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

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

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

  2. June 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm —

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

  3. June 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm —

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

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

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

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

    Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much:)

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

    You’re awesome!

  7. June 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm —

    Excellent tutorial as usual. Many, many thanks!

  8. June 24, 2009 at 11:56 am —

    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!

  9. June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am —

    Another great tutorial!! Thanks so much.

  10. June 24, 2009 at 11:51 am —

    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!!!

  11. June 24, 2009 at 11:44 am —

    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!

  12. June 24, 2009 at 11:28 am —

    Awesome Tuet. thanks Jodi!

  13. June 24, 2009 at 11:14 am —

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

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

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

  15. June 24, 2009 at 10:12 am —

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips!

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  17. June 24, 2009 at 9:40 am —

    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!

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

    Thanks, Jodi. Fab tutorial.

  19. June 24, 2009 at 9:17 am —

    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!

  20. June 24, 2009 at 9:16 am —

    Great tutorial! Thanks Jodi!

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