Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a layer mask from a simple selection, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Replacing a Sky.
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- Depending on the complexity of the horizon edge…in your main image,…you may be able to use fairly simple selections…of the sky area as the first step…in making a layer mask for the new sky.…Due to the obvious tonal and color differences…that often exist between the sky and the land or the sea,…these starter selections can often be made…using the Quick Selection tool or the Magic Wand.…So, in this image here, I have two layers.…I have the mysterious rock, and the mysterious sky,…and I've already done some work…to both of these images here,…and let's just take a look at that.…
On the mysterious sky layer,…I used the Liquify tool…to modify just this bottom part of the cloud here.…I got it to where it was pointing downward,…and then I added just a little bit of wispy-ness…to the edge of it.…Then, on the mysterious rock layer,…I used reflected imaging techniques…to basically take one side of the rock…and float it up and reflect it on the other side…to create a more symmetrical look,…which of course is known the world over…
Not to worry. With Photoshop you can replace a sky that doesn't work with one that does. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Seán Duggan shows you how to perform this common compositing task. You'll see examples of sky replacements that don't work, and then learn how to create ones that do. Get a photographer's insight on masking, lighting, and blending adjustments naturally into the background of an existing photo.
- Masking, lighting, and perspective
- Correcting a blown-out sky with HDR exposures
- Shooting replacement images
- Using masks, blend modes, and adjustments layers