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How to Edit and Replace Colors in Your Photos

By Melanie Doncas | Advanced Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials

In the past, if you wanted to change the color of just one element within your photo, you’d have to manually recolor it pixel-by-pixel. Thanks to BeFunky’s incredibly easy-to-use Replace Color tool, found in the Photo Editor, however, those days are now long gone!

The tool lets you select a specific hue within your image and then turns it transparent, before allowing you to fill that transparent area with a totally new color of your choice.

How to Replace Colors in Your Images With BeFunky

Ready to use our amazing color replacement tool? Head to the Photo Editor and upload your photo by selecting it from the Open menu, or simply drag-and-drop the image file into the interface.

Step 1: Navigate to the Replace Color tool

Click on Edit in the menu on the left, then select Replace Color. You’ll find it within Essentials.

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Step 2: Select Your Source Color

Next, click on the box next to Source Color and use the eyedropper tool to select the color from your photo that you wish to change. In this example, we’re swapping the blue sky for another color, so have selected that shade of blue.

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When you click on the color you wish to change, you’ll notice that any area with that particular color becomes transparent, since the Target Color defaults to creating a transparent background. You can use the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the color you're replacing.

If you want to keep the transparent background, simply click on the Apply button to confirm it. If you wish to swap it with a new color, however, keep reading!

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Step 3: Select Your Target Color

To replace the transparent areas with a new color, click the box next to Target Color. From the Color Picker that appears, you can select a new color, type in a specific color’s HEX code, or even use the eyedropper tool to select a color already present in your photo.

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Step 4: Use the Erase Tool for More Precise Editing

If there are some areas of your photo that you don’t want to replace, click on the Erase tab next to the Adjust tab. Adjust the Brush Size accordingly, then paint over those areas with your cursor to remove the transparency.

Once you’re happy with how your replaced colors look, simply click Apply to apply your changes.

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Step 5: Save Your Photo

All that’s left to do is to click Save at the top of the screen, then select your desired save location.

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Final Results

Wasn’t that easy? Thanks to BeFunky’s Replace Color tool, replacing colors in images online has never been easier.

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Inspiration: Our Favorite Ways to Use the Color Replacement Tool

The Replace Color tool is pretty versatile. So versatile, in fact, that you may be overwhelmed with all of the different ideas floating around in your mind! To help you narrow down your next color replacement project, we’ve listed just some of our favorite ways to use this tool.

Edit the Color of the Sky

Have you ever taken a photo when the weather was overcast, but wished for a perfect blue sky? Or perhaps you captured a landscape during the day, but think it’d look better during a starry night?

With the Replace Color tool, you can essentially change the weather and time of day by creating the illusion of a perfectly blue sky, a dramatic sunset, golden hour, and more.

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Erase the Background in a Photo

Background removal is particularly helpful if you want to create a layer to place on top of another image or even simply when you need to remove the background in product photography. The Replace Color tool is a quick and easy way to erase backgrounds in any photo!

Take this photo, for example, where we used the color replacement tool to erase the sky, then placed it as a layer onto a different image of a starry night. We were able to change the entire vibe of the photo in just a few clicks!

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Make a Transparent Background for Watermarks and Logos

If you’ve already got a logo or watermark design with a solid background, you can now make the background of your logo or watermark completely transparent in seconds! To do this, simply select the background color as the source and change that specific hue to transparent.

You’ll then be left with a more functional graphic that you can use to watermark photos, add to a design, or upload to a website for a seamless appearance.

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Simply select the background color as the source, change that specific hue to transparent, and you’ll have a much more functional graphic to watermark photos, add your logo to a design, or upload it to a website with a much more seamless appearance.

Edit Product Photography

Product photography works best on websites and selling platforms when the image has a transparent background. Some platforms, like Amazon, specifically require product photography that has a transparent background. This allows them to ensure the photos become the same shade of white when uploaded to their site. By using the Background Remover in tandem with the Replace Color tool, you’ll get a seamless color change.

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Find a Background Color That Pops

The Replace Color tool is also incredibly helpful when editing product photography or a portrait photo against a solid backdrop. It lets you replace your subject’s backdrop with any color you have in mind – the choices are endless!

Simply select your background color as the source and use the Color Picker in the Replace Color tool to find a better-suited color for your image.

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Make Monochromatic Magic

Monochromatic color palettes are on the rise due to their harmonious and eye-catching appeal. Thankfully, the Replace Color tool can also help you quickly and easily embrace the magic of monochrome in your imagery.

In this image, for example, we’ve used the eyedropper tool to choose the same color as the clouds for replacing the blue sky. The result? A pink sky masterpiece!

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Incorporate Your Own Color Palette

With the Replace Color tool, you can literally replace any color in your image with a different color of your choosing. That means if you’re really into a certain color palette, you can make any image match it. You are in full control over the aesthetic of your image, and this tool makes it easier than ever to get the looks you’re dreaming of.

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Add an Unnatural Shade

If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even use the Replace color tool to bring your wildest color ideas to life! How about a purple ocean, a pink forest, or a green sky? No color replacement is off-limits, no matter how quirky it may be!

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Change Clothing Colors

While you may never have an infinite wardrobe, the Replace color tool can certainly make it seem as though you do. Swap out your red shirt for a blue one if you think it matches your backdrop better or switch your dress’s pattern for a more vibrant color scheme to really make it pop! Trust us, you’ll be amazed at how realistic the results are.

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Transform Your Images With the Color Replacement Tool

BeFunky’s Replace Color tool offers superior photo editing abilities like never before. With the option to selectively replace individual colors within your images, there’s no limit to what you can create! Want to see what all of the fuss is about? Go on, try the Replace Color tool for yourself!

Photo Editing, Simplified.


Photo Editing. Simplified