As I took a walk down memory lane the other day, I laid eyes back on this beauty. This picture was one of my favorite wedding pictures, but it’s dark, hard to see, the sky has been blown out…not so frame worthy. Do not get me wrong, my wedding pictures are gorgeous, but this was a small town reception we did in my husbands home town and the only photographers were self taught… and really they just had a nice camera to point and shoot.
So I decided to make a beginner photoshop tutorial (really…it’s only 11 steps) and add some life back in this picture.
Step 1: Open your photo into Photoshop (I use CS6)
Step 2: Search for a royalty free sky wallpaper or use your own (I downloaded mine from Deviant Art!)
Step 3: Drag your choice of wallpaper onto the picture. Press CTRL T or Command T to transform the picture. Hold the shift bar down so it doesn’t distort in any way. cover just the sky area of the picture.
Step 4: Click on the little box with the round circle in it next to the fx on the bottom of the layers bar.
Step 5: Press CTRL I or Command I to invert the layer (it should look black now)
Step 6: Head back to your background layer by clicking on it (you shouldn’t see a sky at all at this point)
Step 7: Click SELECT on the toolbar and then Color Range. Use the dropper to click on the blown out sky, then use the fuzziness bar to make sure the rest of your picture is blacked out…like so
Step 8: Once you click okay your sky will have marching ants around them… like so
Step 9: Click on SELECT, MODIFY and Feather… Change the feather to a 2
Step 10: Head back to the black layer next to your sky and click on it. Then grab the gradient tool and make sure it’s white to black (the colors in the paint boxes I made mine blue so you could find it easier but it needs to be black). Then put your gradient tool in the middle and draw a line from the tip of the blown out sky to just where your picture starts. You may have to play to find what you need (you can hit command or control z to go back once).
Step 11: Make sure you lower your opacity to blend it a little so it doesn’t have a fake look to it.
Then Voila… New and ready to use photo
p.s. If somehow you got sky on your picture… go on the layer (the black one) next to the sky, use the eraser tool and remove what you need.
p.p.s I added some of my own edits to get the sharpness and coloring… Adding a sky doesn’t make everything better.