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. Choose Edit > Sky Replacement.

  2. Choose a new sky

    • The Sky Replacement flyout menu will appear
    • Select a new sky from the included images 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 flyout menu, 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 blend mode used for adjustments
  • Lighting Adjustment: Opacity slider that lightens or darkens the main image where it blends with the sky - a setting of zero will not make any adjustments
  • Color Adjustment: opacity slider 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 layer group with masks) or a Duplicate Layer (single flattened layer)
Sky Replacement panel
A. Sky Move Tool B. Sky Brush C. Hand Tool D. Zoom Tool E. Select a replacement sky F. Settings G. Recently used sky H. Create new group I. Import Skies from Images J. Delete sky K. Preset Preview Zoom 

In the advanced settings, you can select the following options:

  • Create New Sky Presets: Create a new preset for your sky preferences
  • 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 a sky 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
  • 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 a .sky file.
  • Export Selected Skies: Export chosen sky presets to your machine.