How Do I Replace a Color in Photoshop CC?

How Do I Replace a Color in Photoshop CC?

How Do I Replace a Color in Photoshop CC?

Photoshop CC is a powerful tool that allows you to make various adjustments to your images. One of the most common tasks in Photoshop is replacing colors. Whether you want to change the color of an object or correct an unwanted hue, Photoshop provides several tools and techniques to help you achieve your desired results.

The Color Replacement Tool

The Color Replacement Tool is a handy feature in Photoshop that allows you to replace one color with another. To access this tool, follow these steps:

  • Select the Color Replacement Tool from the Tools panel.
  • Choose the desired brush size and hardness from the options bar.
  • Select the foreground color you want to replace with by clicking on the color swatch in the options bar.

Once you have set up your options, follow these steps to replace a color:

  1. Select the layer where you want to apply the color replacement.
  2. Click and drag over the areas containing the color you want to replace. The Color Replacement Tool will automatically sample colors from your image as you paint.
  3. Release the mouse button and Photoshop will replace the selected color with your chosen foreground color.

Note: It's always recommended to work on a duplicate layer when making any changes, so you can easily revert back if needed.

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

If you prefer a non-destructive method for replacing colors, using adjustment layers is a great option. The Hue/Saturation adjustment layer allows precise control over individual colors in your image. Here's how:

  1. Select the layer you want to apply the color replacement to.
  2. Click on the "Create new fill or adjustment layer" icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose "Hue/Saturation".
  3. In the Properties panel, click on the "Colorize" checkbox to enable color replacement.
  4. Adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness sliders to achieve your desired color.

You can also use the Targeted Adjustment tool (the hand with an arrow icon) to directly click and drag on specific areas in your image to adjust their color.

Selective Color Adjustment

The Selective Color adjustment allows you to replace colors based on their specific color channels. This technique is particularly useful for Targeting specific colors in your image.

  • Click on the "Create new fill or adjustment layer" icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose "Selective Color".
  • In the Properties panel, select a color channel from the dropdown menu (e.g., Reds, Yellows, Greens).
  • Adjust the sliders to replace specific colors within that channel.
  • Experiment with different channels and slider adjustments until you achieve your desired results.


    Replacing colors in Photoshop CC is a straightforward process with various tools and techniques at your disposal. Whether you prefer using direct tools like Color Replacement or non-destructive methods like adjustment layers, Photoshop offers flexibility in achieving accurate color replacements. Remember to practice on duplicate layers and experiment with different settings until you achieve your desired outcome.