Accurately adjusting a color in Photoshop

In Photoshop, what is the best way to make this woman's sweater purple while not having it look like complete BS?

I'm using CS5

 woman with yellow sweater
MarisaWeb DesignAsked:
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David BruggeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are a lot of ways to go about this, but whenever I can, I like to use non-destructive methods so that I can come back later and make changes.

For this example, I used a hue/saturation adjustment level to turn the sweater purple. I wasn't concerning myself with the look of the rest of the image, I was just concentrating on the sweater color. I started with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment level
There are many ways to make selections. I simply used the Magic Select tool to give me a good first guess and used the selection to make a mask. Then I used the paint brush to adjust the mask to make it work better.Applay a layer mask to hid the color change in unwanted areas.
Sometimes you want the shade of the sweater to be darker or lighter than the original, not just a different hue. The Hue/Saturation dialogue box has a slider for lightness and darkness, but it is a rather clumsy tool that doesn't allow fine tuning. Instead, I added a levels adjustment layer. If I needed even finer adjustments, I could have added a curves adjustment layer. After making the adjustment layer, I dragged a copy of the mask from the Hue/Satureation layer to the Levels layer and adjusted it with the paintbrush.

The darkening of the image caused the colors to become too saturated in the shadows. To counter that, I added another Hue/Saturation Adjustment level, this time adjusting only the saturation. Then I filled the whole mask with black and with a soft white paint brush, painted out the areas that were too saturated. Levels layer and and another Hue/Saturation layer
Anyway, that's the way I would do it.
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