Replace a Washed Out Sky Using Layers in PhotoDirector
There are a number of ways to replace boring overcast skies. Whichever method you use, keep in mind that choosing the right sky to composite into your image is the key to making your final photo realistic. Watch for the colors and atmosphere, don’t match overcast shots with sunny bright skies, and if the direction of the light is inconsistent, the composite will look odd.
In this tutorial, we have chosen an image of the Eiffel Tower taken against an overcast sky. The original color of this image is warm, which makes it ideal to have low contrast sunset sky behind it. These are the 2 images we will blend together:
First import the Eiffel Tower image and go to the Layers Module in PhotoDirector. The Eiffel Tower image is the background image.
Use the Add New Layer icon to add the image of the sky.
The blended image will make the darker areas of the background image visible. You will notice some parts of the sky image is exposed (the black foreground at the bottom). We will deal with that later.
The next couple of steps are to adjust the sky. We want to have the warm sunset colors behind the Eiffel tower, so we flip the image using the Flip Tool.
These can be easily fixed with the Eraser Tool. Make sure the top layer is selected and use a large sized brush with medium opacity to brush out the areas mentioned above.
And the final image:
When the adjustments are made, click on the Save button to save a working file in PHI format. This allows you to re-edit the images in the Layers Module.
1. Original Image
2. A Virtual copy of the edited image in JPG.
3. A PHI working file that let’s you to continue refining the image.