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TTTT: Recoloring an Alpha (Weedster Request)

we had this request in the forum today:

Hi Tee!
I bought the new Birthday Party collection this past weekend and I am loving it!….I’ve been able to go in and add birthday filler pages for my 365 book and they match so well with the other pages that I have made.

I am working on my oldest son’s b-day pages and I would like to use the alpha that came with the kit, however I would like to be able to use the consonants in colour, not just the vowels. Can you please tell me how to recolour the alpha and still retain 3D look of it? Pretty please???

Here is the alpha she is using and wants to have options to color all the letters…

here you go…it is fun and not hard to do!

open up your alpha page…if you just want to do a letter at a time then marquee and highlight your letter and copy to a new layer…this is helpful if you want to make them each a different color…but to keep it super simple and let lots of you do this if it helps your pages I am showing you the super fast and easy way!

go to Layer then Layer Style and then Color Overlay…

it will automatically cover your letters in this red and you will see your blending option defaults to NORMAL…

you don’t want the solid cover…to keep the fab dimension Gina designed into this alpha, go to Blending Options and pick SCREEN…steps shown here and results in the next one…

now you want to pick your color to match your oh so fantastic layout!!! click on the red box next to blend mode and you will get a huge color picker!

to get that perfect matching color, open up a Photoshop file and roll your mouse over the color you want to match…you will have a dropper tool…click down and that color becomes your overlay color! AND YOU DID IT!!!!! :)



8 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. OMGosh Tee thank you thank you sooo much!! I just did this and you’re right, it was sooo incredibly easy…yaay!!!

  2. Thank you so much for showing us how to do this. I have been wanting to learn for a long time and had many occasions where I didn’t use an element because of the colors. You may have changed my scrapping life!

  3. This is so great, I always thought if the element was black I couldn’t change it, as I always went to adjustments>hue/saturation and picked colorize…Thanks!!

  4. Teresa, I have PSE 3; it does not have the color overlay you described in step 1. Is there another way to change colours with that program (is there anything I could try?)

  5. one of the Weedster fans posted a work around for PSE7 in the forum…that may work for you too in PSE3 :) I don’t use Elements so I don’t know on that BUT there are site gals that do use Elements that I am sure would help….go to the forum under TTTT and see who knows :)

  6. Tee, I tried that…I can do the first part, but when I get to “Screen”, I get stuck because the color I click on doesn’t replace the original color, it just adds to it…like when I click on purple as a color, it shows up as pink.
    The only option under “screen” for PSE (that I can tell) is opacity. But I will leave a message there and hopefully somebody can help. Thanks so far!

  7. Great post, incredible site layout, maintain the good work

  8. Fine details! I have been seeking for anything similar to this for a time now. With thanks!