Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to Change Icon Color in 7 Steps

As a user experience architect, I do not do visual design myself. However, last month I needed to change the colors of some icons that was handed over to me (from Grey to Blue). I thought that should be simple and straightforward task. I searched online for the Photoshop solution but I did not find anything useful. I found vague responses on StackOverflow, which were least helpful to me.

So, I got in touch with my visual designer friend to demystify the approach. He gave me the solution that was straightforward and simple and worked for mono-colored icons. Here are the steps:

  1. Import the icon in Photoshop.
  2. Using Marquee too, select the area you want to apply the new color to.
  3. Lock the layer.
  4. Select the foreground color by picking on the foreground color icon in left hand tool bar.
  5. Enter the desired color values in the Color Picker dialog box and hit OK.
  6. In "Edit" click on "Fill.." or hit "Shift+F5" to invoke Fill dialog box. Ensure "Foreground Color" is selected in the dropdown menu and hit OK.
  7. Save the image with a different name.
Enjoy changing icon colors!