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Learn How to Change or Replace a Color in Lightroom!

In this video tutorial for Lightroom Classic, as well as for Lightroom 4, 5 and 6, I show you how to shift a color to another, and how to completely replace it. We’ll use the HSL panel, and then a few powerful options in the adjustment brush. This video does assume basic experience with the adjustment brush.

How to Replace Color in Lightroom

For best quality, after hitting Play click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 1080/HD.

A note for advanced users – read after watching the video: After I show you how to replace the green with pink and then blue, I explain that the Saturation slider in the adjustment brush can’t be used to further intensify the blue. Some viewers have asked if I can right-click on the adjustment pin, choose Duplicate Adjustment, and then increase saturation in the duplicate, to +100, for example. This +100 however just offsets the -100 saturation of the underlying adjustment, leaving saturation at 0, and the birdhouse once again has a green base.  I also did think of using the Blue saturation slider in the HSL panel to intensify the blue – but it doesn’t work because HSL can’t see or affect a Color adjustment!

2018-04-25T10:18:39+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|12 Comments


  1. CON NADEAU April 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Great video, Laura. I never knew you could change color in LR, and so easily. Your directions and accompanying video were simple and direct and easy to understand. Nothing extra-yea! Thank you.

    • Laura Shoe April 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Con – thank you for your note!

  2. salsaguy April 23, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Great job as always L.S. Thanks

    • Laura Shoe April 24, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, and thank you, salsaguy!

  3. John Woodman April 24, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    As always, clear and concise. I must be improving because I could anticipate where you were heading with the brush/desaturation technique!

  4. Bob Mc April 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    After the desaturation, If you right click on the button, you have the option to duplicate the brush mask. On that layer you can both add color and use the saturation slider to effect.

    • Laura Shoe April 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Good point, Bob – but you’ll find that the saturation slider won’t work as you expect – positive sat will just undo the negative sat of the underlying adjustment, turning the birdhouse back to having a green base.

  5. john long April 25, 2018 at 1:47 am - Reply

    simple but effective, thanks. always love your videos and explanations as so clear.

    • Laura Shoe April 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, John – and thank you!

  6. roy rubeli April 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    nicely done–short and sweet

  7. Dianna April 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing I didn’t know you could change colour in Lightroom…Your description was easy to follow…:)

    • Laura Shoe May 3, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Dianna!

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