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I have a logo which has an outline around it. I have recoloured this outline by using the magic wand tool. Originally it was a navy colour and I have replaced it with orange. When I zoom right in I am concerned I can see minor traces of the navy. To counteract this I thought I could use the wand tool again to select the path and then add a 'boarder' to this path of the same colour, making it thicker but getting rid of the navy traces.

I had a look and couldn't seem to do it, it just made the orange go and in its place was a white path with a thin outline?!

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Depending on the specifics of the logo image,

it may be better to use the recolor tool on the original

without the use of the Magic Wand tool.

There may be other ways to do this.

If you can post the actual image that you are working on

it will help towards getting the best suggestions.

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Depending on the specifics of the logo image,

it may be better to use the recolor tool on the original

without the use of the Magic Wand tool.

There may be other ways to do this.

If you can post the actual image that you are working on

it will help towards getting the best suggestions.

It's a version of this logo: http://www.mohockeyyd.org/images/LogoStLouisRockets.JPG essentially.

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The Recolor tool works pretty well for this.

Use the Color Picker tool (Eyedropper icon) first.

Right-click the blue, then left-click the orange

to set your secondary and primary colors.

Then use the Recolor tool with left mouse button down.

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The Recolor tool works pretty well for this.

Use the Color Picker tool (Eyedropper icon) first.

Right-click the blue, then left-click the orange

to set your secondary and primary colors.

Then use the Recolor tool with left mouse button down.

How is that different to the magic wand tool, and also how 'fussy' is the replace colour - if there are different tones of the blue would it not only replace the one you specify?

Thanks for your assitance thus far :)

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The cleanest way of changing the color would be to use an alpha mask to separate the outline from the object. Then use Silhouette Plus to change the outlines color to Orange and to reset the color of the object, then merge the outline and the object back together.

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Thanks for the reply Mike. I'm somewhat of a novice with Paint.net, but keen to clean this up as best I can. I tried to follow a guide to alpha masks from the wiki but I got a 404 - can you point me in the direction of one please or perhaps expand on your post as I'm not sure where to start!

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If you do want the orange all the same, try this:

Duplicate the logo layer.

Then:

Adjustments > Black and White

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Primary color - Black

Use the Color Picker tool with a right-click on

the dark gray that used to be navy-blue.

Use the Recolor tool to turn it black.

Next, use Color Picker, right-click the gray that used to be orange.

Use the Recolor tool to turn it all black.

The logo should be all black and white now.

This is your Alpha Mask.

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Make a new layer fill it with white.

Above that make a new layer filled with orange.

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Load the mask layer into the Clipboard.

Ctrl A

Ctrl C

Esc

Apply the Alpha Mask effect to the orange layer

with all boxes checkmarked.

Apply dpy's AA's Assistant at default settings.

Done.

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Alpha Mask

AA's Assistant

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I actually want to replace the existing orange with green and the navy with orange (probably) perhaps a different colour.

I'll be sure to try your method later on though. Presumably with it all one colour I could use the wand to select the outline and make it what ever colour I liked - safe in the knowledge it's a solid block of colour and not graduated.

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Alternately, you could prepare the mask as described,

and duplicate the mask layer.

On one mask layer paint white whatever you don't want to be orange.

On the other, paint white whatever you don't want to be green.

This way you can make the green and orange parts of the image

in two separate Alpha Mask operations and avoid using the Magic Wand.

Using the Magic Wand tends to destroy any anti-aliasing,

resulting in jaggy edges.

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