more peeks at that to come up soon!

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  • Valentina - Hi Heather,

    thank you so much for the video! You explained everything clearly and now I know how to recolor my digi supplies.

    Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena - Thx so much. Do you just recolor as you do your pages based on the layout ? Or do you save your new color changes for future use? For example I have a heart I want to use in almost every weekly layout but will recolor it to match the kit im using. So I would like to save a copy to use for everytime? Hope that makes sense. 🙂 I think a good tutorial is your workflow technique. I like to get my week done as fast as possible. 😉 great tutorial.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Yes, I just recolor based on the layout. I don’t save different versions of the element either…I am sure you could, I just have so little hard drive space as it is! However, if you use a handful of the same kits again and again I can see why you would want to save a version. That’s what I would do too.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Macpherson - Hi Heather,

    Awesome tutorial! I really like the little calendar you included week one – it likes like a cool item I could use each week in my album for co-hesion. I was wondering if you could do a video on how to use this?

    Thx Michelle.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Michelle,

      I will add that to the list of videos to make! It’s a digital brush, which are my FAVORITE thing to use for my PL spreads.I will try and get this one ready for next Wednesday.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Thanks for the tutorial. I love your page layouts. I would also love to see a video of your workflow, how do you manage all your layers on your page? Keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Lucy. I had to laugh as a read this…because my workflow is so willy-nilly I think you all would be surprised at just how sporadic it is for me to find time to complete a week. Since I have already started next week’s layout–I will set the schedule to do a workflow video to be published the week of the 28th. That way I can document and record what it’s like to do a digital PL spread from start to end next week. I can keep a diary of sorts, and do a video of putting it all together. It will be humorous I am sure!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I love the calendars that you used in week one and week two. I purchased this item from Jessica Sprague’s website but yours are so cute can you do a video on how you use these.ReplyCancel

  • Amy O'H. - Great tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Carla - Hey!
    Thank you sooo much for teaching how to do this! I can’t wait to try it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna G. - Oh my goodness! This is great! I’ve mostly learned PS at the School of Trial and Error. Sometimes recoloring worked for me; other times . . . not so much. I’d try it, and if it didn’t work, I assumed the planets must not be in the right alignment, and I’d forget it. All I had to do was put the little point of the bucket exactly on what I wanted to recolor?! Duh. Thanks, Heather!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny B. - This is a great tutorial! I asked this question just the other day to Sheri at Sheri Mae Designs, and she posted a link to your tutorial today! Great timing! 🙂 I had to adjust the tolerance on my paint bucket tool to get good results. I was trying to change the background color of a solid colored card that had white script writing over it. When I first started, it kept putting the color too much over the edges of the white script, but after I lowered the tolerance (I ended up putting it at zero), it worked perfectly. Thanks so much! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • nita - thanks- clear for me and nice to do!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda R. - This is great. And the little error that you had with the bucket… it made it so much clearer to me! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • kansaskel - Thanks for the tutorial – I found it easy to follow, and I can’t wait to try the technique. It will really expand my stash to be able to change the colors on design elements!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - Seriously? That was genius. You made it so understandable and i am sorry the oops happened but you are right because inevitably that would be what happens to me and i see that i can live through it ( : Look forward to more! I.LOVE.DIGI!!ReplyCancel

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