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3.1 Sky

In this lesson you'll add some new photo elements that will be used to construct the sky. You'll also learn how to match them to your image, color correct, and blend them together.

1 lesson, 01:25

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2.Adding Images, Masking, and Blending
3 lessons, 33:49

Free Lesson

Masking Techniques


3.Constructing the Sky and Architecture
2 lessons, 26:37



4.Finishing Touches
5 lessons, 55:21

Technical Checks


Blending and Color

Light and Other Adjustments

Final Touches

1 lesson, 00:47


3.1 Sky

Okay, let's continue part 4 of our tutorial. At this point, I think the waterfall is working much better on this section to the left. But the back of the waterfall ends up in the straight horizon. So I want to add a little bit from our main foreground landscape. So let me mask this out. I want to use the top of these rocks, and place them back there over the horizon. So we kind of have the same kind of structures at the edge of that waterfall. I think it makes more sense than having the waterfall end up in a sharp line back there. Yeah, so let's mask a little bit more so it fits right there on top of the edge of the waterfall. And then we're gonna need, Yeah, it's working correctly. And then we're gonna need a little bit of adjustments. Because in this portion we introduce right there it's further back in space, we need to match the haze levels and the color balance. So lets go ahead and create a levels layer first. We lift the blocks a little bit, Until it matches that hazing around that point of the waterfall. And then since it's in the distance at that point, we need a little bit more of cyan and blue so it matches the distance onto the waterfall. So as you can see, cyan is usually part of the atmospheric haze into the distance. It's a usual, typical correction that we make. The more into distance is an element, the more you will need a little bit of cyan in there and blue. Okay, so now let's take care of our temporary sky back there, temporary background. Since the landscape right there for me, It's not working, So I'm gonna use this new image, and maybe we can get away with the sky for it also. Okay, yeah, this image of the distant mountain range, I think it will work so much better. I don't think we'll keep the sky but yeah, it's a lucky strike. I think the landscape will work, the sky won't work in this case. But I am quite liking the mountain range with the lake down there. I think it will work very good. But yeah, let's get rid of this scale. I don't like the sky in this image at all. So using the quick magic wand to make a mask of the sky and remove it at this point. But we will find another sky for it, no worries. But I'm happy with how the landscape looks back there. Much better than our first try. And as we said, it's a puzzle, we need to solve it. So in this case, we did the right move. Yeah, we're gonna remove our original landscape editor. I'm liking the new one much better. It gives more depth and presence to our scene. There's a lot of adjustment still left to do, but I'm liking it much better. Let's move our original scale a little bit down, so we can see how is it working. Yeah, it's gonna work correctly. Let's see the whole thing. I still think we need a new sky, a better one. So I think I have an image that will help us through this. Yeah, maybe if we combine a couple. Let's see. Let's see what we have right here. I need to scale it up quite a bit. Let me see if it worked because, as you can see, we brought it in as a marked up jigsaw. Maybe the resolution is good. Let me scale it down and see how it will work because I want to place a light source kind of indication, not clear, but on to left to make sense on the light direction we have chosen for the rest of image. That, as we've seen comes from left to right. So, yeah. It's a matter of looking it through. Yeah, I need to scale it down a little bit. And about there, I think the resolution for this image will work. We just need to adjust. And now I need to make a soft mask right here so we don't have a sharp edge on the sky which is narrow. And we're building up our sky. I think I like this image. Maybe if we move the original a little bit to the right. And as we talked about it several times, it's a puzzle. We're trying to solve it. But let's find a position for that. I think right there. Yeah, I think right there, it's working. A little bit more blending needs to be done between the two, but overall, I'm liking how it's looking. Okay, so I think we found our new sky element, and by changing a little bit the original one, I think we have something that is working. Of course we have to softly blend it. We don't want anything sharp going on in our sky. In any way, we will still be going back to this and fine-tuning the detail, checking everything. But for now, it's a matter of solving the overall look of our image, which is looking good. We did some nice changes. Let's add right now a level layer for our sky. So we can start doing some adjustments, as you can see. Changing the levels a little bit on the sky back there instantly makes it feel more integrated with the new element for the distant mountain range we just did. We adjust the color balance just a tiny bit And I think everything is looking quite good. We might need to do something about this mountain range back there to the right. And we need to blend this straight line right there. That it's part of what we painted in. So let me find the section. But for now, let's end up this lesson right there as we blend that sharp line back into our image. We end this lesson right here, and I'll see you up in the next one.

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