March 9, 2023 | 2337 Views | By Patrick Smith

ON1 Sky Swap AI: Discover the Ultimate Solution for Enhancing and Replacing Skies

Today, we are excited to announce the new ON1 Sky Swap AI! With Sky Swap AI, transforming a lackluster sky into a stunning backdrop is effortless. The software automatically identifies the sky in your photo, then generates a perfect mask, enabling you to effortlessly replace or enhance any sky.

Sky Swap AI technology is currently integrated into ON1 Photo RAW 2023.1. Anyone with an ON1 subscription plan receives the individual ON1 Sky Swap AI for free as part of their plan, login here and view your subscription downloads for instructions on getting Sky Swap AI. The full release notes are available here.

Photographers can choose from over 231 included skies or upload and use their own library of skies. 125 of the built-in skies are sourced from Ocudrone, a leading provider of ultra-high resolution aerial images. ON1 Sky Swap AI uses the power of machine learning in tandem with expertly curated skies, bypassing the need for complicated masks and layers required by other applications.

Sky Swap AI is also a flexible plugin that works with popular editing software including Capture One, Affinity Photo, Corel Paintshop Pro, and Apple Photos along with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic. It seamlessly integrates with your preferred editing program and regardless of the software you use, Sky Swap AI offers unparalleled accessibility and ease of use making it an attractive add-on regardless of workflow. It can also function as a standalone application.

“We wanted to bring this great technology to all photographers regardless of the main photo editing application they are using. It’s a ton of fun to use and has some incredible skies built-in. It’s not only great for replacing skies, but also for making detailed sky selections and then enhancing the image based on that,” says Dan Harlacher, ON1 VP of Product.

Sky Swap AI’s key differentiators include the most extensive library of curated skies with 125 of the very popular OcuDrone skies built-in. Sky Swap AI also has the ability to batch process which is especially great for photographers who shoot real estate and need to work in larger quantities. Sky Swap AI results can also be re-editable from Adobe Lightroom Classic using Smart Photos, an ON1 plugin technology that maintains the re-editability.

This new application also allows users to blend in additional clouds or skies with an existing one, if a full AI sky replacement isn’t necessary. The software automatically matches the foreground color with the new sky’s mood, and you can manually adjust color and tone. You can also add realistic reflections for water in the foreground and motion blur for a long exposure effect.

The software also offers local adjustments, allowing users to modify foreground elements such as burning, dodging, color adjustment, and sharpness. Users can crop their final work to any size and use retouching tools to remove distractions and dust from the foreground. Additionally, Sky Swap AI provides powerful masking tools, including AI masks, that simplify region-specific adjustments or modifications to the sky’s mask.

Price and Availability
Sky Swap AI is available as a separate plugin/standalone app here. It’s also built inside our all-in-one editor, ON1 Photo RAW 2023, and it’s available as part of an ON1 Everything Subscription.

ON1 Everything subscribers will automatically receive the new ON1 Sky Swap AI as part of their plans. Please check your email for instructions on getting the free Sky Swap AI. ON1 subscription plans always include the latest versions of the ON1 Plugins and ON1 Photo RAW for computers and mobile, and up to 1TB of cloud sync storage. Starting subscription plans are as low as $7.99 per month or $89.99 per year.

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