Colorize vs. Hue

Anyone who’s played with the separate functions of Colorize and Hue has, no doubt, seen that there’s a distinct difference, meaning there may be a reason to choose one over the other. Basically, Hue changes colors individually, while Colorize changes everything into a single color. Since a picture is worth a thousand words…


Original Graphic

Hue slider (still a color array, but they’ve all changed except for the center gray):

Hue slider

Colorize (now it’s all one color, including the center gray):




Hue (colors have changed, but not the grays and blacks):

Photo hue

Colorize (it’s now monochrome–there are no neutrals):

Photo colorized

Is one choice better than the other? Absolutely not. The Hue slider is often the better choice for graphics, but Colorize is usually better for photos. Using Colorize, for example, you can turn a modern, full-color photo into a sepia-tinted old photo. Using the Hue slider on a photo is likely to create something odd (orange eyes, perhaps?) unless you’re going for modern art. However, did you notice what Colorize did to the graphic? It wiped out every color except for red. Even the gray was turned red. Gray is the color of shadows, and so if you have a graphic that contains shading, stick with the Hue slider.

Published in: on December 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm  Comments Off on Colorize vs. Hue  
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