December 4, 2022


Capturing Magic Moments

How to quickly copy an object’s color to another object

1 min read

Sometimes the simplest desires turn out to be the trickiest in post-production. Color is a common example of when you just want to take the color of one thing and match the color of something else to it. Well, here’s how to do it quickly and easily.

I’ve spent much of my career creating images to be used in advertising or editorials. Either way, colors are paramount to the overall picture and even the success of an image. One of the most common edits I make is to change the color of objects in the frame to either match or complement a product or focal point. This can be done on set, but matching the color of two unrelated things is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when it has to be close to perfect.

In this video, photoshopCAFE’s Colin Smith walks you through how he copies and “pastes” the color of one object onto another. It sounds like an easy task and it is when you know how, but if you don’t, I can tell you from experience that it’s a frustrating nightmare. There are several ways to get the right result and for the greatest accuracy I would recommend curves. However, this technique is fast and sufficient for most pictures and works!

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