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Change black clothes into white


Question

I have a photo of a man wearing a black shirt. I'd like to change the shirt to become white.

I have tried using a Color Overlay but it looks "Photoshopped".

Man wearing a black shirt

Any alternative methods will be appreciated.

2016/03/25
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3/25/2016 9:52:00 AM

To change any color in a defined region we need to make a selection of the area of interest first. This can be done automatically with a selection tool that works best for the source but you will always get best results on a manual selection.

After a slight feathering of the selection we can adjust the colors within the selection freely. For changing a black (which in fact was grey) source to white with preserving shadows I adjusted the color curve to light up both, dark and bright areas.

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The example above suffers from its tiny orginal size, from compression artifacts, and from my sloppiness on making the selection. Better result can be obtained by using a high-resolution uncompressed original.

2016/03/25
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3/25/2016 9:42:00 AM