I bet you all have those amazing sky images that will never got accepted in the stock agencies because of the very well covered subject in their database. Well, here’s how to use them and make your other images more attractive for the buyers just in 4 steps.
1.Open both the original image and the image of the wanted sky.
2.Copy and paste the sky image over the original one.
3.If the sky is too dark or light for the image, use a tool like the Curves tool to lighten it so it blends in better with the target image.
4.Now all you have to do is to remove the sky from over the people, buildings, trees, camels, etc. With the sky layer selected, click the Add a Layer Mask icon at the foot of the Layer palette. Paint on the mask in black to reveal the original image underneath.
I'd just like to add that wherever you are and you see a great cloudscape, you should photograph it, included a little horizon. Not for stock but as a set you can use to replace dull skies over otherwise great landscapes and subjects. Having a (large) number of cloudscapes/skies ready on your disk comes in very handy. Use a polarizing filter to make the contrasts more dramatic since artificial skies with a PS gradient will always have banding. This is especially true for cloudless skies.
Thank you all! Debbie, take the thingy sooner ;) Maen, no camels, no fun! :) Susan, you could also add a feet border :P Serdar, only step 4 is that counts! And you could always find an easier way to do it, with more practice. Rui, my pleasure! ;)
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