Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using blending modes for complex edges, part of Replacing a Sky in Photoshop.
- On some images with more complex and intricate edge lines…such as landscape scenes…where lacy tree branches are juxtaposed against the sky,…it can be really tricky…to get a good mask edge using standard selection…or mask refinement techniques.…In some cases, however,…blending modes can be used…to create a more convincing composite…in these more complicated edge areas.…So, in this shot here…of a jungle in Hawaii,…you can see that I've got these tree branches…that are sticking up in front of a totally blown out sky…and this is just really one of those areas…that would be very, very challenging…to try to get a good mask…using more conventional masking methods,…especially since there are areas of varying brightness here…and some of the leafs are actually pretty light…and just sort of barely there.…
So in some situations, there's a way…that we can use blend modes to try to address this.…It's not a perfect solution…and sometimes you do have to modify it a little bit,…but in certain images that fit the bill,…it might be just the right solution that will work for you.…
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