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.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

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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    Great tutorial! Thanks Jodi!

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    This is a great tip! Thanks for showing us how to do this. I have had a couple of pictures that certainly could have benefited from this!

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    MariaV says:

    Thanks, Jodi. Fab tutorial.

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    jodi says:

    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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    heather says:


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    Sarah says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips!

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    Rachel says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! This was EXACTLY what I had been wondering about! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    Deene Souza says:

    Thank you Jodi! You have such a great resource. We appreciate you so much!

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    Sarah says:

    Awesome Tuet. thanks Jodi!

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    Elena says:

    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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    Susan Keller says:

    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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    Kim says:

    Another great tutorial!! Thanks so much.

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    Wendy M says:

    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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    Jana says:

    Excellent tutorial as usual. Many, many thanks!

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    Robyn says:

    You’re awesome!

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    Kristal says:

    Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much:)

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    Heather Caudill says:

    So fun and cool, thanks for sharing your expertise Jodi!

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    Marla says:

    i was in need of this TODAY! i have a blown sky and came across your tutorial! karma :)

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    amymom24 says:

    Jodi – thank you so much for taking the time to share with us! I really appreciate all the things I learn here.

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    Katy G says:

    Awesome..wondered how that was done. Definitely have quite a few to use this on!

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    Kristy Jo says:

    Great tutorial! Thank you :)

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    Debbie B. says:

    I have watched sky tutorial on You Tube but, yours are simplified and fast……Thanks

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    jeanette says:

    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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    Leah says:

    You rock my world Jodi. Thanks!

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    Rose says:

    Wow, that was great! I love these tutorials :)

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    Julie says:

    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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    Tiffany says:

    Jodi that was a fantastic tutorial!! I haven’t seen such an easy and realistic way to add in a sky! Thank you so much

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    Cyndi says:

    Wow, what an awesome tutorial Jodi! Thanks so much!

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    Char says:

    very cool tutorial, easy and realistic. thanks so much for sharing!

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    Kansas A says:

    EXCELLENT tutorial Jodi, thank you so much :)

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    Tamara says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial!!

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    Colleen says:

    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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    Thanks great tutorial!

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