7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 30, 2016 10:30 AM by hatstead

    Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?

      Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5? I'm doing exactly what the Help says and it just does nothing. I'm just trying to remove the white sky from a photo. I've tried both the Background Swatch option and the Sampling once option.

      anu ideas?
        • 1. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
          Mark Sand Level 4
          Assuming your Color Replacement tool works the same as in my PSE2, the tool simply does not work on white or black. You said you want to remove the white sky; are you trying to make it transparent or replace with a sky color? You might try the Magic Wand tool to select it.
          • 2. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
            Level 1
            oh.. wish the Help mentioned that!! Thanks, that is annoying..

            Am trying to replace with a sky colour, so will try the Magic Wand

            thx
            • 3. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
              Mark Sand Level 4
              Here's how to create your own sky using a gradient:

              1. Add a new empty layer.
              2. Set the foreground/background colors to dark and light blue.
              3. Select the sky using the Magic Wand or other tools.
              4. Activate the Gradient tool with the options Linear Gradient and Foreground-to-Background.
              5. Draw the gradient vertically from top to bottom of selection. The degree of the gradient transition depends on the start and end point of the gradient, so you might have to redraw it until you get the result you want.
              http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1KXu3NLD9w0ZKA5ZSxd8QPH018fl1

              Note that you don't really need to draw the gradient on a new layer; it can be directly on the picture layer. However, I wanted to demonstrate that the gradient is solid and wipes out any clouds. If you draw the gradient on a new layer you can then change the layer's blending mode to other than the default of Normal; some of these modes will preserve the clouds and existing light variations to give some interesting results.
              • 4. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                Mark Sand Level 4
                If you do create a solid sky you might want to add some clouds for interest. You can find some very realistic cloud brushes at the Adobe Photoshop Exchange:
                http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange
                Enter "clouds" in the Search box. You can also do a Google search for "Photoshop clouds brush" or similar.

                Here is an example using a variety of cloud brushes:
                http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1onw2KNfuyS47Y978qlmEf0xaGrOe1
                In order to place the clouds behind the lighthouse and trees I first selected the sky, inverted the selection, and did a copy/paste to create Layer 1. I then painted the clouds on the Background layer.
                • 5. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                  Level 1
                  thanks a lot Mark, will try this out
                  • 6. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                    tjdmc98

                    I'm having the same problem but the image I'm trying o edit on is not black or white?

                    • 7. Re: Why won't the Colour Replacement Tool work for me in PSE5?
                      hatstead Adobe Community Professional

                      Try this:

                       

                      You need 2 pictures: The one that you have with the drab sky which you wish to replace, and a picture of a "good" sky - just blue sky with clouds, nothing else on it. You can take the picture of the sky yourself, or download one from another source.

                      Also, familiarize yourself with the gradient tool, as we will be using this in step #7.

                       

                      1. Open your picture (A) (File>open), and open the replacement sky picture (B)
                      2. On the sky picture (B), go to Select>all from the menu, then Edit>copy to place it on the clipboard
                      3. Go back to your picture (A), then Edit>paste. The new sky (B) should come in on a new layer
                      4. With the move tool, use the corner handles to reduce the size of the sky (B) to cover the old sky on (A)
                      5. In the layers palette, set the blending mode of (B) to darken
                      6. Set the foreground color chip to white
                      7. Get the Gradient tool out of the toolbox, and drag a foreground to transparent, linear gradient from below up to the top of the tree line, while holding down the shift key.
                      8. With a soft white brush, at reduced opacity, gently paint the horizon a bit, as we want the horizon to be a tad lighter than the rest of the sky.