Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Changing the Color of your PNG Watermark with Photoshop Elements

These instructions were written using Photoshop Elements 4.0. Some things may or may not be different in other versions.

  • Open the watermark in Photoshop Elements.
  • Push and hold the Ctrl key as you click on the Layer Thumbnail. This will select the image leaving out the background (grey checked rectangular in the bottom right corner):
    • When you mouse over the thumbnail the pointer will become a hand. Then when you press and hold Ctrl the pointer becomes a hand with a box on top. When you see this click on the thumbnail. This will select the watermark's elements leaving out the background.

  • Click on Layer at the top and then select New Fill Layer and then Solid Color:

  • You will see the New Layer dialog box, name it if you wish and then click OK.
  • The color chooser will appear, so get to choosing!
  • When you get the desired color click OK.
  • Click on File and then Save.

You have 2 options here.

  • Just flatten the layers and save the PNG - Change the file name accordingly. Select PNG from the drop down and then click Save, yes you want None...OK.


  • You can save in PSD format. This will allow you to go back and edit the new color layer you made if you want a different color later. - Change the file name accordingly. Then click on Save.

Here's how to modify the color layer later:

  • Open the PSD you saved before.
  • Double click on the thumbnail of the color layer you made previously (here it is the pink square):
  • The color chooser will appear. Choose your color and click OK.
  • Click File, Save As, Name file, choose PNG and click OK...
  • Done!

1 comment:

Susan said...

Awesome tutorial. Super clear instructions and able to quickly apply desired result. Thank you!