Sky Replacements in Photoshop
On the sky is completely overblown, overexposed because I was exposing to the house, I could have bracketed this photo and done one exposed to the sky. But even with this photo, if I drop down the exposure, you get a little bit of information in the sky, I'm just doing this just to show us what's in the sky, but it's not that dynamic of a sky. So this is on the edge of what, what you believe is morally right? In terms of how you create photos and it might depend on your real estate agent and maybe on a job, the agent will tell you can you replace that sky, make it look better. This is a common practice. So it's up to you to decide if you want to do this. But let me show you the process right. Click your photo and choose edit in Photoshop because this is currently done in Photoshop. Perhaps in the future, you'll be able to do this in lightroom as well. Once it opens up in Photoshop, go to edit sky replacement here, it's going to open this window. And if you have the preview button check...
ed on you can see what's actually happening at the top. You have options for skies and Photoshop comes with a bunch of different options. You can also import photos of skies, which I think makes most sense. If you're in a location, skies look different, clouds look different. So you might as a real estate photographer wanna go out there and try to capture beautiful skies in your location. See how this photo, it's not exactly perfect the warmth of the sunset. You wanna make sure you try to match it as much as possible. So you can go through here. That one doesn't look that realistic and there's gonna be settings that we can use too to to adjust this, this one not that great. This one might work but the color isn't great. So if you find a photo that you like, then we can go in and play around with the adjustments, there's different things you can do to adjust the edge, fade the edge. So it does a pretty good job asking out the edges Photoshop super powerful now, but you could adjust the edge and the fade to fix that up. So we wanna definitely brighten this up quite a bit. So it looks like it matches the exposure of this photo. We'll probably make it, you're gonna make it a little bit more blue unless you wanna go warm. But I think blue is gonna look good. Something like that looks pretty good. You can scale it up. See how if I do that, the clouds move closer, scale it down if you want. OK. And this is gonna depend on the photo you upload, you can flip it, you can then make foreground adjustments. So this applies to sort of the edge where this photo is being like overlaid onto your your photo. So here we can adjust it kind of blends it in. So see it's really hard for you to see. But with the foreground lighting, you turn that down or up, you can see that it kind of adjust the fade into the trees. All these things are meant to just fine tune the edge and you can play around with them color adjustment, add some of the color of the photo to your foreground to. So this this doesn't look too bad. The only thing I don't like about this photo is that in the original photo, we have this sunset right here. So I might choose a different one for this photo. But once you're happy with your adjustments, you can choose to output it to a new layer or a duplicate layer, I would just choose new layer and click. OK. And now we have this new sky replacement group that includes the photo and all the adjustments that we made to make this look better. The only thing I don't like about this photo is how the sun in the original photo is actually shining through the tree. Here, but with the sky replacement, there's no sun there. So there's different things I could do to remove that sun. But I would do that before with something like the healing brush tool or the clone tool. And I'll show you that right now, but now you know how to use sky, the sky replacement. So, um that's pretty much it for sky replacement. But if I want to remove that, an easy way to do it is with the heat spot healing brush tool. So take that tool, adjust the size of your brush up here. You can also press the control option. That would be the command alt I believe on a PC and drag it left or right to make it bigger or smaller. And then I'm just gonna paste paint over that and it looks like it was choosing some leaves from over here. So I'm just gonna do this a couple times. You could also get a little bit more specific with the clone stamp tool. It works similarly. But now I can actually select a part of the image that I want to copy and paste to the new spot. So option to make a selection and then I go to the new part and select or click to paint it on. Basically, since this is a tree, it, it works pretty, pretty dang good. It's pretty easy. It's hard to tell if you just look at this photo, it looks perfect and then I would go to edit sky replacement. It's gonna add the preview on and it chooses the same photo as before. So we're just gonna have to increase the brightness like we did before we make it a little bit blue, a couple little adjustments and that looks a lot better, even brighter. All right. So now we have this new Sky Replacement group turn on or off and that looks much, much more natural. Now, one thing I didn't mention though is that I would edit this photo in lightroom, the original photo to get it straight, get the line straight, the crop, right, the colors and everything. I would get that done first in lightroom with the original photo before bringing it into Photoshop to add a new sky because now I could go back to lightroom and edit this and it will be fine. But I, I like doing the original editing first. When you're done with all this, you click save command S or control SS on a PC. And if I go back to lightroom, it'll pop up as a new photo similar as we've seen before. Whenever you save a new photo from Photoshop, it adds a new version in lightroom. I can flag that as the one that I want to continue working with from here. All right. Thanks so much for watching and we'll see you in another lesson.