Professional photo editing tricks: how to get perfect skies in ALL your raw images

Professional photo editing tricks: how to get perfect skies in ALL your raw images

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: steps 7-9

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 7

07 Paint along the edges
With the Overlay mode, we don’t need to be so precise with our brushing. Dark areas will go darker when painted over with black, while lighter areas are less likely to be affected. Press D then X to set the colour to black, then paint over the land until it’s one big black block.

 

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 8

08 Whiten the sky
Press X to flip your colour to white, then paint over the sky. This time the darker areas will remain unaffected by your white brush, so you can be even less precise with the painting. If any spots need filling in with white or black, change the mode back to Normal and paint to finish off.

 

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 9

09 Convert the layer
Once you’re happy that the land is all black and the sky all white, click on the RGB channel in the Channels panel to return to the view of the image. 
Go to the Layers Panel (Window>Layers) and double-click the background layer, then click OK to make it editable.

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