Enhance A Boring Sky

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There are a few different ways to add interest to a dull sky without having to completely replace the sky when it comes to photo editing. A quick and easy way is to use the tone enhancer in ON1 Photo RAW 2018. It’s one method that works extremely well. If you’ve ever had a photo where you have a great foreground and subject, but the sky just doesn’t quite make the cut this is perfect. Remember, it’s not always necessary to replace the entire sky.

I have a longer, start-to-finish video where I utilize this technique and others. You can view the full ON1 Workflow video and download this file to follow along with here. The photo editing workflow video is usually for Plus members, but is available for everyone a limited time.

8 comments on “Enhance A Boring Sky”

  1. On January 19, 2018 at 12:15 am Grant Colhoun wrote:

    And there was me thinking, oh here we go, another sky replacement. Oh how wrong I was, and thankfully so.

    Ta for putting this presentation together Jim, I didn’t know about the shift/click approach to masking and I expect it will save me some time so I appreciate the tip. : )



  2. On January 20, 2018 at 9:20 am jakilgore48@gmail.com wrote:

    After 8 years of working with Photoshop for manipulating pictures…and being forced to upgrade… I was searching for an alternative. THANK YOU!!! Loved all these tutorials and I see ON1 saving me hours of work. Thank you all for taking the time to share your talents & timesavers!!!

  3. On February 7, 2018 at 1:59 am GUY PERKINS wrote:

    Well I am obviously pretty dim, because I would like to have understood what was going on in this clip, but found it hard to follow. More explanation required for some of us..!

  4. On February 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm s.chandler wrote:

    Short and Sweet. Jim basically just applied one Effects tool (Tone Enhancer) to apply to the upper portion of the sky and beach on the foreground. Love the Shift click tip for something like this. Does the flow setting have any effect. Looks a little different from a standard gradient. I just got 2018 to use as a plugin to LR for a few specific applications (such as masking where trees are involved) but finding it to be very useful for many other things as I take a deeper dive. Thanks for all the excellent tutorials. Would love to see one on the LR plugin usage.

    1. On February 9, 2018 at 4:19 am Jim Welninski replied:

      FLow will have an effect if you use the brush. If you’re using a gradient, opacity is what matters.

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