Replace the sky in your photos

Create the mood you want with a quick sky replacement

In the past, replacing the sky required multiple steps and careful fine tuning in order to achieve a seamless look. Now you can save time and get the look you want by letting Adobe Sensei do the masking and blending for you. 

Add drama to your images with Sky Replacement

Introduced in October 2020 (v22.0)

Reduce the number of steps in your photo editing workflow by using the new Sky Replacement feature.

Follow these 3 simple steps to get started:

Replaced sky

  1. Access Sky Replacement

    Choose Edit > Sky Replacement.

  2. Choose a new sky

    • The Sky Replacement dialog will appear
    • Select a new sky from the included presets or add one of your own
  3. Adjust the settings to create the perfect image

    The sky area on the original image is automatically selected and masked, allowing the new sky to be displayed based on your selected options. For a seamless look, adjust the sliders to modify the sky and blend the foreground with the background colors.

    Easily replace the sky in your image
    Easily replace the sky in your image

Fine tune Sky Replacement settings

In the Sky Replacement dialog, you can set the following options:

  • Shift Edge: Determines where the border between the sky and the original image begins.
  • Fade Edge: Sets the amount of fading or feathering from the sky image to the original photo along the edges
  • Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the sky
  • Temperature: Adjusts the temperature of the sky warmer or cooler
  • Scale: Resizes the sky image
  • Flip: Flips the sky image horizontally
  • Lighting mode: Determines the blending mode used for lighting adjustments
  • Lighting Adjustment: Opacity slider that lightens or darkens the original image where it blends with the sky - a setting of zero will not make any adjustments
  • Color Adjustment: Opacity slider that determines how strongly the foreground is harmonized with the sky colors - a setting of zero will not make any adjustments
  • Output: This allows you to select whether the changes to the image are placed on New Layers (named Sky Replacement Group) or a Duplicate Layer (single flattened layer)
Sky Replacement panel in Photoshop

A. Sky Move tool B. Sky Brush C. Hand Tool D. Zoom Tool E. Manage sky presets F. Preset Preview Zoom G. Delete Skies H. Import skies from images I. Create a new sky group J. Recently used skies K. Sky Preset Menu 

Select and manage sky presets

In the Sky Preset flyout menu, you can set the following options:

  • Import Skies:
    • Import Skies from images: Use for creating one or more new sky presets from the user-selected sky images. This function allows you to select multiple images and import them as new presets in one batch.
    • Import Skies from Sky Presets: Use for importing existing sky presets from one or more .sky files 
  • Create New Sky Group: Create a new group of presets for various sky use cases that you frequently work with
  • Rename Sky: Change the name of a sky from the list
  • Delete Sky: Delete one or more skies from the list
  • Show Recents: Show recently accessed skies on the list
  • Append Default Skies: Use this option to append Sky defaults to the list of Sky presets
  • Export Selected Skies: Export chosen sky presets to a .sky file and save it on your machine.
Improved Sky Replacement panel
Use Sky Replacement to add drama to your images in Photoshop

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