How To Key Out A Color In Photoshop

Adobe’s widely used image editing software, Photoshop, has a variety of helpful tools and capabilities that enable us to modify images according to our preferences. Among these tools is the ‘Color Range’ tool, which enables us to remove a specific color from an image. In this blog post, we will provide a detailed tutorial on how to effectively use the ‘Color Range’ tool in Photoshop.

Step 1: Open Your Image in Photoshop

Launch Photoshop on your computer and open the image from which you want to remove a specific color. Navigate to ‘File’ > ‘Open’ and choose your desired image.

Step 2: Select the ‘Color Range’ Tool

Once the image is open, go to the ‘Select’ menu at the top of the screen and choose ‘Color Range’. A ‘Color Range’ dialogue box will appear.

Step 3: Choose the Color to Key Out

In the ‘Color Range’ dialogue box, you will see various options. Click on the ‘Sampled Colors’ drop-down menu and select the color you want to remove from the image. You can use the ‘eyedropper’ tool to sample the color directly from your image.

Step 4: Adjust the Fuzziness and Range

These two sliders control the sensitivity of the color selection. The ‘Fuzziness’ slider will adjust how many similar colors are selected, while the ‘Range’ slider will control how much of the selected color is removed. Experiment with these settings until you get the desired result.

Step 5: Key Out the Color

Once you’re happy with your color selection, click ‘OK’ to close the ‘Color Range’ dialogue box. The selected color will now be highlighted in your image. To key out this color, press the Delete key on your keyboard. The selected color will be removed, and the area will become transparent.

If you wish to fill this area with another color, simply select the ‘Paint Bucket’ tool, choose your new color, and click on the transparent area. The color will be replaced.


And that’s it! You now know how to key out a color in Photoshop. This technique is very useful for removing unwanted colors or replacing them with new ones. It’s a nifty trick that can help improve your image editing skills. Happy Photoshopping!