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  • Open both pictures.

  • Use the move tool to separate the pictures
  • Drag the sunset picture on top of the landscape picture.
  • Reduce the opacity of the sunset layer so you can see what you are doing.
  • Stretch the sunset picture by pulling the nodes on the sides of the picture. Use the shift key to distort the sunset picture if you need to.  Be sure the horizon of the sunset picture will not show through on the landscape picture.
  • Drag the layer down into the CREATE NEW LAYER ICON to copy the landscape layer.
  • Drag the landscape layer to the top of the layers palette.
  • From the top menu in Photoshop, click Select – Color Range. A new window opens.
  • Click on the new eyedropper icon.
  • Click the middle tone color of the sky you want replaced.
  • Pull the Fuzziness and the Range sliders to 100% or close to 100%.
  • Click Okay and you’ll see the selection.
  • Hold the ALT or OPT and click Add Layer Mask
  • That’s it!
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  1. Mick

    Thank you, ma’am, for your explanation and very useful advice.

    • Peggy Farren

      Thank you for commenting and watching! This is my favorite way to swap out a sky. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work every time but it does work most of the time!


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