Sorry I'm going to be a little lazy and ask for suggestions before I've tried anything. (I do not have PS or any decent software where I am, and when I am with my own computer tonight it will be quite late.)
I have received a request to change the color of these curtains from plaid to cream. Anyone have suggestions on the easiest way to do this? I feel like it's going to be hard because of the plaid pattern and that the curtains are not against a solid background. Maybe I'm wrong but if you have any hints I'd love to hear them.
I only have a full-sized JPEG (no raw) and this is cropped and resized as an example shot.
I hope it's OK that I can't volunteer yet what I've tried. I usually would not ask for help without doing so but it's not feasible in this situation. Thanks in advance. :-)
If you want to change the existing curtains, here's one way.
Select a chunk like this, jump it to a new layer (Ctrl-J) and stretch it downward with a transform box:
Mask around the curtains, including leaves on the plant and the piano in the foreground. The stretched red area will cover the darker area below it. Use the transform tool to skew and warp the stretched piece as needed:
Do the same with the other blocks, using the red to cover the darker hue, so you have only reds in the curtain. You'll probably need to do a little clone above that to make the folds flow properly. Then Use hue/sat and curves layers above all of that (same mask) to change the color to beige:
Peano wrote: Taking another look, I think compositing would be far quicker and easier. Any color drapes will do. You can clip a hue/sat layer to it and adjust color, and also a curves layer to control brightness.
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Thanks for the compliments, but this is really a simple operation. If you make a mask like this, you can drop in any curtains you like. The only additional work is to transform and perhaps warp the new curtains to fit.