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 10-12

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 10

10 Add a mask
Go back to the Channels panel then hold Ctrl/Cmd and click the Sky channel to load the white areas in the channel as a selection. Next, go to the Layers panel and Alt-click the Add Layer Mask icon. This will add a mask that hides the selected area, removing the original sky.

 

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 11

11 Crop and copy
Grab the Crop tool and drag up on the top of the crop box to add more room for the new sky. Next, open castle_sky.jpg then go to the Layers Panel, right-click the background layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Set Destination to castle_land.dng, then press OK. Close the sky image.

 

Professional photo editing techniques for getting perfect skies: step 12

12 Position a new sky
In the Layers panel, drag the sky layer to the bottom. Go to Edit>Free Transform. Now you need to drag the sky around a bit until you’re happy with the position; hold Shift while dragging a corner point to resize the sky if necessary. Press Enter to apply the transformation.

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