If you’ve looked into this topic before, you’ve probably noticed that the majority of sky replacement tutorials limit themselves to hard-edged subjects like buildings, to make the masking process easier. To me, this is of fairly limited use and should be pretty easy to do without help anyway. What if you want to replace the sky of a more complex scene? In this tutorial, I’m going to take a nice sunny stand of trees and composite it over a cold, moody sky.
This would normally be a very challenging task, but I’ve come up with a workflow that should make it relatively straightforward for confident Photoshop users. If you’re a Photoshop beginner, following along very carefully should give you a result better than expected and introduce you to some of the most useful masking tools available in Photoshop. Let’s get started!