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A Technique For Quick Sky Replacement in Photoshop or PSE

Published: 24/05/2011
By: larry

Thanks to Jonathan Calvert of Houston, TX for passing along his tutorial for a quick and easy way to replace skies. Jonathan says, "I know there has been a hundred tutorials on sky replacement, but they all seem too "intricate" for fast turn around real estate pictures, especially if you have multiple outdoor shots on each house and you are shooting 10 homes per day. Therefore, I did a screen recording showing the method I do."

The other thing I like about this technique is that it works will most versions of both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop. It makes use of the magic wand selection tool which has been in all versions of Photoshop and PSE for a long while.

If you need skys to use with this technique don't forget the PFRE Sky library.

7 comments on “A Technique For Quick Sky Replacement in Photoshop or PSE”

  1. I am not sure I like that method. Topaz Remask does quite a good job and is much easier then that. Even using the background eraser tool with discontinuous and selecting the Grey sky works better. Using magic wand IMO should be a last resort.

  2. @John I think the reason I shy away from doing magic wand is that I live in the pacific north west. Many of the properties I shoot have heavy tree cover in the back ground. It becomes hard to magic wand it all out. The TopazRemask does a fantastic job of calculating what should go and what should stay.

    I am also evaluating a couple other re-masking tools to see if they offer any better results. So far though TopazRemask is doing the best job for me.

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