How to Apply Sky Overlays in Photoshop
Who wants to learn about the truly magical Pretty Actions Photoshop Sky Applicator actions and see them in action?
Who wants to see the beautiful Sky Overlays you can use to replace dreary grey or blown-out skies in your images?
You do? We’re so happy! And of course, you’ve come to the right place!
In addition to the 35 gorgeous high-resolution sky overlays included in each of our 2 Sky Overlay Collections - Vivid Skies and Painted Skies & Sunsets, they also include some truly revolutionary sky overlay applicator actions.
The two actions you will use the most are the Blown-Out Sky Action and the Overcast Sky Action. These actions work on both blown out skies and overcast skies (skies that appear gray or white) and will completely replace your existing sky with a new one with little or no masking involved - now that’s a magic action if we ever did see one!
Super Quick Application!
Unlike Sky overlays from other companies, there is not a lot of retouching involved, all that needs to be done for the most part takes one quick click and on occasion an extra 30 seconds of cleanup - that’s it!
What Else is Included?
What else comes in with these collections, you ask?
Well, even though we've included a new, revolutionary way of having a sky overlay simply appear in images in place of an old sky (yep, it’s magic - Pretty Actions Style), we’ve also beefed up this collection with some additional super fun actions and enhancements to make your skies perfect and absolutely everything you've envisioned!
These built-in options will auto populate upon applying your sky and will allow you to make your sky hazy, soften the horizon, make it lighter, darker, warmer, cooler, more saturated and even give your overlay a natural blur - all at your fingertips.
Add a Sky Reflection in Water with One Click!
On top of the Sky Replace actions and easy to apply add-ons there are also actions to create a realistic reflection of your sky in water - which is perfect if there's a river, lake, or ocean in your image, how cool is that!?
Paint Your Sky Action to Add Dreamy Color Too!
Oh and just in case you like to make your skies a bit more dreamy, you can take advantage of the “Paint a Pretty Sky” actions that allow you to be the artist and add a soft pastel tint to your sky, giving your image an extra dreamy touch.
The Vivid Skies Cloud & Sky Overlay Collection and our newest Painted Skies Sunset & Sky Overlays Collection are both jam packed with 35 hi-res sky overlays and lots of cool actions to apply and enhance them.
OK, we know you are itching to see just how cool and easy these Overlays are to use. Before we jump in and show you a complete sky swap using our magic actions, we are going to quickly go over how to install your actions and locate your Overlays that come with this collection.
How to Install the Vivid Skies Photoshop Actions
To install your Vivid Sky or Painted Sky actions, first make sure your Photoshop Actions Panel is open. If you don't see it, navigate to your top Menu>Windows>Actions and voila! Your Actions Panel will appear.
Next let's install the actions...you will be surprised at how easy this is! Simply click on the little Menu icon at the top right of the Actions Panel and select "Load Actions" from the drop down menu. Lastly, you'll want to navigate to where you have your actions saved and double click on the action file, the actions from this collection will automatically appear in your Actions Panel.
Quick Tip: if you decide to add a sky to your image, it's usually a good idea to apply it first before you apply any of the overall image adjustments. This will make your image look cohesive and more realistic since it will all end up with similar color tones when you are finished editing.
OK, enough waiting, let's dig into the good stuff and use the actions in these collections to magically apply a sky overlay to an image.
Using the Sky Replace Actions to Apply a Sky Overlay
The image we are using has a blown out sky, so we are going to locate the “Blown-Out Sky Magic Replace" action in our Pretty Actions Sky Applicator collection, select it and press Play.
Once you press Play, you will be prompted to select the overlay you would like to place on your image. Again, here you will navigate to where you have your Sky Overlay download saved on your computer and simply select the sky you would like to place in your image.
Voila! After picking your Sky, just resize it until it fits with the overall size and proportions of your image and you can also rotate your sky to the desired angle. Press Enter to place your sky. Ta da!! The sky magically appears only where the old sky appeared. I don't have to mask anything off the subject. This is a huge time saver and after using it you aren't going to know how you ever got along with out it!
We are going to take an extra few seconds to click on and adjust a few of the add-on options for this edit:
- Blur your Sky Action
- Sky Fade Action
- Hazy Sky Action
- Lighter Sky Action
Bam, we're done!
We love both of our beautiful and unique sky overlay collections and we know you will love them too! We worked so hard to make the magic happen for you with these and we're really very proud to share these wonderful sky replace actions and gorgeous sky overlays with everyone.
If you are more of a visual learner, we've also got you covered. Check out our video tutorial covering all you need to know about this set!