Swap the sky in Photoshop

Swap the sky in Photoshop


Hello everyone, today we will change the sky
from one to another. And here’s our main image in Photoshop. First let’s turn this into a layer. Next, because we’re gonna be changing the
sky, we’re gonna be adding a sky picture onto it, I wanna increase the canvas size so that
I have more working space to deal with 2 pictures at the same time. And then let’s pick the right sky image to
put on top of that. Things we need to really consider here would
be the shadows. So base on this we know that the sun’s position
would have to be in the middle center top around here. So let’s pick an image, a sky image that is
close to that. And I would like to use this one. The sun is well positioned so let’s transfer
this to Photoshop. Here we go, let’s Select All, Copy, and let’s
Paste this here. Ok, and let’s put this under the layer. Next step, let’s align the horizons, ok. Actually I’d like to have the beach one slightly
above. And the trick here is we can turn down the
opacity a little bit from the front image, so we can see if we’re all aligned. Little bit down, and let’s have the sun in
the center. Looks like it’s well aligned and let me put
the opacity back up. And then let’s add a clipping mask here. And then use the black brush to start brushing
it. So that the sky at the back would appear. And let’s not go too far down. So here I went a bit below the water line. So next, let’s change it to a white brush. Increase my hardness to max. And brush below the waterline. And go back to 0 hardness, let’s turn down
my opacity and just do a qu.. 1 or 2 runs. So it’s starting to blend in, not perfect. This is just our first run. And then now I’ll zoom in, and then use 100%
opacity and brush our main subjects back out. Like this, and this is actually our most time
consuming part. Take your time on this. The child is actually under the waterline
so it’s gonna be an easier one. And now I realize I picked a harder picture
because I have multiple people above the waterline and I have to do this for multiple people. Let me smoothen this line here. Alright, so here’s our first run. Actually I have to do it on this side as well. And next let’s copy in the original picture
again and paste it on top. Let me turn down the opacity to make sure
that they are well aligned, and they are. So ‘m gonna use this as my darken layer. So first step: select the image that I just
copied in. go to Image ->Adjustment ->Brightness/Contrast. Turn a little bit down the brightness and
go all the way up with the contrast. So the dark area becomes darker. Ok, and let’s create a clipping mask here. Press control I to invert. And then use that white brush again to go
over the horizon line. And you can see that the horizon line has
become darker. And just the opacity to make it blend a little
bit more naturally. And now let’s flip to our black brush. And go to a second run of brushing our subjects
in case they got affected by the darker layer. You can actually make this easier by choosing
a picture where you have less subjects. But the result won’t be as stunning. And then you should notice that every time
you go through this exercise, your subjects would stand out even more. Next, let’s add a bit of haze. So add a new layer, pick up a white brush,
and this is not a clipping mask, this is actually the brush brush, a white one. And have the white brush go through the horizon
line once like this. And then adjust the opacity. This action here would really blend in the
background with the foreground. And now, let’s add a clipping mask. With your black brush, and start brushing
in your subjects again. Let’s zoom out and take a look, now our family
members here are becoming a little bit more 3d, which I really like. As we zoom out, I think we don’t need that
extra white space anymore. So let’s close this down. And I think the sky is way to high here. Let’s bring it down, let’s bring up the sand,
have our subjects in the middle, perfect. [tap] here we go. And next we can add a little bit of emphasis
on the light source going towards our subjects. Just like with the haze, let’s add a new layer. And with the white brush, let’s draw a big
fat white line towards our subject like this [chiu]…Alright, again, let’s adjust the
opacity to make it blend more naturally. Now add a clipping mask, and let’s use our
black brush, to go through that same exercise again. Now look at that. So the bottom layer doesn’t feel like it’s
totally sunset or sunrise like the sky, so what we can do here, we can add and adjustment
layer->color lookup. And let’s see here if we can find a standard
LUT that would give us that feeling that we need. That’s not too bad. oh.. this might work. And usually I don’t like to go a 100% with
the LUT, so let’s play with the opacity again. I kinda like this. And I was also told that during sunrise or
sunset the water is supposed to look much darker, let’s take a look, if I can type. So for example here, see the water here, the
closer it is here to the sunrise or the sunset, the water is actually darker. Here’s another example but I don’t think our
sun is as low as this one, it’s higher. But I think with the new LUT, the water already
go darker. But let’s see if we can do better than that. Oh but before that, looking at this lighter
space, reminds me that I might have missed a very important step. So let’s go back to my darken layer, I am
supposed to choose Darken here. So you see how I closed the lighting gap here. Then now let’s try to make the water even
darker. Let me flatten this first, under Image ->Adjustments
->and Replace Color, let’s use this eyedropper here and select the color I wanna replace,
so around here. I’m gonna make this darker. Ok good, I’m going to increase the range of
color I wanna replace. So I’m going to select here as well. So I was like this, now something like this. And this looks fine to me. And one of the last steps, I’d like to use
the Sponge Tool to make the blue on our subjects even more vibrant. As this would also help contrast out the water
that is now supposed to be dark as supposed to be blue. I think we’re pretty much done here. Our last thing we can add a little bit of
vignette to add some more emphasis towards our center here. So Filter ->Lens Correction ->Custom ->Vignette. let’s do that. And then here we go! I hope you enjoyed the quick time travel. And of course, if you enjoyed the video, Like
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