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enter image description hereI had tried using photoshop eye dropper tool and methods in GIMP but could not succeed.i have an jpeg image which has text in gray shade . i want to change the gray shade colored text to red colored text . how to do it? in GIMP?

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    can you provide sample image on which you're trying if possible. the basic method to change text color might me very easy or hard depending on the image you trying to change so if possible provide us demo or sample image :) – Mr.Online May 11 at 6:15
  • how shall i attach the image ? – shyna May 11 at 6:44
  • while asking or editing question there is photo frame icon on top bar .that's where you can upload image – Mr.Online May 11 at 8:38
  • i have attached the image . – shyna May 11 at 9:31
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Here's a method using GIMP, in just 2 steps

  1. Click Colors > Levels and create a levels adjustment like this, by clicking and dragging the little triangles in the input levels to the positions as shown. This will darken the text.

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  1. Click Colors > Colorize, choose a red colour, and move the Lightness slider until you get the result you want

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With Gimp:

If you want to keep the washed out look:

  1. Use the color picker to sample the color of the background
  2. Add an alpha channel to the layer (allows it to be transparent) Layer>Transparency>Add alpha channel
  3. Color>Color to alpha and remove the background color. This will also make the characters partially transparent
  4. Add a new layer, bucket fill with the color you sampled at step 1.
  5. Drag that layer below the text layer (this should recreate the initial image)
  6. Select the text layer in the Layers list
  7. Set the alpha-lock on the layer (checkerboard icon at the top of the Layers list)
  8. Bucket fill with color

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For a more colorful look:

  1. Use the color picker to sample the color of the background
  2. Add an alpha channel to the layer (allows it to be transparent) Layer>Transparency>Add alpha channel
  3. Use the color selector to color-select the background
  4. Select>Grow by 2px (the selection will cover the edges of the characters)
  5. Color>Color to alpha and remove the background color.
  6. Select>None
  7. Add a new layer, bucket fill with the color you sampled at step 1.
  8. Drag that layer below the text layer (this should recreate the initial image)
  9. Select the text layer in the Layers list
  10. Set the alpha-lock on the layer (checkerboard icon at the top of the Layers list)
  11. Bucket fill with color

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Use color overlay with blending mode overlay

Nothing to worry if you have basic knowledge of photoshop and if you have black and white layers :)

Just unlock layer if it locked-> double click on layer and select Color Overlay -> select red color and change Blending Mode to Overlay and that's It! followbelow image if you need detailed instruction :)

If you getting light results and if you want to darken it use adjustment layers like Levels and Curves etc.

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  • how to do this in GIMP ? – shyna May 11 at 10:24
  • don't you have photoshop ? if not then maybe billy kerr can help since he knows much about gimp – Mr.Online May 11 at 10:31
  • i dont have photoshop. i dont know billy kerr – shyna May 11 at 10:35
  • Phoenix : thx for enhlightening me – shyna May 11 at 10:35
  • just keep calm and soon you will get answer. many ppls uses gimp here just i don't XD – Mr.Online May 11 at 10:37

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