How to Replace Skies in Photoshop & Luminar AI

Even if you spend a lot of time perfectly composing the image, sometimes nature just isn’t going your way. That bland-looking sky might steal the awe from the image. However, it is possible to replace that sky with a dramatic one. Gone are the days when doing this required you to spend long hours on editing! Now, it can be done in a few simple steps using Photoshop or the Luminar AI sky replacement tool. 

Using Photoshop

  • Step 1: 

The very first step is to select the Sky Replacement tool from the Edit menu. 

  • Step 2:

The second step is to choose the new sky that you want to add to the image. You have two options for this purpose. You can either choose one of the presets already present in Photoshop or you can add one of your own. 

  • Step 3: 

This is essentially the last step for this tool. The best thing about the tool is that it uses artificial intelligence to automatically select the original sky. After that, it masks that sky and prepares the image for the new one. Although the tool will automatically try to blend the new sky with the image, it is recommended to use the sliders to adjust it and make it a seamless replacement. 

  • Fine Tune 

You can use different fine-tune settings to make your image look even more natural. You can not only adjust color, temperature, and brightness, but you can even modify the border between the new sky and image. For this purpose, you will have to use Shift Edge and Fade Edge settings. There are even more settings that you can try out!

Using Luminar

  • Step 1:

After selecting the AI sky replacement tool in Luminar, you have to select the new sky. Just like the previous method, you can either choose from a sample or your sky. 

  • Step 2:

In the second step, you need to use Horizon Blending settings. As the name suggests, it allows you to modify the horizon of the image and the new sky, thus creating a seamless edit. For this purpose, use a higher value to get a realistic result. Similarly, Horizon Position will let you align the new sky with the horizon of the original image by either shifting the image up or down. 

  • Step 3: 

This is the step where you truly appreciate the artificial intelligence of this tool. Relight Scene will analyze the new sky and the original image and relight the entire image. The purpose of doing this is to match the color intensities and lighting of the original image and the added sky. 

  • Step 4:

Lastly, the Sky Global setting will allow you to modify how the texture blends into the image, meaning that if you use a high value, the ratio of the new sky in the image will be increased. 


Using a few simple steps, you cannot only remove the original sky but add a better one as well. Both of the tools are incredibly easy to use and intelligently create a seamless image for you. Check out my Sunset Replacement Skies for Adobe Photoshop & Luminar AI to easily add more drama and impact into your photos!

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