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Jun 22, 2016

How to Paint Your Walls in Photoshop

How to Paint Your Walls in Photoshop

Before spending time painting your walls, test out different colors in Photoshop! This tutorial makes changing wall color easy and fun!

Use the Pen Tool to Make Selections

The simplest way to make selections around walls is with the pen tool. Select the pen tool and click on each corner of the walls. If you need to change a point, hold CTRL/CMD and click and drag the point to the desired location.

Once you have completed the path around the wall, right-click inside the path and go to ‘make-selection’. Feather the radius by .5 px to make a realistic edge.

Change Color with Hue/Saturation

After making a selection around the wall, go to ‘Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Hue/Saturation’. The selection you made with the pen tool will automatically load as a layer mask for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

Click on the ‘Colorize’ button, then adjust the hue, saturation and lightness to set your desired color.

If there is something on the wall you don’t want to colorize, use the pen tool to create a path around it then right-click and make the path into a selection. Once the selection is active, go to ‘Edit – Fill’ and choose black. This will make the layer mask black in the selection, hiding the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer in that area.

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    gtu61297

    Awesome, Have just started following Arron, I thought I knew the basics of PS but I was wrong. Arron has shown me how to master the basics and has me now a better PS user. Many Thanks

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    James Rowan

    TUTORIAL SUGGESTION: At times when dealing with older images for newer projects – especially historical / archival work, I only have access to pre-screened originals because there is no other image that can be found or used. What is the best way to scan and edit pre-screened originals that would eliminate visible moire pattern interference without losing detail as well???

    Thanks for doing such a great job – as always,

    JR

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    Russell Brown

    Hi Guys

    Learn something new in every episode thank you! In this episode how would you deal with the reflections of the walls in the mirror if you had made colour changes that would show up there?

    Much of my work has been improved by what I have learnt watching your videos. Thanks again!

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    bigloubruno

    TUTORIAL SUGGESTION: Speaking of swapping colors. I would like to suggest Phlearn possibly doing a few tutorials on infrared photography from both the standpoints of shooting and Photoshop processing of images. I literally just finished watching every Phlearn video on your YouTube channel. They all are just awesome by the way. Aaron is great and I can’t wait for the new Photoshop101-301 to be released. Anyway, I noticed that you guys have never done any episodes involving the shooting and processing of infrared images other than “Tips to Convert Your Images to Infrared”. I’d love to see Aaron’s take on infrared photography either using screw on IR lens filters and/or modded bodies. Infrared images can really lend themselves to a ‘Phantasy’ like world. – a great possibility to be used in image composites. ??? This is a side by side straight out of camera vs processed/edited image from my LifePixel 590nm converted Nikon D5200. I took this recently with a Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lens. – [1/20s; f/22; ISO 100] – Enjoy!

    I have only been shooting IR for about 6 months now, but i’d be more than happy to contribute whatever knowledge I have if need be. …LifePixel.com and KolariVision.com can also be used for great references. …by the way I am neither endorsed or affiliated with either. Hope to see one soon.

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    bigloubruno

    In contrast here is a recent 720nm image that I took which has been [Color Mixer] red/blue channel swapped to somewhat normalize the image. (blue sky) – [straight out of camera, false color, b&w] – LifePixel converted Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm @ 18mm] – [1/200s; f/8 ISO 200] – note both images were shot raw and white balance corrected in post. WB for Infrared photography is a critical factor. – again enjoy.

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    Dirk

    Nice to see a tutorial about this. I actually used the same techniques last month when i was considering to paint my wall with a custom shape. All the techniques i used i have learned from your previous video’s 🙂
    Thank’s a lot, your work is awesome! Hooked to your video’s for serveral months now!

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    Elizabeth

    Could you not have made a path around the mirror as well prior to stating the colour change. That way the mirror would not have been coloured in the first place? Keep in mind, I ma a rank beginner at this! 🙂

  • Daniel Dudley

    Who know how I can make the waterfall look better?

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    ktm8903

    Aaron, i was not able to enter the photo contest, is possible that i could get
    the photos so i can try to create photo for myself
    kevin mcgrath

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    Cyrus Farrehi

    Your making of a summary at the end is great.
    Why don’t you use the Hue/Sat from the Layers Panel?

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    Cyrus Farrehi

    Your summary at the end is great.
    Why don’t you use the Hue/Sat from the Layers Panel?

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    JBM

    Super, it’is very simply explicated, wonderful, thanks to explain so well.

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    alessio

    Hi Aaron !
    Awesome tutorial

    I did a makeover to my room ! 🙂 hope you like it !
    Alessio

    • Je suis Legende

      good job. But I’ve changed the color of the plate as well. And window color

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    Rob Mindas

    great tut. How can I use a color from the chip you get from the paint store?

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    russ

    Is there a way to find an RGB value of the colours selected, so you could take that value to the paint shop and have them mix a test pot?

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    timothy

    I really, really love all your tutorials, I don’t how you help me by sending me more tutorials bcos I have downloaded over 40 of your tutorials. Pls I love & enjoy all your tutorials, pls send me more
    I so much appreciate, Thanks
    timothy