How to match colors between images in Photoshop the easy way

How to copy colors from one image to another in Photoshop.

Colin Smith shows you how to change the color of an object to perfectly match the color of another object in a picture in Photoshop. This works in photoshop 6 through Photoshop 2023.

In this tutorial we will change this red car into a blue car.

We want to match the blue from this fish


This is the quick and easy method. If it doesn’t work, there is a more accurate method that uses Color curves in Photoshop to match colors

Step 1, sampling the color

With the colored image open in its own tab, make a selection around the area of color that you want to use.

Use the rectangular marquee tool to make a selection.

Step 2. Selecting the color you want to change

Let’s select the red on the car.

Choose Select>Color Range

With the eyedropper, click on the color you want to select

Choose the eyedropper with the + next to it

Click on other colored part to add them to the selection. Tip: You can drag with the + eyedropper if you like.

Adjust the fuzziness to include or exclude more of the color. The goal is to get the selected area white, while the non selected area will be black.

Click ok

Press Ctrl/Cmd+J to copy the selected area to a new layer.

Here, I have hidden the background so you can see the contents of the new layer. (You don’t need to hide the background.)

Step 3 colorizing the object

Choose Image>Adjustments>Match Color.

Note, this isn’t available as an adjustment layer and it won’t work on a Smart Object. This is why I copied the selection to a new layer, it is a destructive process.

In Match color, change source to the name of the tab that contains our color (the fish).

At first the color may look very strange, because currently it’s sampling the entire image, not the selection.

Click on the “Use Selection in Source to Calculate Colors” checkbox.

Now it will use the color inside the selection only. The correct blue is now showing.

Step 4. Making the color look natural on the layer

Change the blending mode from Normal to Hue.

Now the color looks natural

If there are some extra areas selected, such as the brake calipers, we can easily fix it.

Click on add a layer mask button on the layers panel

Choose Black as the Foreground color and paint away the eras that you want to reveal the original color.

And that’s it. I hope you found this useful. If you did, tell all your friends about PhotoshopCAFE and click the share buttons to share on Social Media.

Check out this tutorial if you want to go deeper into colorizing. Color curves in Photoshop to match colors


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