Hydro Company Logo

I have a couple of company logos that I want to change to color white (to be placed in a black background). This logo is pretty simple enough to just use the pen tool. However, I have some logos that are complex as this one below:

outokumpu company logo

What's the best way of changing these colors with minimal pain? Other solutions that I found is to Recolor with Preset in the Edit action, but that option is greyed out and cannot be used. Please help me out! The struggle is real.

  • Do you have the working file or are you working off a jpg/png/gif?
    – AndrewH
    Apr 2, 2015 at 15:25
  • Hey AndrewH! I am working off a png and jpg files.
    – sylvee
    Apr 2, 2015 at 15:29
  • With raster images it comes down to masking, desaturating, inverting, and levels/curves adjustments (if desired) most of the time.
    – Scott
    Apr 2, 2015 at 17:04

3 Answers 3


Because these are raster images your best bet is to either:

1) Re-create the image to easily change the colors.


2) Bring the images into a photo editor program and change the hue/saturation. There are also plenty of other color changing methods in Photoshop if that is the program you plan to be using.

  • Color Balance
  • Selective Color

If you just want to change the text color (If you do not have the original font) in illustrator that would be much easier. Just go to Object -> Live Trace -> Make. This would work entirely for the first image (font & graphic, however using the pen tool will most likely give better results). The second image you would need the text part of the image as its own separate file.

  • Found an easy fix! youtube.com/watch?v=vaOyLaBaqcE
    – sylvee
    Jul 8, 2015 at 19:25
  • @sylvee if that solution is acceptable then I am happy you found a solution. Just make sure to desaturate the logo first. You can also use a photo filter layer adjustment. There are plenty of ways to change a color of a jpg.
    – AndrewH
    Jul 8, 2015 at 19:38

I can't yet comment on AndrewH's response, because I just got my account, but I would agree that the best way to change the first logo would be to open it in Adobe Illustrator and use the Live Trace/Image Trace tool. There is no "simple" solution for the second, well at least as simple as the first, but a lot of playing around in Photoshop will hopefully get you close. Here is a simple video to get you started:



I know with JPEGS all of the 'Edit Colors' options are grayed out until they are embedded within the project in the Creative Cloud version of Illustrator. It is a major bug that Adobe has yet to correct for some unknown reason.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.