One-Click Sky Replacement Using Luminar 4
If you ever do sky replacement in your images, you’ll love Luminar 4 and its new one-click sky replacement feature. In this post, I’m gonna show you how to do it.
Full disclosure! I’m a big fan of obtaining my images right in camera and my inspiration comes from being outdoor seeking for the perfect moment.
Personally, I’ve never replaced the sky of any of my images before this post. I’m not saying other people should not do it, this is just my personal choice. Everyone draws his/her own line and this is simply mine 🙂
However, I totally understand the need for some people to do it, such as for commercial/advertising photography. Thankfully, there are softwares that can help us basically with everything nowadays. But one in particular has recently announced a revolutionary feature…
…Although it was already possible to replace the sky of your images, you will agree it was a pretty frustrating and tedious process. Particularly when masking around complicated things like leaves.
So what would you say if I told you that it’s now possible to replace the sky of your scenes with one single click?
The team of Skylum just launched their new and upgraded Luminar 4, which, along with other great features, comes with a one-click sky replacement feature. I know, it sounds too good to be true and you probably don’t believe me. I also couldn’t believe this at the beginning, but Luminar 4 proved me wrong!
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In this video I go through 5 of my pictures which originally had a pretty boring sky. I’ll prove you how easy it is to replace the sky with Luminar 4 along with my tricks and tips. (Scroll to the end for a promo code and to see the before/after!)
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Here below you’ll see the before and after of my 5 images where I’ve replaced the sky using Luminar 4. The replacement requires one simple click. You can choose among different types of skies (dramatic, sunsets, blue skies…). If you’d like, you could upload your own sky as well.
Let’s take a look at Skylum Luminar 4’s new AI sky replacement feature
In picture number 4 especially, where masking the tree would require a lot of time, you can notice how great AI Sky Replacement actually is.
These are just a few examples of how you can use this tool. All I’ve done, was to open an image in Luminar 4, select the creative tab (rights sidebar) and select a new sky from the drop-down menu to add to my image. However, keep in mind that the AI Sky Replacement does not add the new sky to reflections.
RULE OF THUMB FOR SKY REPLACEMENT
- Look at your photos and understand the direction of the light. If the sun is not in your frame, you can understand the light direction by looking at shadows or parts of the scene that are catching the light.
- Be Logical. If in your scene the sun was originally rising from the left, don’t choose a sky where the sun is on the right or the lights won’t match.
- Match the exposure & the temperature of the sky with the ones of your image.
- Build your sky archive! When you are out shooting look around you. You might not have clouds on your subject, but maybe behind you. Shoot those clouds and use them later on. Like that, your skies will be unique and different from everybody else’s.
In conclusion, I do think that this AI Sky Replacement feature in Luminar 4 is pretty great. As well as a real time-saver. I also think that this is just the tip of the iceberg and I see huge possibilities for this super clever AI in the future expanding its capabilities not only for sky replacement but for creating accurate masks and selections in the blink of an eye. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or feedback about it. Just leave a comment below!