Recoloring elements for use on your scrapbook page is a common occurance so following is how I usually recolor mine. I’m going to be using a block from Aprilisa Design’s kit “Bricks and Blocks” which I purchased from the Gotta Pixel store.
The easiest and best fix is to adjust the levels (image 2). Pull the black and white sliders toward the center until you have achieved the brightness you want. Most times you are not going to want to go beyond where the peaks start, as some of the highlights and shadows will start to wash out and disappear.
But let’s say you want to actually recolor the element. Choose an element whose lightness is similar to what you would like to achieve.
First I am aiming for a bright blue; so the red brick would be closer to what I would like the lightness of my blue brick to be (not exactly, but we will fix that shortly).(image 3)
To try and get the bright blue I will first click on the paint chip (1) in my materials palette and write down the number for H (2).(image 4)
I am applying the same steps to both blocks so you can see why you need to chose an element within the correct lightness field. Using the Colorize tool (Adjust>Hue and Saturation>Colorize or shift+l); put the number that you had written down into the Hue box. You can adjust the saturation if you like but I find that it is usually best about mid-way. (image 5)
The next step will be to apply levels just like we did to image 2 above. Only this time you will probably need to adjust the grey (midtone slider as well, I bumped mine up to the right). You can see that using a lighter colored element really didn’t work out.(image 6)
Now let’s look at trying the color yellow. On the lighter brick I colorized it using the setting of 42 in the hue box and 255 in the saturation box. On the darker brick I used 42 and about 139, then applied levels, this time scooting the grey (midtone slider) to the left. (Image7)
For an easy fix I find these techniques usually work quite well. Occasionally I have run into those elements who just don’t want to play nice. In that case, I go searching throughout my other kits to see if there is something that will work just as well.
One final thought, before you start recoloring anything in a kit, be sure to read the designer’s terms. Most don’t have a problem with their items being recolored so long as proper credit is given. I have, though, run across a couple of designers who do not want any alterations made to their kits. Be respectful of their terms.