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”
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