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I really like the "Replace Color" function in Photoshop, but the one thing that I can't figure out is how I can use it to take a white area and replace with another color. When I move the hue, etc, all it does is show different shades of white.

How can I use Photoshop's color replace tool to replace white with any other darker color (like red or blue)?

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I don't believe the Color Replacement Tools is suited to this.

I suggest you try this: use the Eliminate White filter to make white areas transparent, on a copy of the layer (Ctrl+J). (You may find that applying Layer > Matting > Remove White Matte after this is beneficial). Then, you can paint or fill in what you want on a new layer behind this one. If you used Remove White Matte a solid white fill on the back layer should give you the original layer appearance.

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I see the readme_e.txt says "Apply the filter by choosing "Eliminate White" from the Filter > Transparency submenu." but I don't see that option – barlop Oct 7 '13 at 20:44
@barlop Are you using a 64-bit version of Photoshop? This is a 32-bit filter. I don't know if a 64-bit version exists. – Mr.Wizard Oct 7 '13 at 21:45
I have both, and trying the 32-bit now, the menu is the same as in the 64 bit, so same as with the .png pic from my previous comment, no "Transparency" submenu. And I did copy the filter so I have C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Required\Plug-Ins\Filters\elimwhit.8bf – barlop Oct 7 '13 at 22:29

It very nicely doesn't change the levels or brightness, until you change it. That way, you can adjust the hue only. Lower the lightness first. And raise saturation too if need be.

Fail, that doesn't work. Which left me to do it differently: | Select | Color range | instead, with a bit of feather for blending. Then do the change with the |Image | Adjustments | Hue & Saturation | where there is a colorise button.

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