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invert colors in Photoshop?

Photoshop is a handy software for creative photo editing. And inverting the image is one of the ways. You can easily manipulate the color by inverting the color of a photo.

Now you may wonder how you can invert colors in Photoshop?

In this article, you will give a complete guide by which you can invert an object in Photoshop.

What is exactly inverting color?

In simple words, inverting color is a way to change the color of a photo. When you invert the color of an image, it will reverse all the colors of an object to its original form.

Inverting color will also set all the color values to their opposite value in the color wheel. For instance, if you have something in white color, you can make it black. If you have any object in green color, it will make it purple, which is the complete opposite color in the color wheel.

How to invert an object in Photoshop?

To invert an image in Photoshop, you may need to follow certain steps. They are in the following:

Step 1: Open the Photoshop:

First and foremost, you need to launch the Photoshop software on your pc. After that, you need to open the image you want to work with. Before selecting the image, you need to ensure that the image is suitable for the color inversion.

You can easily know by the color differences of the photo whether the photo is too dark or too bright. When you inverse the color of an image, it will replace the color with its opposite color in the color wheel. So, before choosing the photo, you need to keep that in your mind.

Step 2: Open the layer option:

Usually, the layer panel is located on the right side of Photoshop software. But if you can’t find the layer panel in the right sidebar, you need to go to the windows menu and select the layer. Now you need to create a new layer on the top of the original image. This layer is just a color inverted layer.

If you want to invert a particular section of your photo, you can use the selection tool from the left-hand side. But if you need to invert the entire color picture. In that case, you do not need to use the active selection tool.

If you need to invert the color of a complex composition, then you need to create another layer on the top of the base. Then you need to hold the Shift+Ctrl+E to merge your composite. This is how you can merge the composite without changing the base layer.

Step 3: Invert the photo:  

In this step, you need to go to the layer panel. After that, click on the unlabeled “Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer” button. And then choose the invert option from the right bottom menu. After that, you will notice that Photoshop will automatically add the invert adjustment layer over the topmost layer.

If you select a specific portion of your photo before the adjustment, Photoshop will create a layer mask for that inverted chosen layer. And the inverted color will be applied only in the selected area.

Step 4: Arrange the layer stack:

After the adjustment, it is essential to arrange the inverted layer. You need to move the inverted layer up and down and position them properly because the layer positioning will determine the color impact on your file.

Step 5: Toggle the inverted layer:

If you want to apply the adjustment in the entire file, you need to deactivate the mask. You need to click the Shift button on the inverted layer mask to deactivate it. If you want to re-enable the layer mask, you can turn off the eyeball indication from the menu.


The basics of inverting color are pretty simple. Anyone can do it by following some simple steps. You can also follow the procedures mentioned above to invert the color of an image.

However, advanced level editing requires some professional skills. If you need professional editing, you can always seek help from experts. Hopefully, this writing helped you know how you can invert an object in Photoshop.