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‘Paint’ walls a different color with this simple Photoshop trick

Photoshop can alter images in almost every way imaginable. As capable as it is though, there are times when the changes needed are rather mundane in nature.

Take, for example, the need to change the color of a wall in an image. While it might not be a common alteration, it’s a handy arrow to keep in your quiver of skills. And when it does, you’re going to wish you knew how best to get the job done.

Now, thanks to the Photoshop gurus over at Phlearn, you can know how. In one of the latest videos, Aaron Nace shows how you can easily paint the walls of your photograph using a few simple tools that can be found in Photoshop.

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Throughout the 13-minute video, Nace walks through the steps needed to get the job done. For his specific method, Nace relies on the pen tool to select the area of the wall you wish to “paint” over. Once the selections are made, Nace explains how other selection tools and layer masks can be used to cut out unwanted elements in the image — a mirror in his example image.

Once the walls are selected, it’s on to changing the colors. There are a few ways to do this, but Nace breaks down the most simple method, which involves using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. This method makes it easy to simply slide through a palette of colors.

It’s a rather niche editing skill, but one that could prove useful — especially if you’re in real estate photography and a client would like to see what a specific color would look like. Watch the tutorial and head on over to Phlearn’s YouTube Channel to learn more Photoshop tips and tricks.