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How to Easily Create a Dramatic Sky in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to easily and quickly improve and create a dramatic sky in Photoshop. Sometimes, skies can look washed out and muted due to over exposure in photos. This easy tip will help you fix this issue.

Dramatic Sky

To create a dramatic sky, you’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

Let’s start by opening our image in Photoshop.

Sky Original

Now, add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Brightness/Contrast from the list that appears.

Dramatic Sky Brightness/Contrast Layer

To define the skies, increase the Contrast and decrease the Brightness. The exact values will depend on your picture. Don’t forget to check the Use Legacy option. Also, there’s no need to worry about how the foreground looks since we will fix that in the next step.

Dramatic Sky Brightness/Contrast

Dramatic Sky Brightness/Contrast Result

Step 2

Once you are happy with the sky, grab the Quick Selection Tool and select everything in the foreground.

Dramatic Sky Selection

Make sure the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer’s mask thumbnail is selected, then go to Edit > Fill and fill the selection with black.

Dramatic Sky Fill

Sky Fill Result

Step 3

Now, let’s increase the overall contrast of the image. First, make sure you have deselected your selection and then create a Levels adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Levels from the list that appears. Then, use the white color picker to select the lightest part of your image and the black color picker to choose the darkest part of your image.

Sky Levels

Sky Levels Result

Finally, create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and selecting Hue/Saturation from the list that appears. Then, lower the Saturation down to -70.

Sky Hue/Saturation

And we’re done! This is how you can quickly create a dramatic sky in Photoshop!

Dramatic Sky

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