Many times we have a single color image such as an icon or logo whose color needs to be changed. One might fear that they need a professional or premium tool for such a task. But this is not the case. With free tools like GIMP, you can easily change the color of your images and text in PNG format. Let’s see how to recolor images using GIMP in this article.
If you’re not familiar with Photoshop, GIMP is a great alternative. You can use GIMP to change the color of logos, icons, etc. Whether your transparent image is black or another color, GIMP will help you recolor it easily.
There are three methods for recoloring PNG images in GIMP. The first two methods will replace the entire image with a single color, and the last method will help you add different colors. Let’s start.
Method 1: Change the color using Colorize in GIMP
In this method, we will use the Colorize function in GIMP to change the color of an image or transparent text. Let’s check the steps:
Step 1: Launch GIMP and open your PNG image, preferably with a transparent background using File> Open. If your image has a background, know how to change the background color to transparent in GIMP. Then continue.
2nd step: Click on the Colors option present in the top bar. Choose Colorize from the menu.
Step 3: The Colorize window opens. Click on the color to display the list of available colors.
Then choose the color and click Ok to add the color to your image.
Step 4: Click File> Export As to save your image. The export window appears. Make sure to save the image in PNG format by adding the extension .png to the image name, otherwise you will lose the transparency of your image. Click Export to save it.
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Method 3: Replace the color with multiple colors using the bucket fill tool
In the above methods, the entire image or text has been replaced with a single color. What if you want to add different colors to different parts of your image? This method will help you do this. Let’s check the steps:
Step 1: In GIMP, open your image whose color needs to be changed.
2nd step: To select the visible part of your image, right-click the image layer in the Layers Dock. Select Alpha for selection.
Step 3: Choose your favorite color as the foreground color in the Color selection box.
Step 4: Click the Bucket Fill tool to activate it. Then click on the part of the image to which you want to add the color.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other parts of your image, choosing a different foreground color each time.
Here’s what the image used in Method 2 looks like using this method:
Step 5: Finally, save the image from File> Export As. Don’t forget to save the image with a .png extension.
Tips for replacing color in GIMP
Here are two tips for best results while changing color in GIMP.
Use the selection tools
Instead of selecting the entire image as shown in the methods above, you can select part of your image using different selection tools such as the blurred selection tool and the color selection tool. The first will select a contagious region by color, and all regions with a similar color will be selected by the color selection tool. Once the required part has been selected, change its color using one of the methods mentioned above.
In methods 2 and 3, you can fill your image with a pattern instead of a solid color. To do this, select Fill with pattern. Then choose a pattern and fill it in the selected part of the image by clicking on it.
Point: The pattern used in the screenshot was created in GIMP. Learn how to tile an image and use it as a template in GIMP.
Adding a shadow to the text creates a fascinating effect. Learn how to add shadow to text in GIMP from the following link.
Last updated Jul 6, 2020
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