Last week, over at Kelby One, we did a free webcast for Photoshop World coming up in just over a month. We had videos and tutorials from lots of various Photoshop World instructors, and I jumped in to do a quick tutorial on replacing a not-so-great sky in landscape photos.
Replacing the sky is one of those questions I hear about a lot. I’ll tell you up front, that in order for it to work, you need similar conditions. For example, if you take an image from a blah cloudy day, and try to replace it with a sky from a bright sunny or colorful sunset, then things aren’t going to look right. This tutorial is really meant for when the sky is just plain and cloudless, and you want to replace it with something more interesting.
Here’s a link to the webcast. Now, the entire thing is over 2 hours so I’ll save you some time. The tutorial I did starts at 42:10. It’s about 7 minutes long. I also did two very quick Lightroom tips which start at 1:06 (ish). Again, it’s free to watch and there’s lots of other tips and things in there if you want to check it out. And of course, I’ll be at Photoshop World in September teaching Photoshop and Lightroom. My full-day Lightroom pre-conference workshop is sold out, but you can probably get on a waiting list. But I’ll have lots of other classes during the show so please stop by and say hi if you’re gonna be there.
Have a good one!
Matt, did the video expire? Every time I try to play it, a “Register Now” window pops up in front of it asking for my name and email address. I add it, and it pops up again. Doesn’t let me watch the video. Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks for the tip and the whole presentation. When I try to replace my sky and get to the part where defringing the glow around the trees, I’m not seeing the color picker in the dialog box. I change the mode to multiply, but there’s nothing to click to tell it which color. ??
I’m using Photoshop CC Any help?
Hey Kelly. Make sure you actually click on the “Glow” setting in the Dialog. If you just click the checkbox that turns it on, you wont see the settings.
That’s it! Thank you so much!!
This was a Great Tip! How to fix the fringes really got me! What a super tip! I always have problems with the fringes. I use your method of Faux long exposure for skies and water, but I’m always messing around to fix the fringes of the selection … now I know how to do that! Thanks!
Glad it helped my friend! 🙂
Off subject question Matt, but have you ever considered going with a larger sensor camera for landscape work? Like the Pentax 645z?
I’m trying to make Photoshop World but I might have a gig over that time frame and money trumps PS W right now. Other wise I’d be all over your classes. K1 or On One you are the best!
I’m a new user of OnOne Suite. I’m frustrated because when I launch a picture from Lightroom into the suite, make changes, click on SAVE….it shows that it is saving my changes. I then go back to Lightroom and on my original picture it say 1 of 2 photos. But where is my edited version? It only shows the original
Great tip on fixing the fringes…..thanks Matt.
You’re very welcome!
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Thanks for the tip Matt. Do you know any trick to do the Lightroom command “Open as layers in Photoshop”, but instead of layers, open the smart objects ? I know there is the “Open as smart object” but this one opens the photos on separate documents. Thanks!
Hi Marius – There’s no command for that. Best you could do is open each one separately as a Smart Object and then bring them together. Good luck!