Replacing Bad Skies in Post

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We all have tons of images that could be so much more compelling if it weren’t for that blasted dull sky.  You know that giant gray nothingness that seems to suck the power right out of your masterpiece.

In my view, an awesome sky can totally change the mood, feel and drama of a landscape image.  It is a huge component of the final composites I create for clients.  I will be the first to admit that clipping skies can be a tedious drag.  I have, to some degree, made peace with it taking the “Zen” approach, “The journey is the adventure, enjoy every moment”.  That all sounds cool until you start working on the leaves and trees in your scene.

Here is a technique you can use that will dramatically reduce the retouching time and frustration you experience while clipping.


  1. Find and open an image that you want…

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