Here is a quick technique on how you can add drama on clouds on your photos! It is a widely step to increase contrast to improve the look on your clouds. If you've got a lovely set of clouds on your photos then increasing contrast would be the best way of enhancing it further. However, this tutorial I have for you here would allow you to help improve flat-looking and uninteresting sky.
Video: Add drama on those clouds!
Here’s a summary of the steps:
(View the video for full details and explanations)
- Load you image in Photoshop.
- Click on the Layer menu-New-Layer.
- Change the Mode to Overlay.
- Tick the Fill with Overlay-neutral colour.
- Click Ok. You will not see any changes on the image yet.
- Change the blend mode of the gray layer to Normal.
- Put back the blend mode to Overlay.
- Select the brush tool, select a black or white foreground.
- Set the opacity level to a really low level, 5% on this sample.
- Look for a section on the sky where there is a dark and light side to it.
- With the black foreground brush to the dark sections of the sky.
- Switch to a white foreground and lighten the lighter side of the image. These steps will allow us to create a definition that you want to see on the clouds.
- Using on the keyboard shortcut [X] will allow you to switch between the foreground colours.
- Toggling the layer on and off will see the difference you have made with the image.
- You can also add another adjustment layer and use an S-layer to increase the contrast in the sky.
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