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DIY - ICON COLOUR CHANGE IN PHOTOSHOP

 
 

Have you ever purchased an icon for use in your business marketing materials or social media post, only to be disappointed that you’re not able to click on it and transform its colour to match your branding? I know I have - that is, at least until I learned how easy it is to transform the colour of icons in Photoshop!

STEP 1:

Here, I assume you have already opened your icon in Photoshop. Your first step is to make sure that you have your icon selected in the bottom right-hand “Layers” section (see image below, where the cactus icon is selected).

STEP 2:

Once your icon is selected, head up to the left-hand corner, click “File”, scroll down and select “Place Embedded”.

STEP 3:

From here, you’ll be prompted to search your computer for an image of the colour you wish to place onto the icon. If you have not already purchased an image of the colour your desire, you can either do a Google image search of the colour and save the image to your computer, or you can create an image in Canva using the colour code.

STEP 4:

Once you have selected an image, it will be placed into the Photoshop document. From here, you can drag it (and expand/compress the image, if necessary) over your icon. When you have the image in the position you desire, left click and select “Place”. As you will see in the example below, the green image is completely covering the cactus icon.

STEP 5:

Head on over to the bottom right-hand “Layers” section, left click on the image’s name, and select “Create Clipping Mask”.

STEP 6:

Congrats! You have successfully changed the colour of your icon. If there are other icons in your document (for example, if you are working on a layered logo and want to include various colours), you can start back at Step 1 and select the icon you desire to change, then follow the same steps you just did. I told ya it was easy!

BONUS TIP:

Did you know this also works on fonts? Just select the text in the bottom right-hand “Layers” section and follow steps 1-5.

Did you find this tutorial helpful? Is there a specific tutorial you would like me to post about? Let me know in the comments below.