Change the colour of multiple elements in Photoshop

Smith is an expert in branding and interface design. Create a copy
Now with the first icon finished, create a new copy of   the colour swatch and position it   just above the play icon in the Layer panel, which is next in the list group. Keep an eye on the layers panel to give yourself a bearing for which document is currently active. This article originally appeared in   net magazine   issue 257. Open Smart Objects
With all of the colour swatches now in place, double-click any of the colour swatch Smart Objects. You will now see that the title text has taken the colour property of the Smart Object colour   swatch. To do this Alt+click in-between the layers or right-click the swatch layer and choose Create Clipping Mask. The layers include items from a simple iOS7 iPhone app layout: a   title bar and a standard list view with text and icons. The colour of the shape   will be determined by the foreground colour in your tool panel. Copy your smart object
With the Smart Object layer selected, make a copy of your Smart Object colour swatch by holding the Alt key and dragging a   copy of the colour swatch layer to   the top of your Layers panel. Don’t worry if it overlaps. This will give you a smart colour swatch for each element in   the PSD. Every instance of your smart colour swatch will be   updated to its new colour in the   main Photoshop document. Try   using multiple smart colour swatches for keeping a global editable colour palette of your documents’ most used colours. Words:   Matt D. Remember that this method will also work if you’re using   primary and secondary colours within the same document, you’ll   just need to create two different Smart Objects and copy them separately as required for your project. View all the documents
From the menu bar, choose WindowArrangeTile All Vertically. This will allow you to view both documents at once. You can also do this by selecting LayerSmart Objects Convert to Smart Object. 12. This will open the Smart Object in a separate window with the original editable shape layer in the layers panel. 13. Choose some colours
Double-click the colour swatch shape in the Smart Object Layers panel to change its colour. You can alternatively Alt+click in-between the two layers to create a clipping mask more quickly. Your mouse icon will change when your cursor is in position and the Alt key is held. We’ll be creating smart swatches to be used for the title bar background as well as the icons in the list. This technique can save lots of time when you want to experiment with different colour options. Job done
That’s it, you’re done! Starter shapes
Once you’ve opened the Photoshop file, use the Shape tool (U) to draw a rectangle shape on the canvas, holding the Shift key to maintain equal proportions. Save the Smart Object document (Cmd+S). Because the colour swatch is   already stretched to cover all of the icons, you can create a clipping mask without needing to resize the colour swatch. 10. If you haven’t tried it already, Alt+click in-between the smart swatch and the play icon to quickly create a clipping mask. 08. The subtle differences between #ccc and   #aaa are significant enough that you may want to try multiple variations of colours in that range before you find the perfect grey. With your colour swatch in place, create a   clipping mask by right-clicking on the layer and selecting create clipping mask or LayerCreate Clipping Mask. Now stretch the colour swatch until it covers the   entire title. Another way to quickly create a   copy of a layer is by hitting Cmd+J with the layer selected. Now stretch (Cmd+T) the colour swatch vertically to extend past all   the icons in the list. 09. Position your swatch
Select the Move tool (V) and position your colour swatch over the title bar background shape. 11. Layers
Once you’ve got the shape drawn, convert the layer into a Smart Object by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Convert to a Smart Object. Finally, I’ve created a PSD of the final product, which you can download a PSD. 06. 14. .01 Get started
First download the sample project files. It takes a little effort up-front to get the swatches set up, but once everything’s in   place, colour swapping across layers becomes almost instantaneous. Whether you’re working on a website, mobile app or even a brochure layout, there is always a   period of time before you’ve fully locked down your colour palette. Once you’ve got your Smart Object created, double-click the name in   your layers panel and rename it. 04.

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