ON1 Short Clip — Create a Dramatic Sky Effect

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A sky in motion adds drama, depth, and action to your landscape. In this video, ON1 Guru Scott Davenport shows you how to add motion to your sky using Layers and Effects. The Blur filter in ON1 Effects makes it easy to add sweeping motion to your sky. Using the power of Layers, you can keep your foreground subjects crisp and clean.

7 comments on “ON1 Short Clip — Create a Dramatic Sky Effect”

  1. On May 5, 2017 at 11:32 am keith simpson wrote:

    Very interesting video Scot. Thanks. Would it have been possible to mask the tree without using the darken blending mode and perhaps use the quick mask brush on the tree? This brush normally finds similar colours so show not have any trouble masking the tree.

    1. On May 5, 2017 at 11:35 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Keith…. sure, you could mask without the blending mode. The blending mode helps remove any artifacts with a silhouetted subject. And yes, this type of shot is a good use case for the Quick Mask (box mode would work well here).

  2. On May 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm marc labro wrote:

    very interesting processing with layers
    i often forget the gear for smart layer. i will use it more in the future
    thanks for the tips and tricks


  3. On May 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm Allan Savage wrote:

    Nice idea and process. The only problem – and I’m nitpicking here – is that in the example shown the blur centre is *above the horizon*. (Or, at least, above the cloud horizon). What you finish up with is clouds that appear to be driven *down* below the blur centre, which doesn’t look at all natural. I think a better outcome is achieved if you keep the blur centre below the lowest visible cloud, as a minimum, and preferably right on the horizon line since that is where the clouds will typically originate from a visual perspective.

    1. On May 8, 2017 at 4:49 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Fair enough. And as you saw in the video, you have complete control of the blur. The convergence point can be placed wherever you want.

  4. On May 8, 2017 at 9:53 am Rajendra Pandit wrote:

    After seeing “Create a Dramatic Sky Effect” video I have filling of vested money on high end Variable N D filter or my filter become redundant.
    Thanks for nice video.
    R M P

    1. On May 8, 2017 at 9:58 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Rajendra… Don’t ditch that filter just yet :-) Filters still very much have a place in my camera bag. For example, you’re not going to create silky, swirly water using this technique. Some of our tools are physical, some are digital. And they all have their place.

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