How Do I Recolor an Image in Photoshop?

How Do I Recolor an Image in Photoshop?

Do you want to know how to recolor an image in Photoshop? Recoloring an image can completely transform its look and feel, giving it a fresh new appearance. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of recoloring an image in Photoshop step by step. Let's get started!

Step 1: Open the Image

To begin, open the image you want to recolor in Photoshop. You can do this by going to File > Open and selecting the image file from your computer.

Step 2: Create a New Adjustment Layer

Next, we need to create a new adjustment layer. Adjustment layers allow us to make non-destructive changes to our image. To do this, click on the "Create new fill or adjustment layer" button at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Pro tip:

If you don't see the Layers panel, go to Window > Layers to show it.

Step 3: Choose a Color Adjustment

In the dropdown menu that appears, select one of the color adjustments available. Photoshop provides various options such as Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, and Gradient Map.

  • Hue/Saturation: Allows you to change the overall hue or color balance of your image.
  • Color Balance: Lets you adjust the balance of colors in your image's shadows, midtones, and highlights.
  • Gradient Map: Maps different colors to different brightness levels in your image.


You can experiment with different adjustments to achieve your desired result. Each adjustment provides unique possibilities for recoloring an image.

Step 4: Adjust the Settings

After selecting a color adjustment, a properties panel will appear. Use the sliders and controls in this panel to fine-tune the color changes you want to apply.

Pro tip: You can also click and drag on the image itself to adjust specific colors in real-time using the adjustment layer's mask.

Step 5: Refine Your Recoloring

If you want to further refine your recoloring, you can add additional adjustment layers or use Photoshop's selection tools. For example, you can create a new adjustment layer for Brightness/Contrast to adjust the overall lightness and contrast of your image.

Step 6: Save Your Recolored Image

Once you are satisfied with the recoloring result, it's time to save your image. Go to File > Save As and choose your desired file format (JPEG, PNG, etc.) and location on your computer.

Note: Remember to save your file with a different name or in a different location if you want to preserve the original image.


You have successfully recolored an image in Photoshop! With this newfound skill, you can now unleash your creativity by transforming images into vibrant works of art. Keep experimenting with different adjustments and techniques to discover endless possibilities for recoloring images.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. Happy recoloring!