Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Refine Edge to mask hair, part of Replacing a Sky in Photoshop.
- So far, we've been working with pretty basic…selection and gradient techniques to build…and modify the layer masks that we've used…in the sky replacement exercises.…But not all images have simple separations…between the main subject and the sky…or the background that needs to be replaced.…To explore a subject with a more challenging edge,…we'll work with this image of a horse…with its mane blowing in the wind.…So, this exercise has a lot in common…with any project where you have a portrait subject…and you need to replace the background.…
So we're actually just going to be replacing…the entire background behind the horse,…not just replacing the sky.…For example, if you had a portrait of a…fashion model with her hair blowing around her,…and you had to replace the background,…the challenge is with masking the hair…would be the same as with this image.…Now I don't photograph beautiful fashion models…that often, but I do like to photograph beautiful horses…so that's why we're using this image.…So I'm going to start off by making sure that…
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