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How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop

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Learn how to quickly select and change colors in this free Photoshop tutorial!

To learn how professionals replace colors in Photoshop, you should check out more of our PRO coloring tutorials.

Get Started Here: Download the Sample Image

Selecting Color Range

To select out the different Colors, create a New Layer and go to Select – Color Range. Click on the Color you want to sample with the regular Eyedropper Tool. You can play with the fuzziness to get more of an accurate selection. Also, if you need to add or take away from your selection, you can use the Eyedroppers with the plus and minus symbols next to them to do so.

Next, go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue/Saturation. This will load your selection directly into the Hue/Saturation layer so that you can adjust the Hue sliders and change only the Colors you want to change!

Refining Layer Masks

If you have small unwanted parts in a selection, you can always paint over it with a Brush Tool on the Layer Mask.

Quick Tip: If you hold alt/opt and click on a Layer Mask, it will appear as Black and White. This can be very helpful for seeing tiny stray Colors in your selections.


  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    As always — good and fun basic tutorial by PHLEARN! But what if there is a specific color code to change to? What would be the best way to do it?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Where is the link to download the photo? When I load the page there is no downloadable content 🙁

    PHLEARN Staff
  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    hello sir, Thank you…this tutorial is very useful.. but i have a doubt that… how to select the color which gives different color shades because of the light… the color value differs???