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Basics: Photoshop Color Replacement Tool

Sometimes you want to change the color of an object but you don’t have time to use complicated and time-consuming techniques. The color replacement tool is the perfect tool to replace colors in Photoshop easily and fast. All you need is to change the foreground color and paint over the object with the color replacement tool.

Tutorial details and resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: Socks image by D. Sharon Pruitt

1. Open the Image

First, open the image you want to edit in Photoshop.

Basics: Photoshop Color Replacement Tool

2. Replace Colors

To replace the color of the socks first change the foreground color with your desired color. Pick the Color Replacement Tool (B) in your toolbar and paint over the socks.

Basics: Photoshop Color Replacement Tool

The Blend Modes

Hue: The hue mode will change only the base color and nothing else.
Saturation: The saturation changes only the saturation. You can reduce the intensity of a color.
Color: The default color mode will change both hue and saturation.
Luminosity: This blend mode will change the brightness similar to your new color.


Tolerance determines the differences between the original color sample. The color is not the same everywhere and usually, the edges have a stronger color. Increase the tolerance to replace colors over edges.

Basics: Photoshop Color Replacement Tool


You can change the color, hue, saturation, and luminosity with color replacement tool. Remember to duplicate your layer before you use this tool. If something goes wrong sometimes “Step Backward” is not enough.