Adobe Photoshop Tutorial: How to place a sky overlay
Placing a sky overlay on an image in Photoshop can turn an average image into an AMAZING image. It is such a quick and simple method, and can make such a difference to your image. Read on to learn how to place a sky overlay in Adobe Photoshop.
Open the photo you would like to edit in Photoshop.
Open your ‘sky’ image by placing an embedded image.
To do this; click edit > Place embedded
Select your sky from a collection of sky images you have gathered earlier.
Align your sky over the open space in your original chosen image.
Change your Opacity Layer to ‘Multiply’. This will make the sky layer transparent. You will then need to create a New Layer Mask. Once you have created the new layer mask, click on the Gradient Tool in the tool bar. You’ll want to drag the gradient from about halfway down the sky to the bottom of the sky in the image (as shown).
Note: if you can’t locate your gradient took, you might need to right-click on your Paint Bucket tool to find it.
Once you have used your gradient tool, it should look like this:
To blend in the sky with the rest of the picture you will need to select your Eraser Tool. Once selected, lower the opacity of the eraser – this will help it blend. I have used 49%, but you can lower the opacity if you need. Erase around the edges that do not require sky
And that’s it! Once you have erased and blended the sky to the image, you are done. Experiment with other images and skies as well. You’ll be amazed how a simple change of sky can dramatically change the mood of an image.
Sky Overlay examples
Now that you know how to do it, give sky overlays a go on Adobe Photoshop! I’d love to see how you go, post your images on the pRIOnts Facebook page