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In an update for 2021, Photoshop included a brand new feature that will help you replace the sky in your photo more easily. This new Photoshop tool pairs perfectly with our BRAND NEW Soulful Skies, Painted Skies Overlays and our Vivid Skies Overlays and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. Jump down to the video tutorial at the end of this post if you'd like to see in in action!
All of our Sky Overlay collections have included actions to help you place and customize your skies and we will continue to include those actions because some of those super handy adjustments are NOT available with the new Photoshop sky replacement tool (like our paint a sky and water reflection actions), so we want you to continue to have these valuable options. They are also helpful for Photoshop Elements users who are using versions prior to 2021.
Adobe Sensei, Photoshop's powerful new artificial intelligence (AI) tool, has made replacing skies so simple and easy. With three simple clicks, you can have a new sky on your image - and the entire process will only take a couple minutes, or LESS!
Lets walk through a sky swap using this new sky replacement tool. I'll be using this image as an example:
To begin, simply open an image in Photoshop that has a sky that you want to replace. Then go to Edit in the top menu and click on the Sky Replacement option in the drop down menu.
Just like some of Photoshop's other filters, the sky replacement filter may take a minute to load. While it's loading, Sensei is working hard in the background to detect the sky area and mask out any subjects. It truly does an amazing job of finding even the smallest edges.
Once the Sky Replacement tool is open, you will want to choose your new sky. Photoshop comes equipped with a few sky images, however the options are fairly limited.
If you have any of our Pretty Presets & Actions Sky Overlay collections, you will have LOTS of sky options to choose from. You can easily load these skies into the Photoshop tool by clicking the small "down arrow" next to the Sky box.
Initially you will only see Photoshop's minimal sky offerings there. To add your own skies, click on the square with a "+" inside and navigate to the sky overlay you want to add to Photoshop. The sky you add will automatically be applied to your image.
After choosing the sky that will best compliment your image, you will have access to several settings within the same panel that will help your sky look even more realistic. I'll explain what these tools and sliders do below:
First, you will notice there are several tool icons on the left side of the Sky Replacement dialog box. These tools will help you navigate and adjust your image. From the top, the tools are:
Now lets go over the the sliders in the Sky Replacement dialog box.
These next slider options are found under the Sky Adjustments section. To see them, click on the arrow to the left of Sky Adjustments. These adjustments will only be applied to the sky portion of the image.
These next slider options are found under the Foreground Adjustments section. To see them, click on the arrow to the left of Foreground Adjustments. These adjustments will only be applied to the foreground portion of the image.
This last option will determine HOW the adjustments you have made here will be added to your image.
Replacing a sky can make all the difference between a good image and a GREAT image! It will definitely add some "WOW" to your photography and now that doing the replacement is so EASY, why not give it a try TODAY!
Do you have any questions or comments about Photoshop's Sky Replacement Tool? Just leave us a comment below - we would LOVE to hear from you! And PLEASE SHARE this post using the social sharing buttons (we really appreciate it)!
Hi!! I am Gayle. I am a wife to my handsome husband and mom to 4 beautiful kids. In my spare time, I am a photographer and blogger at Mom and Camera. I have a passion for sharing my love of photography with others. I teach local photography classes and regularly share photography tips and tricks on my blog. I hang out there a lot—I’d love you to stop by and visit!