Sky Drama: Before/After

I’ve been playing with the new Luminar 4, which offers pain-free sky replacement. It works quite well, but it’s not perfect. What program is? It does save time, however. Masking is a pain in the butt, especially around trees, but L4 does an excellent job of laying in a new sky behind branches and leaves. Far better than how I used to do it in Photoshop using Blend If.

Here are some examples. I did nothing more than replace the sky. I didn’t fix minor problems; I wanted you to see how it works without additional tweaking. You open the photo, choose a sky (these are mine, not the ones that come with the program), and L4 drops it in. You can move the new sky up and down but not side to side.

Original first, followed by the one with the new sky.

L4 did an excellent job around the boat roof and pipes, and the bird.

The program attempts to adjust the overall lighting to the new sky. In some cases, I would do some additional tweaking to make sure that lighting is right, but for this post, I didn’t.

Finally, the Lake Placid Tower with two new skies. Amazingly, L4 did not cover the antenna on top of the tower, nor the pole and wires. That’s extraordinary.

When I take pictures, I try to get a good sky, but it’s not always possible. In cases like that, I would use this feature. I’d also use it when the sky is blown out.

This program also offers new AI portrait tools, but I don’t take photos of people much, so I haven’t tested those yet.

See you next time.

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