How To Add Sky Overlays To A Tricky Skyline In Photoshop + FREEBIE SKY OVERLAY!
Sky overlays are awesome! They can take an ok photo and turn it into something that is truly amazing. You probably have learned a few ways already to add in a sky (if not, not biggie…you’ll learn here), but what happens when your skyline is tricky? Maybe there are a lot of trees or other objects in the ways that’s keeping you from really creating a believable sky. Let’s learn how to not get stressed out if that happens and know exactly what you can do! Here’s how to add sky overlays to a tricky skyline in Photoshop!
Add The Sky
First, place the sky over your photo. Use the move tool to place it exactly over the area you’d like it to be.
Adjust the Sky
Want it lighter? This is a common issue photographers face when trying to make their sky look realistic. To make it lighter, just decrease the opacity to your liking. See below.
First start by simply grabbing your gradient tool and dragging it up. The horizon lines are naturally lighter so the gradient will make the sky look more realistic. Hopefully this will clear the sky off any objects.
Change the Blend Mode
Second, you can always turn the blending mode of your sky to multiply. A lot of the time, simple song this will make the sky blend nicely and realistically in with any tricky objects in the background
Work a little bit of magic
This last technique is a bit trickier, but you can do it, I know you can! (highly recommended to watch the video tutorial above to really understand this one!)
Double click inside the sky adjustment layer (not right on the sky in the layer, but off to the side- see video below ) A new window will pop up. This next part will take some practice and will be different for every photo.
With gray selected, move both arrows to the right until you see the sky disappear from the trees in your photo. If you need a little extra, hit the ALT key as you do this and it will drag even more off.
To pull even more of the sky off, change the color to blue and do the same thing.
Using one, two or all three of these techniques should help you clean up the areas of the sky that are tricky.
Give it a try! It does take a little practice, but you’ve got this!
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