How to repaint a monochrome object in Photoshop

How to repaint a monochrome object in Photoshop

Hello everyone,

I hope you are doing well and are already in a spring mood and ready to bring more color into your life! 🙂

In this post I want to share with you a quick and easy way to repaint a monochrome object in Photoshop. A little spoiler for those of you who work in Photoshop and are familiar with its features: we are going to use Clipping Mask. If you know what I mean, you can skip this post or perhaps add other known ways in the comments? Welcome!

To explain this method I am going to use an image from my Folk Bugs set in Creative Market. I know it contains an EPS vector shape that can be recolored very easily by Adobe Illustrator, but in case you are working with PNG format, here is a quick way to add colors to this bug. Please note that this will work for PNG format with transparent background! So, Step 1: open your monochrome object in Adobe Photoshop.

Step 2: Create a new layer above the layer with your image. Right click on a new layer and choose Create Clipping Mask. In the Layers panel, the new layer should look like the one in my picture.

Step 3, the final one: Select the color you need (I picked up the yellow) and create a new rectangle of that color on the Clipping Mask layer.

Ta-daa! Done and our object is recolored. Now we just need to export our colored image in desired format and that is it.

How to repaint a monochrome object in Photoshop

You can also play with color, e.g. add some effects like gradient, pattern or something like filter. There are so many options! 😉

I hope you find this post useful and interesting. Please let me know what you think! And read another “how to” posts here.


Thank you and have a great day!


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