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Sky replacement problem

Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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Hi gang-

I have a question regarding sky replacement in Photoshop. When I select sky on a particular image, there is a part which isn't selected. I tried using the magic wand tool, which indicated that I correctly selected the part of the image that Photoshop didn't (as indicated by the marching ants). However, when I insert a sky into the image, the part I selected doesn't fill in. I'm sure there is something that I have missed. If anyone can help me, that would be great. Thanks.

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Community Expert , Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

@zeldon50 Try this.

1. Open your image - do not make any selections.

2. Make sure you are on the layer with the image you want to replace.

3. Go to Edit>Sky Replacement.

4. Choose your sky - do not use the brush tool.

5. Hit ok and exit the Sky Replacement dialog box.

You should have several layers with masks created.

Can you show a before/after of the results?

I find its easier to adjust the layer masks AFTER the sky has been replaced than trying to make a perfect selection/brush beforehand.

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Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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@zeldon50 you don't need to make a selection when using Sky Replacement - the process makes a mask for you.

After replacing the sky, you can edit the masks to account for any fringing.

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Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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Thank you for your answer, but I don't have fringing. I have an area that Photoshop didn't select when I clicked "select sky" and I'm trying to add it to the area that Photoshop did select. I added it to the Photoshop's original selection, using the magic wand tool. However, when I select "replace sky", the area I added remains empty.

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Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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@zeldon50 my point was you are going about this the long way. Using Edit>Sky Replacement does all of this automatically and gives you masks that you can then edit to add to areas not selected.

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Explorer ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Thanks again. I used the "add brush" in the sky replacement dialog box, but it only adds the sky to a portion of the area, leaving the rest untouched. I watched a video on this and the author had no problem "painting" the sky into all the areas that needed it. Something's not right...

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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@zeldon50 Try this.

1. Open your image - do not make any selections.

2. Make sure you are on the layer with the image you want to replace.

3. Go to Edit>Sky Replacement.

4. Choose your sky - do not use the brush tool.

5. Hit ok and exit the Sky Replacement dialog box.

You should have several layers with masks created.

Can you show a before/after of the results?

I find its easier to adjust the layer masks AFTER the sky has been replaced than trying to make a perfect selection/brush beforehand.

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Explorer ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Kevin-

I followed your guidelines. After the sky was inserted, I attempted to use the brush in the sky replacement dialog box to fill in the area (see photo). It did not paint the sky in at all (as you can see in the attached image file). I had the background layer highlighted, not the mask layers. As a side note (even though I didn't do it this way), if I go to the select menu and choose "select sky", Photoshop does not put a selection (marching ants) around the area in question.

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I followed your guidelines. After the sky was inserted, I attempted to use the brush in the sky replacement dialog box to fill in the area (see photo)."


By @zeldon50


Dont use the brush in the dialog box. Edit the generated layer with the replaced sky using the mask afterwards.

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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@zeldon50 this is your example using the Sky Replacement. No edits, no brush just choose my sky and hit ok.

kevinstohlmeyer_0-1700254128692.png

 

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Kevin, I watched a video by Anthony Morganti, where he used the brush in the dialog box and it worked perfectly. So now I'm confused. Also, I'm not at Photoshop right now, so can you tell me where I find choose "my sky" is located? Obviously, it worked for you. Thanks.

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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Go to Edit>Sky Replacement.

In the selection window click the + button to add your custom sky if you wish.

kevinstohlmeyer_0-1700255390220.png

That tutorial is having you do 2 years old/outdated methodology.

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