Sky Blown Out

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by babypink2807, May 2, 2009.

  1. babypink2807

    babypink2807 Guest


    I have taken a photo outside which has my subject and background is
    trees and sky. Sadly the sky has blown out and is practically white.
    What I wold like to do is replace it with blue sky and clouds. I have
    my original photo, then created a layer of the same image to create a
    more rich in colour by using overlay which is fine. But now I need to
    improve the sky, but when I create a new layer (blank) and click
    filer, render, clouds it overlays over the top completely. Can anyone
    help me please?

    babypink2807, May 2, 2009
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  2. babypink2807

    Dave Guest

    Select only the from the horizon upwards (or the portion which you
    want to add the new sky to, of course) and do it. You can also
    (afterwards) use the eraser tool on order to erase portions of the new
    add-on if necessary.
    Dave, May 2, 2009
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  3. babypink2807

    Dave Guest

    and rendering clouds may not be what you need. Find 'cloud brushes'
    via your search machine which may be a better option.
    Dave, May 2, 2009
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    John Forest Guest

    You have to select the sky area and then with the selection active click on
    ADD LAYER MASK with the layer that has the clouds as the active layer. You
    need to make a really careful selection and then feather it slightly so it
    blends in properly.
    John Forest, May 2, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    Why finding an easier way to make thing more difficult? Or just use the
    exact same technique I have mentioned so many times before.

    1. Making a dupe of the original

    2. Adjusting one layer til happy with the sky

    3. Selecting the Quick Mask then start masking it around.

    That's it! no need to create the masked file.
    Joel, May 3, 2009
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, May 3, 2009
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    Fred Guest

    Fred, May 3, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    This technique is replacing the sky, and it may only work (best) on some
    photo (like the sample photo) but not all. IOW, it's a good masking example
    but it's pretty much a showing off sample cuz.

    - It may only work with some not all photo

    - It may only good for displaying not printing.
    Joel, May 3, 2009
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    Fred Guest

    See "related" in the link and on the page. There are lot's of techniques.
    Could you explain your quickmasking technique regarding branches and trees?
    Tedious work, IMHO.
    Personally I would go for a channel mask.
    Fred, May 3, 2009
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    Dave Guest

    Who wanna bet after all this replies,
    this is one of those posters we will not hear from again.
    So, who are we talking to? To each other?
    Dave, May 4, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    The technique using quick mask (my style) that you don't have to make a
    Masked file to worry about the branches. Or trying to create a masked file
    out of a complex photo like hair, tree branches etc. isn't easy, and it may
    only good for displaying but not for printing.

    My technique is pretty simple.

    1. Making the dupe of the original.

    2. Adjusting one layer, blown out sky for example til you are happy with the
    result. Don't worry about the other part which will become too dark, cuz
    you want the SKY *not* other part.

    3. Then use Quick Mask command to Seal whatever you don't want to see, and
    Review whatever you want to see. Using low Opacity and good Brushing skill
    then you will have a good blending.

    Channel Mask is usually good for making a Masked File, but when you have a
    Masked File then you will have to deal with the edge, and you may need to
    master the blending command to be able to get to the next level. Channel
    Masking was what I started with many years ago, but I never like the edge so
    I have to develope my own style base on the commands I know.
    Joel, May 5, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    I read in the news that the OP has already killed himself <bg>
    Joel, May 5, 2009
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    Fred Guest

    The technique using quick mask (my style) that you don't have to make a
    Thanks for explaining, I don't think I have the time nor the patience to do
    it like that,
    even with a Wacom tablet, which I use a lot. (Even in quickmask mode ;-)
    But if it works for you, all the better.
    To each his own style, I prefer to let PS do the hard work.
    Fred, May 5, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    I do that because I don't want to waste too much energy on thing I don't
    need, or I don't want to waste any energy to fix the Masked File. I have to
    develope a quick and dirty technique because I don't have much patience left
    to waste.
    Joel, May 6, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    Lets count the time together <bg>

    1. About 1-2 seconds to make a dupe or original layer

    2. 5-10 seconds to darken the blown out

    3. And for slow-hand on a little complex photo, it may take 2-5 minutes to
    mask out the blown out sky. For simple one like the video tutorial it may
    take around 1-2 minute for both oldbie and newbie, which is much faster than
    messing with the channel, not even talk about cleaning the edge.
    Joel, May 6, 2009
  16. Curious you are hanging around the PS group, then?

    Michael J Davis

    "Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
    As he landed his crew with care;
    Supporting each man on the top of the tide
    By a finger entwined in his hair.

    "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true."
    Michael J Davis, May 15, 2009
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    Dave Guest

    Have you guys noticed, even after Mike's excellent reply,
    the idiotic_OP never had the decency thanking him.
    Are we not used to it?

    Anyway Mike, more people appreciated your tutorial
    than only the op who certainly saved it. Thank you.
    Dave, May 16, 2009
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