How to use the Sky Replacement Tool in Photoshop

Using the Sky Replacement Tool in Photoshop

Adobe has added a Sky Replacement tool in the new Photoshop update. This automatic tool takes out the painstaking time spent making the perfect layer mask to blend in a new sky. It also gives you access to the automated layer mask so you can make any needed edits! Try these easy steps to test out the new tool, and download our Photoshop file to follow along the tutorial!

Step 1

First, you need to pick your image. A high resolution image where you can clearly see the shadows or light source direction will work best for starting with this tool. This image doesn’t have harsh shadows, but it does have a clear light source. Open the image into Photoshop and let's get started!


Step 2

Duplicate the image layer! While the automated tool does provide some non-destructive editing, it’s always a good idea to duplicate the background layer.


Step 3

Under the “Edit” drop-down, choose “Sky Replacement.” If you don’t see this option make sure your photoshop is up to date!


Step 4

The tool will pull up a tab with multiple editing options and pre-loaded sky images. You can upload your own image, but there are a variety of different skies to choose from. Examine your original image to make sure you know where the light source is and how direct it is. This will help you find a sky image that matches best.


Step 5

Use the different slider editing options to edit your chosen sky image. The tool offers a lot of customization so you can make it a perfect match.


Step 6

It’s time for more editing. This automated tool gives you the editing layers with layer masks to make any more needed edits! Any spots that didn’t register as part of the sky can be manually painted in using the provided layer mask.


This new tool will save you a lot of time and energy on any sky images you need to edit. The best part is it does it with non-destructive editing and gives you all the editing layers to customize!