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BEST WAY TO CLOUR A PURE WHITE AREA OF A PHOTO IN AP

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Depends on the area (size, look etc.). You can try to select and fill the white area, or replace color for that white area etc. There are several ways and possibilities to alter white color image areas.

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Dear v_kyr,

Attached is what I am trying to work on. It is a 550x670 pixels part of an image  and was shot at a very high ISO. I do not like the pure white part and would like to make it similar to the rest of the surrounding fire. What would the best approach be to obtain that result?

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You can try "Layer -> New Adjustment -> Selective Color adjustment", set the panel to "white tones" and untick "relative", adjust the color sliders.

Or duplicate the image layer, then on the duplicate "Filter -> Color -> Remove the white backround". Next make a new pixel layer, drag it below the last layer with the removed white, fill the new empty layer with a gradient overlay to your likings between several orange to yellow colors etc. Add some noise from the noise filter which resamples your fire noise.

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I feel I have seen a video about similar --- had look but haven't found it as yet. Someone may remember 
it was about replacing blown out sky behind trees where a filter was used ---- maybe Filter>colors>erase white paper (??)
I have never tried it but am interested to explore the idea  and if someone can post the link that would be appreciated

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found him 

worked ok with this test but not so well on another file -- one trick could be to use free hand selection tool (??) 
added blue sky to 1st image
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No idea if this will help the OP
 

201812  05297 Lock island-2.jpg

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Dear all,

Many thanks for your replies, all of them will be useful in my trying to learn how to use AP. I am quite conversant with Lightroom but still have to learn how to use layers and the additional tools effectively.So far I have tried V_KYR's two approaches, with my own additions and will try the other approaches soon.

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