I am trying to change the colour of a brick wall but I do not want it to affect the house and garden or anyother item within the whole document in photoshop. I have tried using adjustment layers, layer masks and clipping masks, but everything I have tried just affects all the layers or groups below. I am going crazy. Does anyone out there know if this is possible?



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If you add a adjustment layer to the layer you want to adjust you then hold the alt-key down while clicking on the adjustment layer. The layer will then move a bit to the right and now only affect the one layer below.


I think you just need to combine some of your methods. The way I would approach this is:

  1. Put the pic you want to edit on one layer
  2. Clone the layer so you have two identical layers
  3. On the top image, use a layer mask to hide everything you want to keep the 'normal' colour.
  4. Now make whatever colour adjustments you want. Your changes will only apply to the front layer, leaving the stuff you wanted to leave unchanged showing through from the back layer.

Once you have it the way you want it, you can merge it back to a single layer if you wanted to.

I think where you might be getting stuck is that you are using adjustment layers to change the colour. These will apply to everything underneath the adjustment layer. Make sure you just adjust saturation, hue, etc or use a layer effect on the layer you want to change.


For example you want to change the color of the bricks as shown below.

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Select the area of bricks of which you need to change the color.

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Press Ctrl+J to create a layer via copy enter image description here

Once the layer is made, as shown in the figure, add the adjustment layer

Make sure the adjustment layer is grouped with the layer below it. All the adjustments will be now applied to the area under that layer.

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Final Image will be something like this:

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