when the sky blows up... by nelsone ()
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There weren't many decent captures of Kennedy Lake in my collection, so this one had to be fixed:
It's easy enough to create a new layer from the background, so that another layer can be placed behind it;
And it's easy to select the blown-out sky, but then I use the "grow" command, and after that expand the selection by a pixel or two before cutting it out.
It's more tricky to get the color balance right when pasting in a sky from a different shot. Since the Sun angle is low, this sky needed more red and less blue. I'm not sure I got it right.
But then comes the key: Select the entire background layer with the magic wand set to maximum (255), so that it finds the edge of the cutout. Then select > modify > border, around three pixels wide, to select just the ragged edge of the skyline. Then very slightly blur the border selection before flattening the whole image. No more cutout artifact!
Voila - Not a masterpiece, but presentable. Total time around five minutes.
Image Comments (3)
MrsLubner () 3:23PM | Fri, 27 July 2007
I am amazed! Your work is stunning. And to fix a photo in about 5 minutes... well it takes that long to open my PS and bring up the image. LOL Excellent photography and excellent postwork.
lemonjim () 8:05PM | Fri, 27 July 2007
Nelsone's 5-minute sky repair service! Quicker than an oil change! Comes out nice too. No area code necessary - that's three sevens and a ...