Replacing the sky

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ziggy25
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Replacing the sky
Feb 23, 2009

Hi

I've have several pictures which i would like to restore/improve by replacing the sky. I have tried to replace the sky on some of them but it never comes out natural. There is always a spot that makes it look photoshoped. I find it particularly difficult around the edges. The worst ones are the ones with trees on them.

I have tried to read some tutorials and most people keep saying that its quite simple but i feel that its not that simple. Its either too difficult or im too thick. im hoping its the latter!

Here is an example of an image that i want to have the sky changed.

And here is the sky i would like to use

What i usually do (in CS3) is paste the sky into the main picture. Use free transform to stretch out the clouds to cover the full picture. I then create a mask out of the layer for the clouds and hide parts of the clouds layer. It never turns out ok. How would you do it. Would appreciate an example and the exact steps taken to achieve the best results.

thanks

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