help with sky area in picture

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Scudo
Oct 29, 2005
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Only just realising when I got back home the pictures I had taken for my website have an overcast sky, I should have waited til the sun came out. Anyhow what is the best way to `turn the sky blue`
It is a smallish section (about 10% of pic) but does contain a tree on one side ,so not all straight edges.
I do have other pictures that I can `copy` the sky from
Previously I have just used the clone stamp for this type of thing but I dont know how to deal with the `tree` area

As you can probably tell my knowledge of photoshop is limited (version 6.0)

help appreciated

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Trial Run
Oct 29, 2005
I am new also, but what if you used the selection tool, play with the tolerance to select the tree and then you can clone around the tree as the clone will not go inside the selected area?
You might need to inverse…or not….I always get confused which way I need to go until I try it!!
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Flo Nelson
Oct 29, 2005
"Trial Run" wrote in message
I am new also, but what if you used the selection tool, play with the tolerance to select the tree and then you can clone around the tree as the clone will not go inside the selected area?
You might need to inverse…or not….I always get confused which way I need to go until I try it!!

You can also just erase once you have a selection. Put the sky image on a layer underneath and the sky will show through. I usually find I have to adjust the sky layer (or the original layer or both) in various ways to make it blend with the original picture.

Flo
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m.golner
Oct 30, 2005
Scudo wrote:
Only just realising when I got back home the pictures I had taken for my website have an overcast sky, I should have waited til the sun came out. Anyhow what is the best way to `turn the sky blue`
It is a smallish section (about 10% of pic) but does contain a tree on one side ,so not all straight edges.
I do have other pictures that I can `copy` the sky from
Previously I have just used the clone stamp for this type of thing but I dont know how to deal with the `tree` area

As you can probably tell my knowledge of photoshop is limited (version 6.0)
help appreciated
I’ve always hads trouble doing this kind of thing using selections. When I zoom to 100%, there are always artifacts around the leaves of the tree.

Here’s another approach which I’ve had very good success with, assuming your sky is lighter than the sky you want to create, and the tree/leaves are darker. In this case, use a gradient fill with the blending mode set to darken.

Start by making a rough selection of the sky, including all of those little pieces poking through the tree. You just want to make sure that you have excluded any areas in the non-sky portion that are lighter than the sky you will be creating. Set a foreground color you want for the top of the sky, and a background color you want for the low sky, at the horizon. Then select the gradient tool, select the linear option, and set the mode to darken. Click (and hold) at the top of your shot (high sky, and drag a vertical line to the horizon, then release, and you should have a reasonable sky. Mess with different colors for the sky as you wish. As a final step, you may wish to add a slight bit of gaussian blur to the sky (use select color range, or the magic wand tool) to avoid the plastic look. HTH.
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m.golner
Oct 30, 2005
As a final step, you may wish to add a slight bit of gaussian
blur to the sky (use select color range, or the magic wand tool) to avoid the plastic look.

Oops! Sorry, I didn’t mean gaussian blur. Instead, add noise (from the filter menu, noise, add noise). Click the gaussian distribution button, and experiment with maybe .5% to 1%. Again, sorry.
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Scudo
Oct 30, 2005
Thanks guys I will try your suggestions and see how it goes

appreciated

"Mike G." wrote in message
As a final step, you may wish to add a slight bit of gaussian
blur to the sky (use select color range, or the magic wand tool) to avoid the plastic look.

Oops! Sorry, I didn’t mean gaussian blur. Instead, add noise (from the filter menu, noise, add noise). Click the gaussian distribution button, and experiment with maybe .5% to 1%. Again, sorry.

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