How to Use Color Swap on Your Canon PowerShot or IXUS Camera

March 9, 2011 / Photography / 15 Comments

I’ve received a lot of queries on how to do Color Swap and Color Accent on Canon cameras on my old entry, A Day with Canon PowerShot SX210 at Universal Studios Singapore.

So I’ve asked the kind folks at Ogilvy (Canon’s PR agency) to provide a step-by-step guide to Color Swap on your Canon PowerShots and IXUS cameras. The Color Accent is fairly similar except that you only need to select one color. As for the other scene modes like Nostalgia and Miniature, they are found under SCN for PowerShot models and P (sometimes displayed as the Camera icon) on IXUS models.

Color Swap on Canon PowerShot models

  1. Set camera mode to SCN
  2. Press the FUNC SET button
  3. Use the Down arrow to move to the “Special Scenes” mode
  4. Use the Left and Right arrows to move to Color Swap
  5. Press on DISP.
  6. Aim the color you want to change from with the small box at the center of your camera’s screen and press the left arrow to select
  7. Aim the camera at the colour you want to change to, and press the right arrow to select
  8. Set the tolerance (-5 will change the exact color you selected; +5 will change colours close to the colour you selected), and then press DISP. to select
  9. Then fire away!

Color Swap on Canon IXUS non-touchscreen models

  1. Set camera to P mode (sometimes displayed as a camera icon in black)
  2. Press func set button
  3. Scroll to find Color Swap, then press func set button to select it
  4. Press DISP. to bring up the two color boxes
  5. Aim the color you want to change from with the small box at the center of your camera’s screen and press the left arrow to select
  6. Aim the camera at the colour you want to change to, and press the right arrow to select
  7. Then fire away!

Color Swap on Canon IXUS touchscreen models

For touchscreen IXUS models, the process is the same as the non-touchscreen models except that you touch the colored boxes at the bottom of the screen to select the colours you want to change from and to, instead of using the left and right arrow buttons.

Hope this helps!


  • http://lolitium.net/ nyuu

    thank you for the instructions! Unfortunately, my camera is too old and dont have that function? D: –sigh– I want to buy a updated camera.

  • http://silvercpu.com/blog Lissy

    did you change your feed url? I had no idea you have new blogs

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Nope, but I upgraded my feedburner plugin a while ago. Perhaps that screwed up the feed. Sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know!

  • http://www.gmail.com Chandra

    The Canon 115 IXUS is different. In Color Swap on Canon IXUS non-touchscreen models :
    i followed till Step 3. But after Pressing DISP. the two color boxes are not visible… Any other setting is required for it ????

    Plz Reply

    • http://outoftheblueandboredom.wordpress.com blueee

      after step 3, when everything is black and white, PRESS AND HOLD THE MENU BUTTON. that’s what’s missing here.

  • Zoe

    I had the same problem as Chandra. When I press DISP – nothing happens. What could we be doing wrong?

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  • http://nil Chell

    I had the same problem with my IXUS 115! Pls assist!

  • Hadassa

    Thanks for your clear instructions but do they also apply to IXUS 115 HS because for some reason I am still not managing to work colour accent and colour swap. The display button is not showing anything.

  • Trajce

    Look at this link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxd5ymiycZw Works on IXUS 115 too.

    • joanna

      this one is workin for ixus 115:) thanks

  • Hadassa

    cool, thanks.
    it was the fact that you had to hold down instead of just press that i was missing.

  • Susan

    I have the PoweShotSX150. How do you aim without a touch screen?

  • Chocolatesocks

    This does NOT work with either one of my Powershots (SX30 is or SD790 is. Does NOT work.

  • Never Edit

    I love this feature but Canon has deleted it from the S120 :-(