I am attempting to replace the sky in a photo of mine with a sky from another photo of mine.
I have both photos in the Photo Bin. I am using the Guided mode. I have tried using the stock skies and they work fine. But I need to use my own photo and I have encountered a problem
Step 4 of the Guided mode special edit instrctions says:
Do one of the following to choose a background:
I can't find any of these- Import, Preset, etc, Where are these tools?
Which version of Elements are you using and which Guided Edit?
You're referring to the steps listed in the Photoshop Elements User Guide for the Replace Background guided edit.
This is not the same as the Perfect Landscape guided edit, which is explained in the video above the Replace Background guided edit instructions.
The Perfect Landscape guided edit is limited to the 12 preset skies that are included with Photoshop Elements. If you want to use your own background sky, you'll have to use the Replace Background guided edit instead.
Actually, Phil, you can use your own sky photo to replace the sky in the Perfect Landscape Guided Edit. Here's how:
After using a preset sky in the Guided Edit, click the Next button and choose to Continue Editing in Expert mode.
In the layers panel, do the following:
If you follow these instructions, you can then move or resize your own photo sky to customize the location and size of the clouds etc. in the sky.
It may not be necessary to unlink the layers, but it helps avoid some novice mistakes.
And @TXbirder, I still don't know what you are refering to as Step 4 in the Guided Edit. That doesn't fit the Replace Background or the Perfect Landscape Guided Edits.
Thanks Greg! Great explanation of how to use guided edits as the springboard for further editing in Expert mode 🙂
And the step 4 that @TXbirder is referring to is not from the on-screen instructions in the Replace Background guided edit, but from the Photoshop Elements User Guide's description of that guided edit: