How to Invert Colors in Photoshop

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When you working on a photo, there are some parts of it that would more aesthetic if the colors are inverted. Sometimes it could make your photo look like taken from another dimension — something that we would never see in real life.

This practice is basically turning the original color to the farthest spectrum possible, usually 180°.

For example, the black color turning into white, blue into red, green into purple, and so forth. The feature to invert colors is available in many photo editing software, including Adobe Photoshop.

It’s easy and faster than you thought!

How to invert colors in Photoshop (any versions)

Time Needed : 1 minutes

In this guide, you will learn how to invert photo or object colors within several seconds. You will also learn some recommendations and best practices to make the result look even prettier. It doesn't matter what version of Photoshop do you use, the process is the same.

  1. Open the photo you want to invert in Photoshop. Also, specify the exact layer if there are multiple layers.

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  2. Go to Image > Adjustments > Invert.

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  3. You will see the photo is now inverted.

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  4. It's highly recommended to adjust the Levels by heading to Image > Adjustments > Levels.

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  5. Slide the points based on your needs. Then, click OK.

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  6. The result would look more vibrant.

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  7. You can also add a black-white effect by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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  8. The black-white inverted color is the most popular final style, but it's not mandatory. Feel free to choose your own photo style.

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Tools
  • Adobe Photoshop
Materials
  • Photo

Save the new photo once finished. If you changed your mind, you can always revert the colors by applying the Undo command (CTRL+ALT+Z) or press CTRL+I to revert the invert.

Take a look at the guide How to Make Something Glow in Photoshop. You probably need this particular editing skill in the future.

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