Add a new sky in Photoshop

By Kingsley Singleton

Imaging skills

05 August 2011 15:00

One thing that can really ruin your landscape photos is a bland or overexposed sky. Replacing it with something more fitting in Photoshop is the obvious answer, but it’s easy to run into trouble when faced with a complicated skyline.

Something like the leaves in our example image is a great example of this, because it can be time-consuming or even impossible to mask or erase around them all. The answer – as you’ll see in this video lesson – comes via Photoshop’s range of Layer Blending Modes. These control how one layer interacts with another, so you can quickly used them to successfully blend one image (your landscape) with another (your new sky).

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