How to Add a “Fake” Sky to a Photo in Photoshop

This video will teach you two methods for adding an artificial sky to a photograph where they sky has been accidentally blown out.  Of course getting this right in camera is better and more preferable.  But sometimes if you do not have fill flash or a reflector, skies will be sacrificed so that people in the photo are properly exposed.  You have to decide if the photo looks fine with the white sky.  If not, here are a few ways you can fix it in photoshop.

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Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    blown skies don’t bother me, but it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve just in case! thanks for the great tutorial!

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    Very cool tip! Thanks. It is easier to get it right in the camera at times, but there are times when you sacrafice the sky for the moment, so this rocks!

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    Thank you so much for this tutorial. White skies are a way of life here in SoCal. I think I’m going to love a subtle application of blue gradient!!!

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    I’ve always used the gradient tool one, but never tried taking the sky from another picture. Might give it a shot next time. Thanks for all your tutorials. You rock!

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    Great info.. MAN was I ever doing this the hard way! O M G! LOL I’m laughing at my weak attempts prior to watching your video! LOL

    Thanks so much!

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    Thanks so much! I’ve been playing around with doing this lately and this made it much more understandable!! Thanks again for all that you teach. you’re the greatest!

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    Great tutorial. This can be more challenging with an image containing more trees with patches of sky showing thru leaves. Any tips for handling that?

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