Photoshop Sky Replacement and Reflections Trick

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Chris Sargent
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Re: Photoshop Sky Replacement and Reflections Trick

Dick Barbour wrote:

Chris Sargent wrote:

A challenging scene for Sky Replacement can be one featuring reflections. The replaced sky will need to be reflected and this may require some complicated masking.

I noticed that another new feature introduced by Adobe in Photoshop 2021 can be used in a neat trick. There is an option under the ‘Select’ menu to automatically mask the sky in an image. This works really well but how does it help with reflections?

Simple. If you first flip your scene upside down and then select to mask the sky, Photoshop will assume that the reflection is the sky and mask it for you… Once created you can flip the mask and use it to mask out the sky layer as a reflection!

Thanks for the tip. I've been using PS sky replacement and prefer it to Luminar's. I hadn't even noticed the Select Sky option, and will give it a try.


I pointed out this hack to Matt Kloskowski and he has made a video demonstrating it in action..

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