Creating Realistic Sky with Photoshop

By Denny Tang
of Fotofects.com

Dateline: December 3, 2004
Version: Photoshop CS


				
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a realistic sky with clouds, using layers in Photoshop. Create a new 800x600 pixel document and fill the background with a blue. The blue used in this step is #006CD9.
				
Use the default foreground and background colours (D), create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and apply a Clouds filter (Filter > Rende r> Clouds).
				
Use the Brightness/Contrast tool to apply the following properties:

Brightness: -25
Contrast: 50

Click OK.

				
Use the Perspective transform tool (Edit > Transform > Perspective) to increase the distance of the top corners.
				
Add a layer mask (Layer > New Layer Mask > Reveal All) to the current layer
				
With the layer mask selected, use the "Apply Image" tool to apply the following properties:

Source: filename
Layer: Merged
Channel: RGB
Invert: Uncheckmarked
Blending: Normal
Opacity: 100%

Click OK.

				
Create a new layer and apply the Clouds filter (Filter > Render > Clouds).

Creating Realistic Sky with Photoshop


				
Add a layer mask (Layer > New Layer Mask > Reveal All) to the current layer. Set the layer's blending mode to Overlay.
				
Use the Perspective transform tool (Edit > Transform > Perspective) to increase the distance of the top corners.
				
Add a layer mask (Layer > New Layer Mask > Reveal All) to the current layer. Set the layer's blending mode to Overlay.
				
With the current layer's layer mask selected, use the Apply Image tool to apply the following properties:

Source: filename
Layer: Layer 1
Channel: RGB
Invert: Checkmarked
Blending: Normal
Opacity: 100%

Click OK.

				
Create a new layer and apply the Clouds filter (Filter > Render > Clouds).
				
Use the Perspective transform tool (Edit > Transform > Perspective) to increase the distance of the top corners.
				
Use the Brightness/Contrast tool to apply the following properties:

Brightness: -50
Contrast: 50

Click OK.

				
Set the current layer's blending mode to Screen.
				
Create a new Gradient fill layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient) above the layer "Background" and apply the following properties:

Gradient: White to Black
Style: Linear
Angle: 90º
Scale: 100%
Reverse: Checkmarked
Dither: Uncheckmarked
Align with layer: Checkmarked

Click OK.

				
Set the current layer's blending mode to Screen and lower the opacity.
				
To create a sunset sky, invert (Ctrl+I) the layer Background".

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