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

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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  1. June 24, 2009 at 9:16 am — Reply

    Great tutorial! Thanks Jodi!

  2. June 24, 2009 at 9:17 am — Reply

    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!

  3. MariaV
    June 24, 2009 at 9:38 am — Reply

    Thanks, Jodi. Fab tutorial.

  4. June 24, 2009 at 9:40 am — Reply

    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!

  5. June 24, 2009 at 10:12 am — Reply


  6. June 24, 2009 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips!

  7. Rachel
    June 24, 2009 at 10:20 am — Reply

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

  8. June 24, 2009 at 11:14 am — Reply

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

  9. June 24, 2009 at 11:28 am — Reply

    Awesome Tuet. thanks Jodi!

  10. June 24, 2009 at 11:44 am — Reply

    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!

  11. June 24, 2009 at 11:51 am — Reply

    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!!!

  12. June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Another great tutorial!! Thanks so much.

  13. June 24, 2009 at 11:56 am — Reply

    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!

  14. June 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Excellent tutorial as usual. Many, many thanks!

  15. Robyn
    June 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    You’re awesome!

  16. Kristal
    June 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much:)

  17. Heather Caudill
    June 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm — Reply

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

  18. June 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm — Reply

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

  19. June 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm — Reply

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

  20. Katy G
    June 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm — Reply

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

  21. June 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    Great tutorial! Thank you 🙂

  22. Debbie B.
    June 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm — Reply

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

  23. June 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    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!

  24. June 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    You rock my world Jodi. Thanks!

  25. June 25, 2009 at 1:41 am — Reply

    Wow, that was great! I love these tutorials 🙂

  26. June 25, 2009 at 10:42 am — Reply

    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!

  27. June 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    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

  28. June 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm — Reply

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

  29. Char
    June 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm — Reply

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

  30. June 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    EXCELLENT tutorial Jodi, thank you so much 🙂

  31. June 30, 2009 at 12:43 am — Reply

    Thank you for the great tutorial!!

  32. July 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    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?

  33. September 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    Thanks great tutorial!

  34. March 17, 2012 at 7:10 am — Reply


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