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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. Keri Doolittle on June 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Great tutorial! Thanks Jodi!

  2. Elaine Nawiesniak on 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!

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

    Thanks, Jodi. Fab tutorial.

  4. jodi on 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!

  5. heather on June 24, 2009 at 10:12 am


  6. Sarah on June 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips!

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

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

  8. Deene Souza on June 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

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

  9. Sarah on June 24, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Awesome Tuet. thanks Jodi!

  10. Elena on 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!

  11. Susan Keller on June 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Jodi-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. Kim on June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Another great tutorial!! Thanks so much.

  13. Wendy M on 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!

  14. Jana on June 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Excellent tutorial as usual. Many, many thanks!

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

    You’re awesome!

  16. Kristal on June 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much:)

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

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

  18. Marla on 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 🙂

  19. amymom24 on 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.

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

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

  21. Kristy Jo on June 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Great tutorial! Thank you 🙂

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

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

  23. jeanette on June 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    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! LOLThanks so much!xoj

  24. Leah on June 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    You rock my world Jodi. Thanks!

  25. Rose on June 25, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Wow, that was great! I love these tutorials 🙂

  26. Julie on June 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

    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. Tiffany on June 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    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. Cyndi on June 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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

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

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

  30. Kansas A on June 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    EXCELLENT tutorial Jodi, thank you so much 🙂

  31. Tamara on June 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for the great tutorial!!

  32. Colleen on July 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    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. Payday advance on September 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks great tutorial!

  34. Ryan Jaime on March 17, 2012 at 7:10 am


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