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Adding Clouds to Image

Ben Willmore

Quick Selection Tips

Ben Willmore

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Lesson Info

11. Adding Clouds to Image

Lesson Info

Adding Clouds to Image

Let's do it with clouds because oftentimes I want to add clouds to my image and so let's see how we might people tio accomplish that if I want to keep the clouds hide the blue sky well first the blending sliders are not available if you're working on a layer called background because the background can never have an area that's transparent that looks like a checkerboard it's just a limitation to the background so you double click on the background if that's what you have and changed the name then you can go down to the bottom of your layers panel two letters fx and that's where we got to blinding options just like before that's what brought us into here and now usually blue sky is going to be darker than clouds and so if I pull this in and say make the dark parts disappear eventually I should be able to get some of those blue sky to disappear and then if you want a soft edge I can hold down option ulta windows to split the slider in half start getting those edges to fade out sometimes ...

you'll have to adjust the brightness of the sky to make the blue blueness of the sky team or even if you have like a dark blue center and really light edges you might have to darken the blues on the outer edge we've got some clouds there if you want to make it permanent I create a brand new empty layer put it underneath in them with the layer that has are clouds active merge down now if you look in the layers pound what do we got some clouds with otherwise transparent stuff if we needed a selection in command click on the thumbnail for the later you'd have a selection of it but now let's take that image and let's see if we just put it on top of something uh here I wish there was some clouds between me in those trees like floating in the air you know it's almost foggy in there the area well let's take this and just use the move tool drag it over here, drag it down and you could see my little clouds off to put it over here so the edge gets cut off there did you see a little clouds stuff so blending sliders could be useful to make the blooding sliders permanent we put an empty later underneath and then take the layer that has the sliders attached to it and say merge down and that makes it permanent and if we need it to be a selection instead on after we emerge it down into the empty layer you can command click on this little thumb now banned click and you'd have a selection of the clouds instead so blending sliders any time the thing that you want to keep is dramatically different in brightness then the stuff you want to get rid of fireworks. Most obvious choice, because that's, always mega brighter than the surroundings, right, cloud's, long's, the skies relatively even. It could work.

Class Description

Learn how to take advantage of Photoshop’s powerful Selection tools and take your image editing skills to the next level.

Join Ben Willmore and explore everything you need to know to quickly select complex objects and refine selections in seconds. You’ll learn how to remove complex backgrounds (like trees and other naturescapes), precisely select smoke, and work with translucent objects. You’ll leave this course ready to make much more effective selections.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



I love learning from Ben Willmore! He has such a friendly, casual style I just love watching him in action. But he never wastes my time, he attacks his topic forcefully, stays focused on his teaching, and I have learned so much watching his videos. Ben is terrific and I strongly recommend this and his other courses on CreativeLive.

Julie Coder

Excellent class! Ben has a very clear presentation style so it's easy to follow along. I appreciate seeing the diverse approaches to selections, and some creative uses as well. Thanks so much!

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What a great course. I thought I knew PS selection until I took this course. Ben Willmore has a great delivery.