In this article we will be showing you how to invert colors in Photoshop, at times while creating corporate graphics or client projects in Adobe Photoshop, it may be necessary to invert the colors in a file or part of it.
How you create your transformation depends on whether you want to permanently change the colors in your document or include a change that becomes modifiable. Regardless of what type of modification best suits the needs of your project, Photoshop’s tools and techniques will suit your retouching goal.
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First Method To Invert Colors In Photoshop
1. Open an image in Photoshop. Be sure that the image lends itself to color inversion. The change will be very dramatic if the image is too dark or light. Understand that inversion will replace each color with its corresponding opposite: the brightness value of each pixel is converted to its inverse value on the 256-step color value scale. Consider whether the photo will be more or less powerful once inverted. If you’re not sure, it can’t hurt to try!
2. Open the Layers panel. Open the “Window” menu and select “Layers” to display the Layers panel if you do not see it already. Remember; you don’t change the colors of the original image file – you create an inverted color layer on top of the base.
If you want to invert colors in a particular image area, use selection, lasso, marquee, and magic wand tools to highlight the area you want to invert. If you want to invert colors in the entire image, an active selection is not required.
If you invert a complex composition, you can add a new layer on top of the layer stack. Then press Shift+Ctrl+E to create a blended version of your entire composite without modifying the deeper layers.
3. Invert the image. Click the button without the label “Create new fill or Adjustment layer” at the bottom of the layer panel; you can find the right button by moving over the options. Select “Invert” from the menu that appears. Photoshop adds the “Invert Adjustment” layer to the stack directly above the top active layer after adding the adjustment.
If you made a selection before adding the adjustment, Photoshop creates a layer mask for the Invert layer. The program inverts the colors in the area you selected.
4. Arrange the inverted layer. Drag the inverted layer up or down to the layer stack in a new position. Each layer only works on lower layers, so the position of the valve determines the impact on the file.
5. Toggle the reverse layer on and off. Shift + click on the layer mask applied to the Invert adjustment layer to turn off the mask and apply the adjustment to the entire file. Click the layer mask icon to re-enable snapping. To turn off the adjustment itself, turn off the eyeball indicator on the left edge of the Invert Level list.
6. Try working side by side with the inverted and non-inverted images. After inverting a photo, choose “Take New Snapshot”. Keep each photo open on a separate tab. In this way, you can work with the original image and inverted image.
Second Method (Using Keyboard Key Ctrl+I or Cmd + I)
1. Know the inversion command. Color inversion in Photoshop is as easy as Ctrl+I or Cmd+I, but there are a few things you need to check your file and layers before you can get the inversion of the colors exactly where you want. To invert the whole photo, open the image in Photoshop and press Ctrl+I or Cmd+I.
2. Invert the colors on a specific layer. If you want to invert the colors of a specific layer in a Photoshop file, select the layer and make sure it’s rasterized. Alternatively, right-click on the layer label (in the layer list) and select “Raster Layer”. After ensuring that the layer is rasterized, you can press Ctrl + I to invert all the colors visible at the layer.
This layer can only be run at a time. This will not work if you have more selected layers.
This step must be performed after resizing the layer or image to your desired size. Enlarging a photo after rasterization may result in pixelation and loss of resolution.
3. Inverting specific parts of a layer. To invert specific parts of a layer, you can select the layer and select the part you want to invert using several selection tools available in Photoshop: try the Rectangle, Lasso, or Magic Wand. Add or subtract portions to your selection as you wish. When you’re happy with the selection area you’ve created, press Ctrl+I to invert.
You can also select and transform multiple portions one by one. However, if you accidentally select a previously inverted part a second time, this series of pixels returns to its original color. It is, therefore, better to move to complete selection at the same time. Hope this helps. See you next time! Please try to support vdtips by sharing this post thanks.