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This month we are gonna be working on recoloring you solid elements. I am using photoshop elements 6, and an extracted button
First off open the element you wanna recolor. If it is a one color element like this button, you have to make it gray scale. Press Shift+Ctrl+U
Now we are gonna play with levels, press Ctrl+L. Take the middle arrow and move it so the it is under the highest point in the levels dialog box.
This will either lighten or darken the element, so it is a mid-tone gray, making it easy to recolor. In this case it will lighten the element
Now you wanna open a solid color, on top of the element,
And pick the color you wanna make your element.
Now we have to change the blend mode on the color layer. Usually the best choice is color, but you can play around with it.
Press Ctrl+G to clip the layers together, if you wanna make other colors save like it is now then you just have to press the color layer to change the colors. If you are happy with what you got then press Ctrl+E to merge it to a flat layer.