A lot of gamers play Final Fantasy XIV to kill iconic bosses and to experience that excellent storyline, while other players find it's quite interesting in sculpting the perfect appearance. Well, it's quite important to learn how to dye armor for those who want to be fashionistas, and all it just takes a little bit of FFXIV Gil and the right equipment.
Here are the general steps, first of all, purchase dyes from vendors or the market, and secondly use them on applicable armor.
First of all, let's begin with a disclaimer, shall we? In fact, not every piece of armor can be dyed in Final Fantasy XIV. Of course, most equipment can be, but a decent choice of dungeon and raid gear can not (although some sets accept dyes once they are boosted a bit, however, that is a lesson from another post). Before you go crazy with dye-fever and rush the local Dyemonger in Limsa, please keep in mind to check to see if the armor you want to dye can really be dyed.
It's quite simple to do so: please take a look at the icon for that piece of equipment and check if there is an empty (or, on some occasions colored-in) orb in the top-right corner. That orb, in fact, shows that item can be dyed, and if you see a plus-sign up there, that means the gear has been glamoured, and you are already six steps ahead of this guide and starting on the next one (yet, to conclude this train of thought, if something is glamoured then you can dye it so long as the item that was used to create the glamour can be dyed).
Moving forward, if you have the requisite armor, that means you will need to purchase a dye. Before doing so, you might want to see what that armor looks like with different kinds of dyes for you to pick up the right color better. All you need to do is just right-click the icon for that item on PC platform, or just tap X/Square on a controller with the item highlighted to bring up the sub-command menu. In it, you will see the "DYE" option (and if you do not do so, then that item can not be dyed.) And yes, this choice will allow you to dye your armor once you own some dye, but you also can preview all the dyes in-game.
Please keep in mind that the preview will only show dye on the item you have already chosen initially. At the bottom of your character portrait within the dye menu is a round icon that looks like a paint can next to a person. And that person icon will show all your equipped items, and for the paint, that will apply the chosen dye to all armor for previewing purpose (this does not actually apply the dye to each item once you own dye, and that has to be done one item at a time.)
Okay, now you have already figured out what dye you want most, now you need to purchase it. There are several common dyes found at vendors in the game, and Dyemongers in the markets of the main city-states peddle these wares. That link is for the 'monger in Limsa', but it has listed all the common dyes on the page. Here I am warning you that DO NOT BUY THESE DYES FROM THE MARKET BOARD! A lot of players grossly inflate the price of these dyes, preying on the ignorance of new players. Well, now you are no longer ignorant.
That said, there are other dyes that have to be made by a crafter, and short of leveling one yourself, that means, you will need to go to the Market Board for these. Of course, sometimes retainers can come back with some quite fancy dyes, but now, you are better off purchasing what you really need than just waiting on that dice roll to land in your favor. As long as you have purchased your dye then you can return to the dye menu you used to preview dyes earlier and then apply it to the item you selected. And for the little orb (or plus-sign for glamoured armor), that will fill in with your selected dye to show which dye is on that item currently.
You also can dye additional items with the "Select Another Item" button at the bottom of this menu, instead of closing it and button pressing/right-click the next piece from your character sheet. Once you run out of dye, then you should aware that the green check-mark next to color will turn into a scarlet cross, which means that you do not have any more of that dye in your inventory. Please notice how I said "INVENTORY". Dye hides in your retainer's vault, pocketed away in a chocobo bag, or anywhere that is not your regular inventory can not be used. Therefore, a quite simple solution: put the dye in your inventory when you have plan to use it.
Well, that is the long and short of dyeing armor in the game of Final Fantasy XIV. In fact, it is not the most difficult ability to perform, but it does lean into the next cosmetic nightmare: the glamour system. If you are a new player and mainly focus on saving a lot of Final Fantasy XIV Gil and reaching level 20 with at least one class before you stress either dyes or glamours. As for everyone else with a quite healthy stockpile of Final Fantasy 14 gil, go crazy! Synchronize those colors or just look like a hungover clown; put it on to impress yourself.