How to eas­ily edit and re­place colours in pho­tos

“With Paint.net’s plug­ins, you can change the colour of any part of a photo you like”

Windows Help & Advice - - CONTENTS - Your guide Ian Even­den says…

Paint.net is a clever im­age edit­ing pro­gram on its own, but you can add to it too. Its sys­tem of plug-ins en­ables tech­ni­cally-minded types to cre­ate new func­tion­al­ity for the app, and the rest of us to ben­e­fit from their skills. We’re go­ing to need a plug-in called Color Range for this ef­fect, and it’s easy to down­load and in­stall.

We’re go­ing to do a colour range se­lec­tion, then use that se­lec­tion to al­ter the colour of all the pix­els we’ve se­lected. This will have the ef­fect of com­pletely chang­ing the colour of the photo’s sub­ject. We can also use it to cre­ate the colour splash or Schindler’s List ef­fect, where one el­e­ment of an oth­er­wise mono­chrome im­age is in full colour.

So is it pos­si­ble to change the colour of some­thing with­out af­fect­ing its sur­round­ings? We bor­rowed the edi­tor’s car for the af­ter­noon to find out. This is where you’ll find Paint.net’s spe­cial ef­fect fil­ters, from stan­dard blurs to any plug-ins you’ve in­stalled. Nes­tled in­side a folder marked Color, you can find the newly in­stalled plug-in eas­ily.

Ef­fects menu Color Range plug-in

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