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EASY 60 Second Sky Replacement Technique in Photoshop

December 4, 2019

what’s going on create a family it’s
Dustin Valkema today we’re talking about a 60 second method to do sky
replacements and Photoshop the easy way make sure to subscribe smack that like
button and I will see you guys in Photoshop alright guys here we are in
Photoshop with probably one of the most common types of sky replacements that I
get asked to do while I’m retouching other people’s photos and that has to do
with these overcast skies and in this case we actually have a pond here that’s
in front that’s catching the sky reflection as well so let’s go ahead and
dive right into this so first things first when I get started with a sky
replacement like this what I generally like to do is press ctrl or command R to
make sure that I have the rulers here on my document so that I can just click
inside of this ruler here up top and I can just set that guide that it will
create right around where the horizon line is for my photo and then assuming
that I have a sky that I like which I had already found one here for this
example and let’s pull that in and once we get the sky placed here what I’ll
generally do is just press ctrl or command and start to drag this pressing
shift so that it just moves straight up in my document and I’ll set that horizon
line there to match the rough guide that I had set previously now the best set we
can get to the true magic of this method of sky replacements which is using the
blend F and how we can do that is just double clicking the sky replacement
layer and then you have the blend if here so we currently have it set to gray
we’ll get into more of an advanced tutorial on exactly how to use blend F
and all of these functions and features in a later video but for this one here
we’re just going to use the underlying layer and we want to remove that sky
from all of the darker or say shadows and the scene everything except for the
highlights what we’re focusing on first is the sky that’s up here
and so we can bring this down to a decent range and then press alt or
option and then click and drag these little handles out and then once you
play with those just a little bit you’ll see that we start to get a really nice
feather on the edge there so we can press ok and now you’ll see that we have
a little bit on this side there so what I generally like to do is try to play
with blend modes and in this case we don’t really need a soft light but I
will go to multiply to see if we can work with this a little bit darker which
should be fine for this overlay as it’s not really a bright sunny day it’s just
really getting to know what blend modes work best for your workflow
so what these here we can just do our best to pull those out and I think that should work fairly well
yep so right there blend if it works pretty good and now we have all of this
crud that’s down here on the bottom so what we can do there is press out for
our lasso tool and I usually set about a 10 pixel feather I use that quite often
for a lot of different selections that I do and so we can create alright we can
just create a garbage mask here that goes right around this tree line
and then the rest of the photo and then from there we can just press
alt or option and click our layer mask button so that now we’re just masking
out everything that’s in that upper part of the sky there now at this point it’s
really good to just click your overlay off and on here and you can see that
primarily in this one little bit of tree there it’s not really noticeable to the
eye without knowing it’s there but if you run into those issues you can just
use your brush tool with a black brush and you can paint that out of these
trees in this area so we can just make sure that we have
some of that painted out a little bit make sure that there’s nothing else
that’s happening that’s getting hit pretty hard by that I don’t think there
is I think that was it that’s just the basic sky replacement for this top one
now what I would normally do is actually bump the exposure on that just a little
bit in the mid-tones and so I will press ctrl or command M that brings up my
curves I’ll just grab a mid-tone point here and we can just bring that up a
little bit so that it’s not too dark but I will still read really nice when
we get to grading now I always do this stuff here before I get to any part of
my grading or color toning process and that’s primarily because it really helps
bring everything together prior to adding any extra color information into
the photo now when it comes to the reflection down here in the water I’m
actually not too concerned with what’s underneath them in this bridge because
you have just enough of wind break up there and ripples going on that there’s
not too much detail that you would see whereas in this front area here you
would expect to see some of the sky reflecting and so in this case what we
can do is press ctrl or command J to duplicate this layer and ctrl T with a
free transform and then we can just do flip vertical
and now we can bring this down and we’re going to be affecting
everything now at the the bottom edge of this photo and then what I will do won’t
see here it actually works quite well there’s not
really anything that’s causing too much of an issue I will paint this out of
this area here just using my black brush on the layer mask I’m sorry my white
brush just to add that detail back in there and because we use that blend if
previously it’s actually doing quite a good job of masking everything else off
so that the sky is not overlaying on all of that alright so now that we’ve
actually gone through and I’ve done a little bit more of an explanatory
process in this here I can just work through this real time and maybe just do
a few key call-outs but show you guys what it might look like in more of a
real-time fashion and so go ahead and we’ll set up my rough guide and pull in
my sky overlay match up those horizon lines place that image generally use multiply so set that there
we can double click that layer head in to blend if find a range that works
pretty well here click OK Oh for the lasso tool just do a rough garbage pass there all
the way around the parts that I don’t need alter option click the layer mask
so that would cover the top piece there controller command J to duplicate it
controller command T for free transform right click flip vertical move this guy
down here to the bottom of the image and then at this point I just used this
layer mask and I can remove this from the parts
that I don’t actually need it in here and that’s it
and now we’re ready to move on to the next step and the grading or retouching
process alright guys so that wraps up this
tutorial on my 60 second method to replacing skies in Photoshop the easy
way now of course this was a bit more of a practical scenario and something that
I use quite often when I’m doing this type of work for clients so we’ll get
into more advanced topics a little bit later on how to maybe match your entire
scene to a sky overlay that you want to use and vice versa
so make sure to subscribe click that like button if you guys have any
comments or questions just feel free to leave those down in the comments section
I’ll get to that stuff as soon as possible I’m looking forward to seeing
you guys in the next video you


  • Reply Dustin Valkema October 15, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Hey everyone! Thanks for tuning in :D. As I'm doing quite a bit of retouching work, it's been a bit tough to keep up with videos. Hopefully some find this process useful! There's a lot that goes in to great composites and sky replacements are a must have tool in the box for great images when needed. Looking forward to going in depth on more advanced methods as we progress! Make sure to subscribe and stay tuned for future videos!

  • Reply Mario Linton October 15, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Very well spoken & shown! Keep up the good work. I’ve followed your steps & had a good experience with the pics I used. Thank u much

  • Reply Elvis Salic October 15, 2019 at 2:32 am

    very sick!

  • Reply RawnyRon October 15, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Great work! Quick and to the point, well done. Thanks for sharing a great technique!

  • Reply Yiddie October 15, 2019 at 3:35 am


  • Reply Kenneth D. Aston Jr. October 15, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Very well done and easy to follow too. Would you suggest photographers shooting clouds of different brightness/time of the day?

  • Reply Vandenheuvel Studios October 16, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Awesome video man! Thank you!

  • Reply Justin November 7, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Great channel, just subbed. You should use SMZeus to increase your social proof!

  • Reply Nurb 2Kea November 13, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Better use Luminosity or color masks. More prcise and quicker. Try Lumenzia extension for example.

  • Reply James Castro November 25, 2019 at 3:41 am

    great content! more please!!

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