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Enhancing sky without artifacts

May 4, 2013 9:59 PM

I have been given a bunch of old pictures & asked to enhance them. Changing levels, & using autofix works for most of them but many of them also need sharpening. 

 

The sharpening tool 'unsharp' works well on most areas of the picture expect for the sky where it can make very obvious artifacts. 

 

What is the best way to fix the skys?  I could possible start with the magic want & then some blur or is there a better way?

 

Thanks in advance

 
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    May 5, 2013 4:15 AM   in reply to The Old Fart

    There are better ways. Here

     

    is one:

     

    Download

     

    the free Return to Eden cloud brushes from Adobe Studio Exchange.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail& extid=1041011

     

    To use these, set the foreground color chip to white, click to apply them - don't paint

     

    A good light sky color is C7D7EA. A good darker sky color is 628DC0  (zero)

     

    1. Duplicate the background layer
    2. Use the magic wand tool to select the old sky, then delete it
    3. Fill the selection with replacement sky using one of the above colors, or  another if you prefer
    4. Open a blank layer at the top of the stack and add the clouds. You can use the bracket keyes to change the size of the clouds
     
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    May 5, 2013 1:39 PM   in reply to The Old Fart
     
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    May 6, 2013 3:39 AM   in reply to The Old Fart

    Hatstead's link works for me, and that's the same link I refer to in my msg#2 example.

     

    eden.jpg

     
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    May 6, 2013 6:47 AM   in reply to The Old Fart

    As confirmed by Mark Sand, the link works fine.

    You need to log on to the Adobe Exchange, download the brush file, then install the brushes.

    Do you know how to do this?

     
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    May 7, 2013 4:10 AM   in reply to The Old Fart

    In my PSE version the brushes are in folder \Photoshop Elements\Presets\Brushes

     
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