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The color change with the smart brush is not always what one would hope for.
The tool produces an adjustment layer.
Two things to try:
- Increase the opacity of the the adjustment layer from 75% (default) to 100%
- Scroll through the blending modes to look for additional enhancement. You can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to do that.
For a really good sky replacement technique, look at this thread, esp. posts 1&3. Do download to the Return to Eden brush set referenced there.
Unfortunately a better name for that tool would be "make blue skies bluer". As you've seen, it doesn't do anything to skies that really need help. I'd recommend looking at the other methods in the thread hatstead linked.
Thank you both for the answers. They both are very good. I spend some time on this and was very frustrated, thnking someting was not working right. I needed a little sanity check. Your right if the point is to make blue skys bluer it might have saved me some frustration. I have also seen others who say it doesnt work. I think that really it works exactly as its suppose to eg. Makes blue bluer. They have just chosen pictues that it doesnt work with.