How to Recolor PNG Stamps

Here’s a quick tip that changed my scrapbooking when I learned how to do it:  locking pixels to recolor your PNG stamps.  In the past, I had used the Hue/Saturation slider to recolor my PNG stamps, but wouldn’t always get the color exactly right.  Also, this didn’t help much if I wanted to use more than one color.  But by locking the pixels and using the color picker, my word art always matches perfectly now.  Let me show you how!


Select and Place Your PNG Stamp


Select your PNG and place it on your layout.  Here I am using an awesome new word art by the amazing Karla Dudley from her Life Story March ’14 collection:





Lock Your Pixels


The icon to lock your pixels can be found in the layers palette and looks like a black and white checkerboard.




When you click on it, a little lock will appear in the layers palette next to your PNG layer.




This means the layers are locked and now when you paint on it with your brush tool, only the pixels in the layer will receive the paint, not any of the pixels around it.


Choose a Brush and Color


The next step is to choose a basic hard round brush. Once you have done this, you can choose your color.  There are two ways you can choose your color.  One is to click on the Foreground Color box which can be found in your tools panel:


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This will bring up a Color Picker dialog box and from there you can select any color you want.  Or you can select the Eyedropper Tool from the Tool Panel which looks like an eyedropper:


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Then you can select a color from one of your photos to get an exact match!  How cool is that?!


Start Painting


Once you have your color selected, you can start painting your PNG.  You can change the size of your brush by pressing the bracket keys. Left bracket ( [ ) makes it smaller; right bracket ( ] ) makes it larger.  This is helpful when you want to paint more than one color and need to get into some tight spaces.  When you want to change colors, just select the color you want and paint again!  Easy peasy!


Here’s my finished word art:




Hope you learned something new today!

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  • Barbara March 28, 2014   Reply →

    Thanks for the great tip Jen. I’ve been recoloring my PNGs in a completely different way. I never use the Lock button for anything. That’s going to change now. The way you described is FAR better than the way I’ve been doing it. You’ve changed my workflow. Yay!

    I love learning new tips!

  • Amy in TX March 28, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you! I never knew what that checkerboard was for. I recolor mine by clipping a paper to them, but don’t always have exactly the color I want and couldn’t do multiple colors. This technique is exactly what I needed to know!

  • vivian March 28, 2014   Reply →

    Well, that is right nice. Thanks for sharing this tip!

  • Krista March 28, 2014   Reply →

    Fantastic tip! Thanks

  • Jane March 31, 2014   Reply →

    Great tip! I’ve always duplicated layers and recolored separately or clipped papers. There’s so many more possibilities this way!

  • Mary Kay Seckinger April 11, 2014   Reply →

    Thank you thank you thank you! That is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

  • Vivian May 9, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you for this reminder. I always forget that I can do that!

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