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How Do I Change the Color of an Image in Figma?

Last updated on November 27, 2022 @ 6:09 pm

There are a few ways to change the color of an image in Figma. The first way is to use the fill color tool. With the fill color tool, you can click on any color in the palette and then click on the image to change its color. The second way is to use the stroke color tool.

With the stroke color tool, you can click on any color in the palette and then click on the outline of the image to change its color. The third way is to use the paint bucket tool. With the paint bucket tool, you can click on any color in the palette and then click on the image to fill it with that color.

paint bucket tool in Figma

To change the color of an image using the fill color tool, first select the fill color tool from the toolbar. Then, click on any color in the palette and then click on the image to change its color.

fill color tool in Figma

To change the color of an image using the stroke color tool, first select the stroke color tool from the toolbar. You can chose wether to apply it in the center, outside or inside of the image or shape.

stroke tool in Figma

You can also pick from a wide range of colors available by inputting its Hex code and highlighting it more by increasing the number of the border.

Familiarizing with the color tabs in Figma

To properly modify colors and shapes in your design, you must familiarize the tabs you will be using, or else you will be lost! Here are the two of the most used color tabs in Figma that you must know:

  • Sample Colors – This tab shows several samples of colors that are similar to what’s currently selected in Figma (i.e., black or white). You can click here if you want to see what each sample would look like before making any changes!
  • Color Palette – This is where all colors used throughout your design are stored! When working with multiple objects/elements within one file (like images), it’s best to store them together so everything matches up nicely when viewed from afar later down the line.

Figma’s Color Styles: A Guide

Text, backgrounds, and strokes can all be styled with color. Similarly, you can apply color styles to shapes you make in your designs, as well as to elements and sections of the specific website or mobile app you’re working on. Buttons, rectangles, the top and bottom bars, and other shapes are all possible examples.

Images and gradients can also make use of color styles.

Developing your own color scheme

These are the steps in developing a color scheme:

Step #1: Start by making a new shape, then click the Fill button. Douse your layer in the hue of your choosing.

add color to shapes in figma using the fill color tool

Step #2: To open the Color styles modal, hit the button with the four dots.

color styles mode in Figma

Step #3: In the upper right corner of the Color Styles window, select the plus sign (+).

figma option - create color styles

Step #4: After deciding on a name for your style, you can proceed to the next step and click the Create Style button.

3 Reasons why designers use Figma (You should, too!)

Reason #1: Great prototypes.

The core feature of Figma is its ability to create prototypes. It’s simple to pick up and use, has a short learning curve, and offers a wide range of features like overlays, transitions (both in and out), smart animate property, and interactions (long press, hover, after delay, clicks, and so on). Most of the animations also have timers that can be set to different values.

Many different screen layouts are already available, and all you need to share your prototype is a link. You can use your mobile device to show off the prototype with the help of the Figma Mirror app.

In spite of the fact that the Figma prototype is fantastic and simple to use, it still has a long way to go before it is perfect. Other prototyping tools, such as ProtoPie, inVision, and Origami, offer more complex animations with timelines and additional features.

On the other hand, Figma is adequate for presenting the interactions.

Reason #2: You can edit designs online through a web browser.

Figma’s browser-based nature sets it apart from other design tools; all you need to get started is access to the internet and a capable web browser.

In addition, you can keep working if your internet goes out, as your progress will be automatically saved for when you regain access. Figma eliminates the need to worry about compatibility issues between operating systems because all development takes place in the browser. The operating system you’re using is irrelevant.

Both have desktop counterparts, but you can get by just fine using a browser. However, the Figma font helper must be downloaded and installed if you wish to utilize your local fonts while working in the browser. The desktop version already has the fonts installed on your computer.

Reason #3: Great video tutorials online + it’s completely FREE!

The majority, if not all, of Figma’s features are covered in a free video and text tutorial that can be accessed online.

They define every concept available today. Grids, components, and the various tools, colors, etc., are all broken down and explained in detail. My favorite aspect is that in addition to the UX design templates, they also provide tutorials in the form of videos and articles.

The principles of user experience design apply not only to Figma but to UX in general. If you’re completely new to user interface and user experience design, you can learn the fundamentals from their tutorials.

You can still benefit from Figma’s design tutorials even if you don’t end up using the app yourself by switching to Sketch or XD.

PRO TIP: If you are unfamiliar with Figma, we recommend that you do not attempt to change the color of an image. Doing so could result in the loss of important image data.


The use of vibrant hues is crucial to creating an engaging website or mobile app. Figma’s vast array of options means the program has all the hues and tones you’ll ever need to create stunning websites. Moreover, you can make your own colors, giving you virtually unlimited variety.

These techniques demonstrate how to fully exploit the features and capabilities of the popular design program Figma.  Figma will have you creating works of art worthy of exhibition in no time!

Morgan Bash

Morgan Bash

Technology enthusiast and Co-Founder of Women Coders SF.