View Full Version : How to color match two completely different photos!

10 October 2005, 02:39 AM
I am trying to use some photos as source images for texturing a model. One source image is that of an elephant the other is a turtle.

The turtle has a greenish and yellow coloring pattern, and the elephant has a brown coloring pattern.

How can I re-color my elephant so that it matches the turtle? Because I like these colors...

Please help! I do know photoshop, but I've spent several hours tonight unable to get results I liked.

10 October 2005, 03:29 AM
hmmm, kind of a tuff one. I would recommend using your selective color tool. Mess around with the settings untill you match the turtle. Maybe go into the yellows and bring down the magenta and bring up the cyan. Oh make sure to take your eyedropper readings so that you have numbers to match to. Hope that works!!


10 October 2005, 09:01 AM
Post images so we can see what are you talk about.

10 October 2005, 01:30 PM
Thanks guys. I've got to go out this morning, but will post the images in a couple of hours.

10 October 2005, 01:54 PM
You might be able to use the Match Color tool if you have Photoshop CS. Open up your two images, make sure that the Elephant is the active image, then go to Image > Adjustment > Match Color. It will bring up a dialog box asking for the source image, this is where you select the turtle as the source. Sometimes this works and sometimes not, you might have to crop the turtle image down to just the colors that you want for it to work better.

10 October 2005, 04:28 PM
color match

10 October 2005, 04:41 PM
rather than cropping you might want to masque the turtle ...and it might help to choose one of the channels to work with!

10 October 2005, 07:13 PM
reven: thanks!

roguenroll: thanks for the tutorial! Is that one free?

Velk: An actual feature in Photoshop called "match color" how could I have missed that!! :eek:

Licanin: Here are the images!

The elephant: (

The turtle: (

My first attempt at color matching. I have to select just the elephant so it wasn't confused by the tree (I don't care about the trees). (

What do you think? Can I match it better then that. It looks a little to yellow, and not enough of the green.

10 October 2005, 07:35 PM
You could now use a Levels adjustment layer to bring out more of the green...
Or you could use a Hue and Saturation color layer to do the same...
Or... Well you get the idea

10 October 2005, 07:48 PM
curve adjustment

10 October 2005, 07:51 PM
roguenroll: thanks for the tutorial! Is that one free?


yes, here the direct link

10 October 2005, 08:36 PM

This is what I got in couple of minutes. Do selection on both images and then apply match colour on elephant

10 October 2005, 12:09 AM
also double check your colors with the eyedropper. For instance, compare the color percentages on a shadow area on one image against an equal shadow value on the second image. This will tell you if you need to add more red or blue, etc.

10 October 2005, 04:36 PM
Thanks guys!

That did the trick. I'm getting results now.

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