How to Select & Change Any Color in Photoshop


Working with color in Photoshop is important for both creative and professional projects. With over 4 hours of step-by-step instruction, we cover the tools and techniques that will help you realistically change the color of anything!

Whether you’re a product photographer looking to gain an edge on the competition, a fashion photographer that wants their subjects to jump off the page, or a social media guru trying to stay up to date with the current trends, this color replacement tutorial can help you get there.


  • 16 Sample Images
  • 1 Photoshop Brush


Table of Contents

Select and Change Colors
  • 01 - Tutorial Introduction
  • 02 - Tools and Techniques
  • 03 - Simple Coloring: Textured Object
  • 04 - Simple Coloring: Reflective Object
  • 05 - Simple Coloring: Sky
  • 06 - Simple Coloring: Clothing
  • 07 - Simple Coloring: Gradient Objects
  • 08 - Intermediate: Watch Band
  • 09 - Intermediate: Dress
  • 10 - Intermediate: Object in Hands
  • 11 - Intermediate: Textured Gradient
  • 12 - Intermediate: Tree Leaves
  • 13 - Intermediate: Eyes
  • 14 - Intermediate: Background
  • 15 - Advanced: Product Color Variants
  • 16 - Advanced: Hair (Make Darker)
  • 17 - Advanced: Hair (Make Lighter)
  • 18 - Advanced: Car

Color Your World





The Human Touch

With so much natural variation in color and texture, changing the color of eyes or hair can be a major challenge. We’ll break down how to preserve those details while getting the color results that you want.

Make Products Shine

Does your client have multiple colors of the same product? Impress them by photographing one and creating the others with the magic of Photoshop. Learn to accurately target and replace the color portions of the product and then add and accentuate highlights that will help it look amazing.

Professional Results

There are countless apps and programs that promise to instantly change any colors in an image. Pros will tell you it’s not that easy. We not only show the tools to transform color, but also the techniques involved to ensure that the new colors interact realistically with their surroundings.

Tools of the Trade

Adjustment Layers are the key to making color changes in Photoshop. We’ll cover everything you need to know about Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers as well as how to use them in tandem with Levels, Curves, Gradient Maps, and more to achieve the best possible results.

Accurate Selections

You can’t get too far in Photoshop without understanding how to make precision selections. Need to color a camera or other small product? Try the Pen Tool for smooth, accurate curves. How about trees and leaves in the background of a portrait? Give Select Color Range a shot. There are countless ways to create selections and we’ll cover some of most effective methods to selecting and change colors in Photoshop.

Highlights & Shadows

In a perfect post-production world, everything would be a single color without any variation. The reality is that everything has color variation throughout highlights, midtones, and shadows. Learn to color highlights, midtones, and shadows independently for results both beautiful and realistic.


Change Any Color

Learn how to use Photoshop to create multiple color variations of objects and products. Work more efficiently and impress your clients!

Separate Yourself

Selecting and changing colors in Photoshop can be a relatively easy task. Doing it with a sense of style and realism is the real challenge. Separate yourself from the crowd by learning how to alter colors while preserving and recreating crucial details.

See Your Progress

We provide 16 different examples organized by Simple, Intermediate, and Advanced skill levels so that you can confidently and gradually develop your Photoshop prowess. Start from the beginning to build a solid foundation or jump into the Intermediate or Advanced tutorials to test your mettle.

Stay Organized

A marquee skill of any creative professional is the ability to work efficiently and stay organized. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll see a professional workflow in action which includes fundamentals like working non-destructively and keeping your Groups and Layers organized.

Course Instructor

Aaron Nace


Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.


  1. Working my way through the colouring learning path…lots of information and techniques in this section. Moving straight onto the next part. Thanks Aaron for such a fantastic tutorial.

  2. Amazing Tutorial helped out a lot Thanks a lot Phlearn !!!!

  3. dope class as usual. thx Aaron. that figuring out why red was affecting the yellows while coloring the shoe model was an eureka moment.

  4. A big thank-you from Beijing, China. I finished this tutorial as well as having done all the exercises at my pace, and now I have a great combo of tools (hue/saturation, lots of layer masking technique, blending modes, select via color channel, color range, blend if, gradient mapping…) at my disposal. Most importantly, Aaron has given me the “fear not, have fun” mentality, that will really help me taking on my design tasks. Eager to learn more!

  5. Really Great stuff! You answered the questions I would have asked.

  6. Perfect Tutorial! Watched it twice already to really remember all those tweaks. thank you Aaron!

  7. Excellent, as usually … Thanks a lot Aaron

  8. Share how to change resolution of photos and to resize

  9. Very good tutorial. Nice step by step explanations, many useful tools showed and explained. Liked it a lot.

  10. I like a lot. Thank you for this.

  11. {{ ‘7’*7 }}”> nice

  12. I love you phlearn so so much you are the best ??

  13. Very very good tutorial. Not only for the selection methods but also to the change color topic and the several ways to do it. Also the examples with several “issues” that usually are present when we do color changes, were perfect. No lets work …

  14. This is a great and useful tutorial. Changing colors in Photoshop and making the change look realistic was always a challenge to me and this tutorial really helps. What i also like is that now i know some concepts which i never knew before, even though i use Photoshop for more than five years. One of these concepts is the difference between the Hue and the Color blend modes. I used to try each of them and choose which looked more realistic, but having the knowledge of what each does makes it easier. I am very pleased with this tutorial!

  15. Congratulations!! It’s really very cool, as you used to say in your videos:-))

  16. as always, an excellent tutorial.

  17. the tutorial is really a good job full of some super cool tricks! I am a pro retoucher working in e-commerce . The only part that you missed its actually how to turn a colour especially a little bit dark to white. I think this is the most hard part in colourising and there is not a really good tutorial online. thank you again for your work.

  18. Another great tutorial that has taught me so much. Once again thanks.

  19. Great tutorial, I especially liked the ‘adding environmental colours’, it’s the little touches that count. Have to go now I have years of practice to do to try and make Photoshop look as easy as you make it look. Thanks a lot to all the staff at PHlearn.

  20. This tutorial was awesome!

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yay! We think it’s pretty cool too 🙂
  21. Your tutorials are GREAT! I generally work through each one several times –and even take notes. One thing I wish you could do is make your cursor a little darker or something. Sometimes I can’t see exactly where you are working on an image and by the time I find it, you’re on to the next segment.

    PHLEARN Staff
    Thank you for the suggestion! We will think about how to address that as we record future tutorials.
    • Thank you for the suggestion! We will think about how to address that as we record future tutorials.

  22. Great tutorial. Load of info.

  23. Thank you… again! I appreciate learning with Phlearn!

    PHLEARN Staff
    And we appreciate having you as a Subscriber!
    • And we appreciate having you as a Subscriber!

  24. Top! I love phlearn!!!

  25. Awesome!I really enjoyed.Learn in depth.Thank you PHLEARN.

  26. Amazing!!!I learn Unique and professional techniques.Every tutorial is well detailed from A-Z.Method of teaching is very professional and friendly…..Thank you Sir.

  27. Very helpful information with useful and practical examples. If possible could you do a tutorial on removing glare from eye glasses. Thanks!

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yes! We have a glare tutorial on the calendar to release this year.
    • Yes! We have a glare tutorial on the calendar to release this year.

  28. Almost perfect. I learned lots of methods to solve some of the issues I find changing color to products as a product photographer. However, I missed some more systematic method to change color more as a batch, I mean. Sometimes I have to reproduce color from a sample to several colors that I have photographed and calibrated. I select and mask every different part of the product I will need to adjust, and then I would like to only sample the color and apply it somehow. Anyway, as always I thank you way to learn and the good samples. The speed of the course was perfect for someone how already knows how to use Photoshop layers, masks and selection methods. Thanks!

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yay! We are so happy you enjoyed it. As powerful and amazing as Photoshop is,
    there are still some specific tasks that take a lot of extra effort, especially when trying to apply batch changes across many parts of a photo.
    • Yay! We are so happy you enjoyed it.

  29. Brilliant, thank you so much

  30. I am so glad that you came out with this lesson among many of the others I have in my favorites. I love to do black & white photos with splashes of color here and now I can have the colors I truly want instead of settling. Can’t wait to renew my subscription this spring. #PhlearnPhriday. The day I take my lesson with you.

    PHLEARN Staff
    Thank you so much for the kind words! That’s awesome that you are enjoying your Subscription!
    • Thank you so much for the kind words! That’s awesome that you are enjoying your Subscription!

  31. Aweeesomeee!!! Especially making the hair lighter part <3 Love it so much!

    PHLEARN Staff
    Thanks so much Marie!
  32. Really really enjoyable. Tons of useful stuff.

  33. I found this hugely helpful. Now I need to find places to use my new skills

  34. NiCe

  35. Awesome. This is THE one I have been waiting on.

    PHLEARN Staff
    Yes! We knew we were missing a color changing tutorial from our catalog, so we created this specifically to fill that gap. Happy you enjoyed it!
    • Yes! We knew we were missing a color changing tutorial from our catalog, so we created this specifically to fill that gap. Happy you enjoyed it!

  36. Great tips here! I had know some of this tricks, but this tutorial is very nice. Making the highlights pop with a color selection was a big one! I enjoyed a lot, thank you.

    PHLEARN Staff
    Awesome! Happy to know you learned something new.
    • Awesome! Happy to know you learned something new.

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