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Add wow factor to your images with Sky Replacement.

From clear blue skies to dramatic sunsets, Adobe Photoshop Sky Replacement has all you need to make an image pop.

Transform images with Sky Replacement.

Don’t let a drab sky ruin near-perfect images. With Photoshop editing tools you can quickly adjust and retouch many aspects of your shots. Sky Replacement is a feature in Photoshop that helps you enhance your images no matter what the weather was doing during your shoot.

Choose the sky you love.

The Sky Replacement tool uses artificial intelligence-powered Adobe Sensei to replace the sky in your original image with a new one. Thanks to Sky Replacement algorithms, Photoshop can analyze and recognize the current sky and then plug in any other sky that you want.

Here’s how you can replace a sky in Photoshop:


1.

Choose Edit › Sky Replacement.


2.

Use the sky drop-down to select a new sky from one of the preset sky images, or use your own.


3.

Make any adjustments you want. When you’re happy with the new sky, click OK.


Adobe Photoshop offers a collection of skies, organized in three categories: Blue Skies, Spectacular, and Sunset. Blue Skies include daytime skies in solid blue or with clouds. Spectacular skies range from dramatic storm clouds and sunscapes to rainbows and night skies. Sunset features yellow, orange, pink, and red sunset hues.

 

For even more skies, go to the settings drop-down in the Sky Replacement window. From there, you can import your own sky image as any file type Photoshop supports. Or download free sky presets — including tornadoes, northern lights, fireworks, stars, and the milky way — from professional photographers.

 

"The best thing about Sky Replacement is that everything remains editable via the traditional Photoshop workflow,” says Photoshop expert Jesús Ramirez. “This is not like a filter where once you apply it, you’re stuck with it. You actually have a lot of control, and all these controls eventually become a layer mask or adjustment layer.”

How to enhance or alter your Sky Replacement.

When you use Sky Replacement, you can control both the new sky and all the elements in your original image — no background removal or new background layer required. Fine-tune your original image, then finesse the color, position, and more of your new sky image. Finally, if needed, perfect your new image as a whole by using an adjustment layer or two.

Here’s how to enhance your whole photo with Sky Replacement:


1.

Use adjustment layers or other editing techniques to edit the photo to your liking.


2.

Choose Edit › Sky Replacement


3.

Use the drop-down in the Sky Replacement panel to select a new sky from one of the preset sky images, or use your own.


4.

Adjust the color temperature, brightness, scale, and position of the new sky as desired.


5.

Make foreground adjustments as needed.


6.

Output to new layers (not duplicate layers) for greater editing flexibility.


7.

Turn your new photo into a smart object so the layers function as a single image.


8.

Create a new layer and apply any final changes to your new image.


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Photo of skyscrapers and a partially cloudy blue sky, viewed from below, with the Sky Replacement panel open in Photoshop.

Pro tips for seamless skies.

Edit first, then replace the sky.

It’s often a good idea to edit your photo prior to replacing your sky with Sky Replacement. It takes a few more steps to modify elements of your original photo — like if you want to blur fruit on a background tree or amplify the scene’s colors — but you'll be rewarded with a beautiful final result.

Make your new sky image look realistic.

Depending on your original image, new sky image, and the look you’re going for, you may want to adjust the appearance of distance between the foreground and new sky. Drag the Shift Edge slider to the right to make the sky appear closer. Drag it to the left to push the sky further away. You can make the sky sharp or blurry with the Fade Edge slider.

 

The Scale slider lets you shrink or enlarge the sky image. You can also flip the sky horizontally to match the light direction of the foreground image. To do this, click on the Flip checkbox.

Tailor your new sky’s fit.

If the new sky doesn’t cover the background as well as you’d like or it bleeds over into the original image, click into the Sky layer mask in the Sky Replacement group and use the Brush tool to add or remove additional sky. You can also use the Move tool in the Sky Replacement window to control the position of the sky if it needs some realignment.

Set the mood with sky adjustments.

Make the sky brighter or darker with the Brightness slider. This becomes a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer in your Sky Replacement Group. To turn the sky warmer or cooler, use the Temperature slider. This becomes a Color Balance adjustment layer.

Harmonize your new sky with your original image.

Don’t worry about getting a perfect color match between your original image and new sky — Sky Replacement does that for you automatically. If desired, you can further adjust the look of your original image with Foreground Adjustments.

 

Choose a Lighting Mode to control brightness. Multiply darkens, Screen lightens. Play with the Lighting Adjustment slider to achieve the perfect blend between your original image and the new sky image. Try moving the Color Adjustment slider to control the intensity. Each slider creates its own adjustment layer that you can go back and edit any time.

Side-by-side view of European residential neighborhood and sky, half with warm tones and puffy clouds and half with cool tones and thinner clouds.

Save your image as New Layers.

When you’re satisfied with the changes you’ve made, it’s time to save your new image. Set your output to Output to New Layers to keep everything editable, then click OK. Photoshop will generate an adjustment layer for each of the adjustments you’ve made.

 

Whether you’re just swapping out the sky or modifying other elements in your photo, you’ll find the Sky Replacement tool makes larger photo manipulations like compositing simple. And you’ll end up with a dynamic, seamless image.

Sky Replacement works for videos too.

You can use Photoshop to replace the sky in video clips by transforming it into a smart object and then following the steps outlined above.


1.

File › Open video.


2.

From your Layers panel, right-click on your video and convert it into a Smart Object.


3.

Select the Smart Object and choose Edit > Sky Replacement.


Note that Sky Replacement in videos only works in Photoshop if the original video was shot on a tripod. As Ramirez explains, “Photoshop can’t do motion tracking like Adobe After Effects or other applications.”

The sky’s the limit for creating a custom look and feel for your original images by photo editing with Sky Replacement. It’s an intuitive, easy, and fun feature that gives you control over the weather that any photographer would love to have.

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Jesús Ramirez

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