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Okay. Do everything on its own transparent layer.

So, if you draw the outline around the area

you want to fill in with new color, do that on its own layer.

Then you can Magic Wand inside the outline, switch

to a new (transparent) layer and fill in the selection.

In the Layers window remove the checkmark from the

outline layer to make it not visible.

The online Help file is a good aid towards

figuring things out with the program.


You can access it from Paint.NET by pressing F1.

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well, in the tut the red chevy wagon is incomplete, you forgot to colour the mirrors :P

but here is my attempt

it was orriginally white with a red trim. i would like to know how to make it darker like Mayor_McSteze did

<Hi I'm Axle - I have over 1800 posts, but I still don't know about Rule #29>

MADE SOME MORE VARIANTS: here they are ;)


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This tutorial was posted on 02 November 2008 - 06:42 AM

Are you saying that the youtube tutorial predates this?

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Below are a couple of other methods of re-coloring your car (or whatever you may be working on).

The tutorial remains mostly the same except we won't be using "Color Dodge" or "Color Burn"

1.) Below you will see that I have created the color layer as described previously. Note that the metal trimmings and tires and such are not being affected:


This is the point where we will modify the process

2.) Select the color layer from the "Layers" pane (if you're not already on that layer)

3.) Select the "Magic Wand" from the "Tools" pane (I am using default settings)

4a.) Next click on a portion of the painted layer on the canvas Note that in the picture below there are actually 2 separate colored areas


4b.) If you have multiple areas similar to this, while still using the "Magic Wand", Hold the "Ctrl" key and click on the other portions not yet selected


5.) Now with each of your separate colored areas selected, go back to the "Layers" pane and remove the check-mark from this layer so it is hidden.

This should automatically put the focus on the bottom layer and the same portions of the canvas that were selected from the color layer should be selected on our background layer


6.) With our area selected we may now use 1 of 2 different methods:

a.) Go to the menus and "Hue/Saturation" as shown:


Adjusting the sliders on the resulting dialogue box will give us a couple results:



If you are dissatisfied with any of the results that you may obtain using this method, then instead try this:

b.) Go to the menus and select "Grayscale on Colored Paper":


From the resulting dialogue box, select a color from the color wheel and adjust the sliders to your liking:


I hope you find these methods useful as well.

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