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I have transparent icons and i want to add color to the images. How do i do that without having to use the magic wand which makes the edges blunt instead of gradient. I want the color to take to the images as they are. Is there a way to do that, cuz i have been in this situations several times and cant seem to figure it out. Thanks so much!

The Arrow image is the icon, and the other is another image that's similar in what I'd like to learn to do, color it, but keep it's gradient outline. I also have an example of what i'd like to do, someone else did the red.34236_2bd1e2c4879e703bbb4880b38ae55e16

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Here's one way.

Make a new layer and fill it with black.

Merge your icon down onto the black layer.

Fill a new layer with the color you want the icon to be.

Use the black and white layer as an Alpha Mask and apply it to the color layer.

You will need the Alpha Mask plugin.

The mask can be re-used to make different colored

copies of the same icon, if you wish.

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could use a whole host of plugins, such as:

  • color tint
    color filter
    color flip/rotate
    grayscale on colored paper
    duotone ink on paper
    monochrome ink on paper
    etc...

I have Vandermotten effects plugin, duotone on gets you so far because the color is pale. Which other plugin would work the best in your opinion.?

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Here's one way.

Make a new layer and fill it with black.

Merge your icon down onto the black layer.

Fill a new layer with the color you want the icon to be.

Use the black and white layer as an Alpha Mask and apply it to the color layer.

You will need the Alpha Mask plugin.

The mask can be re-used to make different colored

copies of the same icon, if you wish.

Im not following you, i need to make three layers to get this effect? Where is the white layer, my image? So what happens after the icon is the color I want, do I have to cut the image out after? If so this will not work. Thank You !!! :wink:

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Here's what you need: My plugin pack (link in sig)

Load your image.

Adjustments > Color Balance (Adjust the sliders until you like the color)

If still not happy...

Adjustments > Hue / Saturation (Adjust the sliders until you like the color)

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could use a whole host of plugins, such as:

  • color tint
    color filter
    color flip/rotate
    grayscale on colored paper
    duotone ink on paper
    monochrome ink on paper
    etc...

Color filter works great, i downloaded Megalopack, and well, I pretty much have everything i can use and more....thank you! It's so great to finally have this ability since it has prevented me from doin lots.

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