Basic Sky Replacement in Photoshop [Video]

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Basic Sky Replacement in Photoshop [Video]

By |2018-08-24T11:56:35+00:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Tutorials, Videos|Tags: , |7 Comments

When you have a simple, boring sky as your background, one thing you can do to enhance the photograph is to replace that sky with a new one. In this video I demonstrate how to replace a sky using Adobe® Photoshop® using the Select and Mask feature. I also show how you can use Smart Objects to more easily swap out different skies.

Want to download a free set of sky overlays? Click here to learn more.

If you would like to start masking skies yourself, I have a huge collection of skies over in my store: Sky & Cloud II. This pack contains 200 high-resolution JPEG sky overlays, plus Luminar and ON1 Photo RAW presets to easily add the skies using those programs. Click here to learn more in the Nicolesy Store.

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About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. James Bruckman July 15, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    You are amazing. Easy to follow instructions and as always great products and perfect price. Thank You

  2. Paul F. Ostrum July 15, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    When I try to add a grey fill layred it doesn’t change to grey but remains checkered, What am I missing?

    • Nicole S. Young July 16, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Hi Paul, you are welcome to send me an email with a screenshot of your problem. Please use the contact information on this page (under the “About > Send a Message” menu drop down).

  3. David Walker July 16, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Nicole, I can’t see anywhere to download those free skies mentioned in your email. Are they on this Web page somewhere and I just can’t find it? Thanks.

    • John H July 16, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      You have to be subscribed to the newsletter I believe to have received the link to the download. If you are, just check your email.

    • Nicole S. Young July 16, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Hi David! There’s a direct link in the email you received, and you can also access it from my blog (I just posted it here today):

      It requires a name/email signup, but if you are already subscribed then the download button will appear moments after you enter in your information.

  4. Pat July 17, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Thx Nicole. Good luck with the move!

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