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Change a Washed Out Sky?

May 4, 2012 9:16 AM

I have an image that has a washed out sky, almost white in color. I wanted to change the sky but do not have another copy of the image at a different time of day to be able to blend in a different look. There is also a tree in one corner of the image that covers part of the sky making it more difficult to drop the sky out and add a new one. Does anyone have a good suggestion on how to change the look of the sky either by replacing or adding to the existing one? Thank you.

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    May 4, 2012 10:46 AM   in reply to GulfCoast

    Hi GulfCoast,


    Its hard to know the best approach without seeing the actual image but my inclination would be something like this


    1. Create a new empty layer on top of the stack for the sky

    2. Create a selection of the sky area, possibly a just a long rectangle using the rectangular marquee

    3. Add a gradient in the layer within the selection, have the gradient vertical and light at the bottom

    4. Change the Blend Mode of the sky layer to Multiply







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