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!