How to Change the Color of a Car in Photoshop

A short and easy to follow tutorial on how to change the paint color of a car, or any other object, in Photoshop.

In this tutorial we will be learning how to change the color of a car, or any other object. This is a very basic task and you should be able to follow along without much Photoshop knowledge. I will be using Photoshop CS3 but this will work with most recent editions. Lets Get Started!

Step 1- Getting Ready

First, we will need a picture of a car. I will be using this picture. Feel free to downloadthe high quality image. You can use any photo you would like. Keep in mind that you will be better results with a higher resolution (quality) photo. Open the picture you will be using in photoshop. To do this click File>Open and select the picture.

Step 2 – Selecting the Car

Next, we will need to select the paint portion of the car. We have a few option here but I like to use the “Quick Selection Tool“, it is the easiest to learn.

So lets select this too. 

Make your brush size medium, something around 20px, depending on your image size.

Now, we will select the car, just click and drag until you have selected every portion of the paint. If you select something you don’t want, just hold down “Alt” (windows)/ “Option” (Mac) key while you drag around the area you want to un-select. When you are done it should look something like this. You should take your time and get the most accurate selection possible.

Now we have to un-select the part of the car that we don’t want to change the color (Lights, windows, wheels). To do this, we will use the same method we used before (Hold “Alt” (windows)/ “Option” (Mac) and drag on the parts we want to dis-select.) So go ahead and do this.

Now we have this ^, a selection of the car paint without the windows, wheels, car logo, lights, etc.

Step 3 – Copying the Layer

We need to create a new layer with just the car paint in it. Without losing you selection, copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the car paint. This should create a new layer in the layers palette. It will look like this.

If you click on the little “eye” icon next to the layer it will hide the layer from view, click again to show it.

***Optional: If you want to refine you selection even further, you can hide the background layer (click on the little eye next to it), then click on “Layer 1” to highlight it. You should just see the paint of the car now. You can click on the small eraser icon on the right toolbar to erase anything that you don’t want to alter. Once you are done, click on the blank square next to “Background” again to show the background layer.

Step 4 – Changing the Color

Fourth, we will finally get to the fun part and change the color. Make sure “Layer 1” is selected, it should be highlighted in the layers pallet. If not, just click on it. Then, in the top toolbarclick djust the bars until you get what you want, just play around with it. Make sure you check the box next to “colorize” (sometimes you can leave this uncheck if you aren’t getting what you want). Have fun! Thanks for reading!

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