Adobe Teases New Photoshop Sky Replacement Tool
In a teaser video released on Monday, Photoshop shared a sneak peek at Sky Replacement, an upcoming tool that automatically swaps the sky from a predetermined or original sky image. The tool, however, is one of the few times Photoshop has not been as a feature before, as competing photo editor Luminar has already had a similar tool for some time.
In the video display, selecting the Sky Replacement tool from the Edit menu opens a window designed for the task. A new panel will use the Akash preset for inclusion in the list, and an add button on the bottom allows photographers to upload their own images of a sky to use instead – because if everyone is the same in their photos If the sky starts to use, the pattern of clouds can also begin. Feeling familiar.
Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s AI system, reduces the time spent on the traditional way of swapping the sky in two major ways. First, AI automatically separates the sky from the rest of the image, including cutting and spreading any object into the sky, such as people and architecture.
But Sensai will help prevent the swap from looking like a bad copy-paste job. Sense uses tones in the sky image to report adjustments to the rest of the image. For example, adding a sunset sky would create the rest of the image as if it were actually taken by adding more warm tones to the sunset.
Photo editors have some control over editing, with sliders adjusting the brightness and temperature, as well as the size and placement of the sky to determine how the sky aligns with the rest of the image. Additional sliders help automate and relax the shift edge.
Crucially, Adobe says the new tool will be non-destructive, with protected changes to the layers so editors can go back and tweak them later. It will also allow photographers to apply changes outside of determining the sensi, such as moving the tone of the sky or making other adjustments that apply only to the sky or only to the rest of the image.
This tool looks like an extension of Photoshop’s recent Select Subject tool – masking, which the Select Subject can already help, is arguably the more tedious part of changing the sky. However, Photoshop is not able to swap the sky in a few clicks. Luminar replaced Sky this spring, after the feature debuted last fall.
As noted, Skyloom Luminar already has this popular feature. It includes similar options, including recalling the rest of the scene, but home to a few more sliders, including tools to fix fog and closed gaps if the original AI wasn’t correctly filled in the spots between the trees and the fence. Another device would warp the sky, mimicking the shallow depth of field. However, unlike Photoshop’s upcoming tool, Luminaire does not create new layers with adjustments, but still allows users to revert to the AI Sky Replace tool to make non-destructive changes.
Adobe did not indicate when the new Sky Replacement tool will launch, only that it is coming in a future Photoshop version. Adobe Max, the company’s annual event, frequently launches updated software and is scheduled as a free virtual event next month.