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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Replace a Burnt-out Sky in a Photo.

September 18, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you a quick and effective
way to replace a burnt out sky in a photo. This is an update of a tutorial I did on an
earlier version of Photoshop. Open a photo with a sky you’d like to replace. If you’d like to use this one, I provided
its link in my video’s description or project files below. The first step is to separate the sky from
the rest of the photo. There are many ways to do this, but for this
example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool. If you’re using this tool, as well, I generally
find a radius of 5 to 15 pixels works fine. Drag the tool over your landscape to select it. To remove the selection over the sky, press
and hold Alt on Windows or Option on a Mac as you drag your tool over those areas. To check your selection to make sure it included
all of your landscape, press “Q” on your keyboard to change the selection into a quick mask. We’ll refine the edges in a moment. Press “Q” again to revert it back into a selection. At the top, click the “Select and Mask ” button
if you’re using version CC 2015.5 or later or if you’re using an earlier version, click
the “Refine Edge” button. You could also go to Select and click Select
and Mask or Refine Edge in this list. I did in-depth tutorials on Refine Edge and
Select and Mask, so if you’d like to watch them, I included their links, as well. Click “Smart Radius” and drag the radius a
bit to the right. If you want to make your tool bigger or smaller,
press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Drag the tool over the edges of your landscape
to refine their edges. Check “Decontaminate Colors”, which removes color fringe of the sky that may bleed into our landscape. Output it to “New Layer with Layer Mask”. Then, click OK. Make the background visible and make the top
layer active. Open your Gradient Tool. Make sure the Linear Gradient icon is active
and click the gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click the “Black, White” preset and click
the lower, left Stop. Click the color box and in the hexadecimal
filed, type in 0151FE. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Click the lower, right Stop and the color box. Type in A7CAFF. Then, press Enter or Return twice to close
both Windows. Place your cursor a little above halfway up
the sky and press and hold Shift as you drag the Gradient Tool a little above the horizon. Then, release. You’ll notice that the gradient colors are
inside your landscape instead of behind it, so we need to invert the layer mask. To do this, make the layer mask active and
press Ctrl or Cmd + I. Make a copy of the top layer and its Layer mask by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Click off the chain-link to unlink the layer and the layer mask. Doing this, allows us to resize and reposition
either of them independently of the other. If your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white, respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Change its Blend Mode to “Screen”. Zoom out of your image by pressing Ctrl or
Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard a few times. Go to Edit, Transform and Perspective. Go to a top corner and drag the Transform
Tool out approximately this much. To accept it, click the check-mark at the top. To fit your image back onto your canvas, press
Ctrl or Cmd + 0. The clouds actually extend beyond the visible
area of our canvas, so we need to crop them off. To do this, press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select the visible area of our document and go to Image and Crop. To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Open
your Transform Tool and go to the bottom of the Transform’s bounding box. When you see a vertical, double-arrow, drag
it up to the bottom of the sky. Then, press Enter or Return. Lastly, we’re going to make our clouds a little
less feathery and the blue sky a bit more vibrant. Double-click the thumbnail of the clouds to
open its Layer Style window. The “Blend if” feature essentially clips one
layer into another based on the tones of the active layer and the layer below it. The slider of “This Layer” is always
linked to the active layer. In this case, our active layer is the clouds
layer. Our gradient color is the “Underlying Layer”. Place your cursor directly on the icon on
the slider of “This Layer” and Alt-click or Option-click it. This splits the icon in two. By dragging the right half of the icon to
the right, it feathers out the clouds over the darkest areas of the gradient color, thereby
revealing more of the color and less of the clouds in those areas. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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