Photoshop - adjustment layer to change colors of multiple layers?


I remember I opened a PSD file which did this.

It had like 4 hidden "adjustment" layers, each for a specific color, and all the elements that used a certain color were being changed depending on which adjustment layer was visible.

Something like this:

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Notice the visible "pink" layer. That layer should make a part of the graphic on the left pink.

And when you make the blue layer visible, that part of the graphic graphic should turn blue:

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Does anyone know how can I achieve this?

5/4/2011 3:11:00 PM

Accepted Answer

ONE (of many possibilities) way to do this is as follows:

  • make the layer which you want to alternate the color of: rounded rectangle tool (U); pick 'shape layer' in tool settings, pick a solid color; draw shape.
  • set layer blending option: pick gradient, and set the shape to a grayscale gradient.
  • make a new adjustment layer, and pick 'color fill', pick color; set layer blending to 'Color'
  • repeat the previous step using a different color.

To control this more carefully, you can apply a layer mask, such as the shape of the base item so that the colorization only applies to the item itself...

5/4/2011 5:16:00 PM

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