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Do you want to learn how to do a sky replacement in Photoshop? Often, the most impactful adjustment you can make to a real estate photograph has nothing to do with the real estate itself.

To sell a property faster, you need to create a feeling that home buyers can’t resist. They need to be able to imagine themselves living in that property.

So in this post, we’ll show you how to do a sky replacement in Photoshop to enhance your real estate photographs and help you sell a property faster.

But before we show you how to make your property irresistible to home buyers, let’s first look at the benefits of sky replacement in real estate photographs.

A Beautiful Sky Captivates Buyers’ Attention

Taking the time to brighten up the sky may sometimes feel unnecessary or like too much work, but a beautiful sky has a remarkable effect on prospective home buyers.

Not only will they be much more receptive to what you are selling, but they’re also likely to spend longer looking at the image if the sky is clear, bright, and welcoming. 

More importantly, a clear blue sky will show off your property in a whole new light and help you to sell it faster!

More Benefits of a Sky Replacement

How to Do a Sky Replacement in Photoshop
Before: Original Photo
How to Do a Sky Replacement in Photoshop
After: Real Estate Photo Editing & Sky Replacement by PhotoUp

Sky replacement can enhance a photograph by placing animate or inanimate objects like rainbows, birds, moving clouds, airplanes, and more.

To give you a better overview, here are some benefits of sky replacement in real estate photographs:

  • Makes your property look more appealing: With a sky replacement, you can tweak your property photograph to look more appealing to prospective home buyers.
  • Provides real estate photographers more freedom: You don’t have to worry about the weather or choosing the best time of the day. Instead, you can set up a shoot and take your photos at a time that suits you the best.
  • Mood booster: Nothing affects a person’s mood more than the weather. Blue skies lift our spirits, while grey heavy skies drag us down. So, if you want to lift the mood and the feel of a real estate photograph, you should turn your attention to the sky.
  • Offers unlimited possibilities: There’s nothing you can’t do when editing your photographs in Photoshop. For instance, you can choose a clear blue sky, white puffy clouds, a dramatic sunset, or a starry night. Whatever feeling you want to create, can be recreated in Photoshop.

Best of all, you are in complete control over every aspect of your real estate image.

With that said, let’s get back to the tutorial and take a look at how to do a sky replacement in Photoshop. And in this case, replacing a winter sky!

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How to Do a Sky Replacement in Photoshop (10 Steps)

There are some basic steps you need to understand in Photoshop to achieve a beautiful, realistic sky replacement for your online real estate image, which we’ll walk through in this video tutorial.  

If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the text below.

Replacing a Winter Sky in Photoshop

Before you begin, select a winter sky that you’d like to use as a replacement.

A pro tip is to scroll through stock photos or your own images until you find the kind of sky you’re looking for. 

Alright, let’s get started!

  1. In Lightroom, start by doing the usual basic adjustments to the photo. Make sure that the snow in your photo has a neutral color that’s not too cold or too warm. 
  2. Move the photo in Photoshop by right-clicking on the image and selecting ‘Edit in Photoshop.’
  3. Now, duplicate the photo. 
  4. Go to the channel tab, and duplicate the Blue channel, as that will help you to process the sky replacement. 
  5. Adjust the level by pressing CTRL + L on the keyboard. And move the slider to adjust the levels until you’re satisfied.
  6. Next, you want to make the Non-Sky area black for easy contrast. (Pro-tip, use a Dodge brush to lighten up the sky for easy selection).
  7. In the next step, you want to load that channel as a selection. Once you’ve loaded the channel, hold down the ALT button while clicking the Masking button. 
  8. Import the sky you’ve chosen into Photoshop as a layer, and place it underneath the duplicate layer you created earlier. Then, adjust its position to look natural. 
  9. For best results, add a white gradient on the horizon by adding a new blank layer on top of the sky replacement layer. Finally, use a gradient tool (G) with a white foreground, which will blend the sky nicely into the mountain view. 
  10. When you are done, save the new image. 

As simple as that!

That’s the basic process to do a sky replacement in Photoshop. 

Enhance Your Real Estate Photographs With PhotoUp

Real estate photo editing by PhotoUp
Real Estate Photo Editing by PhotoUp

If you’re looking to do a sky replacement, but don’t have the time or the expertise to learn Photoshop yourself, PhotoUp’s professional editors will do it for you in a heartbeat.

All you need to do is sign up for a free account, place your first order and your photographs will be delivered in less than 24 hours.

We’ll be more than happy to take that task off your plate while using all the tools at our disposal to make your real estate images look better than ever.

You can check out our real estate photo editing uploader tutorial to see how easy it is to get started:

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Get started with PhotoUp today and create the kind of real estate photos that lead to valuable sales.

Did we mention that you get 10 free credits when you sign up!

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