Workflow Wednesday: How To Change Colors of Your Digi Products Using Hue/Saturation In Adobe Photoshop

Have I ever told you how much I really love to alter my journal cards and digital elements? If I haven't, let me tell you how much! Previously, I've shared how to to alter the colors of a journal card using color fill. Today I'm going to share with you another way to alter a journal card, using Hue/Saturation. Are you ready for some fun? I know I am!

Here we go!!! I'm going to alter one of my favorite freebie cards (Easter Freebie no.2) to match the journal cards that I'm using for my Week 25 pocket scrapbook page. I'm using this adorable kit by Little Butterfly Wings, Lemonade Stand Journal Cards, and it is on sale today 7/2/14 for 50% off.

First, I opened up both the journal card I'm altering and one of the journal cards from the kit that shows the color scheme. I am floating the windows so I can see both of them at once.

Next, I'm going to duplicate layer of the journal card I'm altering. I right-click on the layer and choose "duplicate layer" from the pop-up menu.

Now, I want to alter it to true black and white, rather than the warm tone the scallop is. Turning the gray into a neutral gray will allow the color change to be more accurate. To do this I'm going to click on the "filter" option at the bottom of the layers palette. A pop-up menu will come up and I'll choose "Black & White"

I then merge that filter down (right-click on the "Black & White" layer and choose "merge down" in the pop-up menu.

Now, I'm going to right-click again on the duplicated layer that was just turned black and white. I will choose "hue/saturation" in the pop-up menu.

Next, I want to change the color of my foreground color. To do that I'm going to click on the top box in the left hand sidebar. The color picker box will pop up and using the eye-dropper I'm going to choose the color I want in the other journal card. I will click "ok" when I'm happy with the color choice. 

Click on the "hue/saturation layer in your layers palette and you'll see a menu above with some rainbows and sliders.

In that adjustments box, you will see three eyedroppers and a box that says "colorize" next to them. Click on the box and you will instantly see your grey scallops turn the color of your foreground.

I wanted to play around with it a little bit and make it a little brighter and more saturated. I slide the "saturation slider up until I was happy with the color.

Once I was happy with the color, I wanted to merge the layer down again... (right-click on the hue/saturation layer, and choose "merge down".

Here's where you can play around with blend modes and opacity with your original journal card. I love playing around with these, or choosing fx styles to create a distressed or painty look. This is the fun part for me. I love seeing all the many things you can do to alter your cards.

Once you're happy, you can right-click on one of the layers and choose "flatten image" in the menu.

After it's been flattened, I will open up my hybrid print templates and copy and paste the new card over to the template.

This is so much fun and I really encourage you to give it a try and play around with changing colors of your journal cards to match a kit you're working with. This gives you so many more uses for your digital journal cards. You don't have to use them as-is and it's so easy to change the color to fit your project.

Do you like to alter your digital journal cards by adding fx styles, changing colors, or adding brushes? I'd love to see your projects! Feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can follow you and see your wonderful creations!

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