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Photoshop's Sky Replacement, First Use

 

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One of the most talked about features in Adobe’s recently updated Photoshop 2021 is Sky Replacement.

 

While it is always preferable is to capture the sky with good exposure and with bright, colourful clouds, sometimes this just isn't possible.

 

Here, traveling through the Irish countryside early in September I found a field full of horses, all eager to pose. Unfortunately, the sun was just coming up over the mountain ridge in the background and was strong enough to bleach the cloudless sky. 

 

In this case, even using a graduated filter or taking a bracketed exposure wouldn't have created much more than a light blue sky with a bright section.

 

I thought this was a good image to try out first, with difficult backlighting.

 

Here is the process that I used to create the final image.

 

❶ Open Image in Photoshop

  • I started in Lightroom: right-click on the image and choose Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop 2021...

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-1.png

 

 

❷ Clean up the image

  • Remove any dust spots, or other elements. Here I removed the ridge line that ran across the left half of the image behind the horses using Clone Stamp and Healing Brush.
  • This allowed Photoshop to cover more of the image with the new sky.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-2.png

 

 

❸ Open the Sky replacement tool

  • Go to Edit>Sky Replacement...

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-3.png

 

 

  • In the panel (highlighted in orange) click on the Sky box to choose a sky, there are many options and you can import one of your own.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-4.png

 

 

  • Here I have chosen Spectacular 004 by Russell Brown.
  • Modify the settings to suit, here I have adjusted the scale setting to bring that arc of cloud over the horses heads, added brightness, and changed the settings on the Foreground Adjustments.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-5.png

 

 

  • These adjustments will be individual to the image.
  • You can refine the edge here using the Sky Brush or after, in step 4 using edits to layer masks.
  • You can also move the sky left, right, up and down to find the correct position.
  • Click OK, if you have left Output To: New Layers selected then this will create a new layer group.

 

❹ Make adjustments to the layers

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-6.png

 

 

  • Double click on the individual layers to make adjustments to masks or, as seen here, curves.
  • You can also increse or reduce the opacity of these layers or delete them.
  • Save and continue editing in Lightroom if necessary.

 

I found the automatic selection to be accurate, even with the difficult, irregular outlines of the horses.

 

Here is the final image with a little extra finishing in Lightroom.

 

panoramic-ireland-4779-sky-horses.jpg

 

Related link:

Swap skies in seconds with Sky Replacement 

 

 

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Photoshop - Sky Replacement

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Oct 24, 2020

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Photoshop's Sky Replacement, First Use

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-before-after-collage.png

 

One of the most talked about features in Adobe’s recently updated Photoshop 2021 is Sky Replacement.

 

While it is always preferable is to capture the sky with good exposure and with bright, colourful clouds, sometimes this just isn't possible.

 

Here, traveling through the Irish countryside early in September I found a field full of horses, all eager to pose. Unfortunately, the sun was just coming up over the mountain ridge in the background and was strong enough to bleach the cloudless sky. 

 

In this case, even using a graduated filter or taking a bracketed exposure wouldn't have created much more than a light blue sky with a bright section.

 

I thought this was a good image to try out first, with difficult backlighting.

 

Here is the process that I used to create the final image.

 

❶ Open Image in Photoshop

  • I started in Lightroom: right-click on the image and choose Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop 2021...

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-1.png

 

 

❷ Clean up the image

  • Remove any dust spots, or other elements. Here I removed the ridge line that ran across the left half of the image behind the horses using Clone Stamp and Healing Brush.
  • This allowed Photoshop to cover more of the image with the new sky.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-2.png

 

 

❸ Open the Sky replacement tool

  • Go to Edit>Sky Replacement...

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-3.png

 

 

  • In the panel (highlighted in orange) click on the Sky box to choose a sky, there are many options and you can import one of your own.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-4.png

 

 

  • Here I have chosen Spectacular 004 by Russell Brown.
  • Modify the settings to suit, here I have adjusted the scale setting to bring that arc of cloud over the horses heads, added brightness, and changed the settings on the Foreground Adjustments.

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-5.png

 

 

  • These adjustments will be individual to the image.
  • You can refine the edge here using the Sky Brush or after, in step 4 using edits to layer masks.
  • You can also move the sky left, right, up and down to find the correct position.
  • Click OK, if you have left Output To: New Layers selected then this will create a new layer group.

 

❹ Make adjustments to the layers

 

panoramic-ireland-sky-horses-6.png

 

 

  • Double click on the individual layers to make adjustments to masks or, as seen here, curves.
  • You can also increse or reduce the opacity of these layers or delete them.
  • Save and continue editing in Lightroom if necessary.

 

I found the automatic selection to be accurate, even with the difficult, irregular outlines of the horses.

 

Here is the final image with a little extra finishing in Lightroom.

 

panoramic-ireland-4779-sky-horses.jpg

 

Related link:

Swap skies in seconds with Sky Replacement 

 

 

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