Long exposure cloud movement: how to give a sharp sky a slow shutter effect

Long exposure cloud movement: how to give sharp skies a slow shutter speed effect

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: steps 10-12

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 10

10 Convert to 8-bit
By changing the bit depth to 16-bit we were able to maximise quality in ACR. However, most of the standard Elements editor’s tools and commands don’t work with 16-bit images, so go to Image > Mode > 8 Bits/Channel to convert the image to 8-bit.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 11

11 Make a selection
Take the Quick Selection tool from the Tools panel, and click and drag over the sky to create a ‘marching ants’ selection. Click the Subtract From Selection button in the Options bar (or hold down Alt) and paint to deselect any light foreground areas you select by mistake.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 12

12 Copy the sky
Press Ctrl+J to copy the selected sky to a new layer, which will be named ‘Layer 1’ by default. Press Ctrl+J again (or drag the ‘Layer 1’ thumbnail onto the Create New Layer button in the Layers panel) to create a copy of the sky layer (‘Layer 1 copy’).

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