Good morning! Ramona here with another tutorial. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying a happy New Year. If you are like me, you have lots of scrapping goals ahead of you for the coming year! Kate shared some great ideas with us last week, so click HERE if you missed her tutorial last week.
Today I’m going to be giving a few tips for recoloring an element for your layout. This week will be recoloring a simple element that is only one color to begin with. In two weeks, I’ll expand it to include elements that have more than one color in it.
First thing, pull up the element you want to recolor and maybe another element that has the color you’re going for. Here you can see that I have a yellow curly ribbon (from Jady Day Studio’s birthday kit) and I want it to match the red cupcake.
Change the color of your foreground color to the red in the cupcake. Then click Image>>Adjustments>>Hue/Saturation. The easiest step from here is to click the colorization box in the bottom right hand corner. It will make your ribbon look like this:
Notice that there are three sliders on the menu box. The top slider controls the hue. If you have used the colorize box, you won’t really need to worry about this slider. It controls the colors. If you choose to not use the colorize box, then you can play with that top slider to get it to the red.
The Saturation slider deals with how much color is in the item. The farther to the left the slider is, the less color there will be. In fact, if you move it all the way to the left, it will take all the color out. So, for our ribbon today, we want to move the slider to the right to increase the color.
The last slider deals with the brightness/darkness of your colors. This one usually doesn’t want to be moved too far from the center, but I like to move it a little to the left to deepen the shadows.
Here is what our ribbon now looks like after moving those two sliders a little:
One last trick that I did here was once I got it close, I duplicated the layer and changed the top layer to soft light. It made it quite bright, but really made the colors pop. Next, I moved the opacity level of the top layer down to about 20% and then merged the two together!
Now you have a red ribbon to continue on with your layout!