Using the Color Replacer Tool

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will show you how to use the Color Replacer tool.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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Create a new image with the following settings:
  • 200x200 pixels
  • Transparent background

Choose the Selection tool selection tool (S). From the Selection Type drop-list, choose the Circle shape. From the Mode drop-list, choose Add. Draw several small circles of different sizes. Because you have chosen the Add mode, you can add several of them without holding down the SHIFT key.

Choose the Flood Fill tool flood fill tool (F). In the Tool Options palette, make sure the Match Mode is set to RGB and the Anti-alias checkbox is marked. Set the Foreground material to a red color - I used #FF0000. Set the Background material to a blue color - I used #0000FF.

Flood fill some of the circles with red, and some of them with blue. Deselect. Your image should look something like this:

colored circles


The Color Replacer tool uses the Foreground and Background colors from the Materials palette to replace one color in an image with a new color. You can use brush strokes to replace only those pixels that the brush touches, or you can replace all pixels of a certain color in a selection or a layer.

From the Tools toolbar, choose the Color Replacer tool color replacer tool .

Version Note: The PSP 8 and 9 Color Replacer tool icon has a slightly different look: PSP 8 and 9 color replacer tool.

To replace the background color with the foreground color, double-click the left mouse button anywhere in the image. The circles should all be painted red:

colored circles

To replace the foreground color with the background color, double-click the right mouse button anywhere in the image. The circles should all be painted blue:

colored circles

To confine the color replacement to a specific area, select the area before painting with the Color Replacer. Choose the Selection tool (S), setting the Selection Type to Rectangle, and select just half of one of the blue circles.

colored circles

Switch back to the Color Replacer tool. Replace the blue with red in the selection using the left mouse button.

colored circles

Deselect. Undo this change for the next test.

To replace colors using brush strokes, choose the brush tip, size, opacity, and other options in the Tool Options palette, and then just paint with the Color Replacer tool like with any other brush. For the following image, I chose the +Round 25 brush tip, increasing the Hardness to 100. Then, using the left mouse button, I dragged the Color Replacer brush from top to bottom through the circles:

colored circles

Notice the Foreground color only replaces the Background color - it is not applied anywhere else, even though the brush was dragged from top to bottom on the canvas.

Tip: Use the Tolerance value in the Tool Options palette to control what colors the Color Replacer tool replaces. At a Tolerance value of 0, the pixels to be replaced must match the specified color exactly. As the Tolerance value is increased, more colors are replaced. With a setting of 200, all the pixels are changed.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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