Today’s video comes from research I was doing for the free update to my Alchemist Actions V2.1
Use the sky selection tool in Photoshop to make your sky perfect.
I’ll show you in the video how to do this manually and also had I took it further and faster in the new actions I made for Alchemist 2.1
The same concept works on portrait backgrounds.
I’ll show you that in the video also. And there’s a new action for that as well in Alchemist 2.1 CC.
You select the background instead of the sky and you can do this gentle balancing and painting down of tone to make your subject pop beautifully.
I think real skies are better than fake Ai skies.
There’s nothing wrong with doing a composite. But we can no longer pretend it’s a real landscape, place, or sunset once we do. It’s digital art. Which is beautiful.
But when I make a landscape, for example, I love when it can be a real place. I’ll refine it with editing. But I don’t like pasting in stuff that was never there.
In the video, you’ll see how I automate the pixel painting process to enhance these skies and even portraits without pasting in and faking in. It’s still a real scene, I’ve just perfected it.
Details count especially on out best images and that’s why I’m always telling you to get into Photoshop for the finish. using techniques and actions as I did in today’s video will make it barely any work at all.