How to Change Colors in Affinity Photo (EASY Tutorial)


Today we’re going to take this ordinary
rose photo and transform its colors. Hello and welcome to an Affinity
Revolution tutorial. If you would like to follow along with the same photo I’m going to be working on, I’ve included
a download link in the description. The first thing we need to do is open
the photo, and to do that we can use the shortcut Command+O and navigate to where ever that is saved on
your computer, and press open. The first thing we’re going to do to the rose is
change the rosebud color, and to do this we need to select it. We can select it by using our selection
brush tool, so click on this brush over here and we’re just going to paint a
selection over the rose bud so as you can see if you click and drag, or click
anywhere, it will add to your selection. The selcection brush tool naturally adds to
whatever selection you’re making, but you can also change it to subtract
if you make a mistake and take away from any selection you’ve already made. You can go
back to add and add it once again. Or you can use the Option key on your
keyboard, and while holding that down it will make it subtract also. Once you have a rough outline of the
rose you’ll notice that we still are missing a couple pieces like down here, over there, and up there. We need to get a little bit closer so
that we can get just those pieces. To zoom in press command+. To make
your brush size smaller press the bracket keys underneath the
plus sign on your keyboard. The left one makes it smaller the
right one makes it bigger. Now with the small bush we can click right in
there, and get over here as well. Then come navigate up here and get this
little piece. Alright that looks pretty good. I’d say
we have a good selection. Let’s press command+zero so we can see our
whole photo. And now we are going to change the color of the rosebud. To do
this we’re going to press on the adjustments icon, which is this circle
down here, and then come to the HSL. On this one we can change the hue by
dragging this slider around. As you can see it’s quite a variety of colors
we can make our flower. To make it look a little more natural, you can change the blend mode from
Normal to Color. So after doing that, play around with the hue
slider a little bit. I like mine blue. You can change the saturation. Yeah that looks pretty good. And you can
also change how light or dark the flower is. I’ll make it a little bit brighter. Once you found a color that works for
you, you can press the X, and now we’ve made this hue saturation and luminosity
adjustment layer, which we can check on and off to see our changes to the flower. The next thing we’re going to do is make
the background black and white. To do this we need to select the
background, and since right now we have everything selected except for the
background, we need to inverse our selection. We can
do this by coming to the top, and using our Select drop down menu, click on
invert pixel selection. So now that we have the entire background
selected, the next thing we need to do is go back to our adjustments and click on
the black and white option. Now with these sliders we can choose how
light or how dark a certain color in our photo becomes. I like making my red
a little bit brighter in this photo, and my yellow is a little bit brighter, but
then making my greens darker, since it is a predominantly green background. If you want to change a color but you
don’t know which color category that is in the photo, you can use the Picker and
click and drag in an area that you want to effect, and it will automatically
change that area. Once you’ve adjusted the photo the way you like, you can press the
X. Now we’ve successfully made the background black and white. to get
rid of the marching ants just press command+D, D for de-select. And as
you can see we have just transformed our photo in a matter of minutes.
So if that’s all you wanted to learn how to do, transform this rose, then you are done! If you want to stick around I’ll share two other tips with you for future projects. The first tip for you is that you can
adjust your adjustment layers at any time by just double-clicking on the icon over
here, and that will bring back up your sliders. So you can adjust them again in case you
made a mistake. The second tip is that you can reload
any selection you’ve already made by command clicking on this icon. So if I
hold down command and press on that, I’ve now selected the background again and
can do anything else I would like to do with it, and i can press command D to
deselect it again. So those are your two bonus tips at the
end of this video. If you have any questions just leave a comment below. I would love to help you out with any personal
projects that you’re working on. And if you want to see more tutorials on
Affinity Photo, be sure to subscribe to our channel. We’ll be coming out with some more
great tutorials in the upcoming weeks and months. Other than that, that wraps up our
tutorial for today and I’ll catch you in the next Affinity Revolution tutorial.

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