The Soft Light Sky Replacement Technique
On my way out to Kansas City the other night, I was praying for a beautiful sunset. I would venture to say that’s what most of us do when we take the time to go out with our cameras. To my surprise when I got there I did have some beautiful clouds, but they were on the other side of the city!
I, however, wasn’t too concerned about their position because I knew I could move them with my powers of telepathy, ermm, I mean Photoshop 🙂
In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to use the clouds from one image and put them into the image where they should have been. It is a pretty simple task. This tutorial will show you in under 7 minutes!
Things to consider with this technique:
- Your Primary image has to have some detail in the sky or color. A dull white dull blown out sky will not work for this one.
- Try to use clouds that match the time of day of your image. These clouds came from the same night, so they are much more believable.
- Photograph skies often. Even if you don’t have a decent foreground, just grab those skies. They can be used on other photos at any time!
- The mask doesn’t have to be perfect. Seriously, the Soft Light Blend Mode will make most things believable. It is very forgiving in this technique.