Wisconsin in the Fall, Last Weekend (Mid October)

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Digital Dick Senior Member • Posts: 2,107
Re: Wisconsin in the Fall, Last Weekend (Mid October)

There is a lot of controversy going around about the use of the sky replacements tools in the latest post processing software. To pull it off successfully you need to match the shadows and lighting angles, the contrast between the sky and the ground and the relative focal lengths. Whether it's fair or cheating is another matter.

One of the best uses I seen for the tool is to use the sky replacement tool to create a very accurate delicate selection around dappled foliage. D Griff shows how he uses the tool when he has an almost washed out gray sky above a scene of the English countryside. He applies the mask generated by the tool to his washed out sky to a separate copy layer in PS and then works on the original sky to darken and bring out the sky details in ACR. It saves a serious amount in processing time relative to building your own mask from scratch. The results are outstanding and of course since it's the original sky, the lighting angles and shadows match perfectly. He show an example in this short video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcjKKqfCLCI

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