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Another attempt at Photoshop. In the original version (v2) i had blown out all the sky (not intentionality I must add) and the overall image was looking a bit flat and the sky was looking so white it was empty.
So into Photoshop land I had to venture scary place when you don't know who your friends are and what they can do to your picture.
so i was getting on aright a few adjustments on the four-ground my old mates shadow and highlight were there so that was OK and contrast put in an appearance along with levels, nice fellow that levels.
and then the sky! ho no thats white now what? so in panic hoping for a mirical i picked up the magic wand and aimed it at all the beastly white pixels and low and behold along came paint bucket and painted the sky a nice shade of blue.

Ok sorry seriously where i got into a problem was trying to add a sky that looked like it should be there, this paint affect i fell does not work at all i heve read that you can add skys from stock photos you may have in your archive but i dont have the know how i tried it using layers but i think im on the wrong track
the result was not the best any comments and help with this would be much appriceated
thanks again for all you feed back on my last few uploads.
steve

update version 3
after the good advice i received managed to come up with this
thanks again every one who commented for pointing me in the right direction

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:SIGMA DC 18-200mm F3.5-6.3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2008 - 1:14 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Wooden bridge
Username:STEVELIN STEVELIN
Uploaded:7 Feb 2012 - 11:05 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:32 PM

I like what you have done and say carry on with your plug-ins to add to your creations.
Nicely done as you have lifted the original…………Jocelia

Last Modified By Jocelia at 7 Feb 2012 - 11:32 PM

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6158 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:33 PM

thanks jocelia.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6549 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:48 PM

The sky in amongst the top of the tree line needs a little work Steve otherwise a good job, maybe a couple of clouds to break up the blue would be good but small steps to start with, I wish we lived closer and I would help you with Photoshop.

gary

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6158 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:51 PM

Thanks gary.

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Lynamick
Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 8:31 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi,
We all have to learn, and when it comes to P/S there is so much to learn. Skys, There are different ways to add skys and everyone has threir favorite. I have put up a mod for you to look at.
Start with your image in layers. Double click the layer and rename it, This will unlock it and you can move it up and down in the layers palate. Make a new empty layer by clicking on the icon next to the dustbin.
Open the image that you wish to take the sky from. Capture the sky, copy it in the edit menu. Close the image. Paste the sky into your empty layer and adjust it to cover the area that you need. In the layers palate move the main image above the new layer. Go to the blending dropdown list and select darken. The old sky will be replaced by the new sky. By clicking on either layer you can adjust it .Once they are how you want them flatten the image and recrop it.
Job done.
Hope this helps.
Michael

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41216 forum posts United Kingdom200 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 9:10 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Unfortunately, the reflections on the water are now brighter than the light they are are supposed to be mirroring, especially in the mod, so it all still looks unnatural. If you are going to add a sky, you have to make sure the details are correct - reflections being one thing, colour temperature and direction of light being others. Sometimes it just looks wrong then you realise the light on the clouds is in the opposite direction to the shadows on the ground etc....

This would be a good instance where a polariser would help reduce reflections on the water, though you can't do much about the insipid sky here.

Nick

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Lynamick
Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 10:20 AM

"Unfortunately, the reflections on the water are now brighter than the light they are are supposed to be mirroring, especially in the mod,"
Re the above the mod with the sky was to show howb to change the sky it was in no way ment to improve the image, adding your own imageto somebodys work is a bit out of order to my yaw of thinking. The idea was for you to try this method with your own sky.
Micharl

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6158 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 2:24 PM

thanks every one for your comments and advice, I'm now going back into Photoshop land to see what i can come up with.
see you later.
steve

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Jestertheclown
8 Feb 2012 - 11:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

There are various ways to go about replacing a sky, or any background for that matter and most of us have our favourites.
I would never use the above method for example.
One suggestion that can be applied to all methods though. If there's a lot of white "bits" left in the trees, rather than trying to clone them all (during which, you'll probably lose the will to live), make sure that your new sky has some cloud, of the right colour, that you can position behind those bits of the trees.
Use the blur tool (set the brush to as small a size as you can get away with and the strength down to 50% or less. You'll need to experiment) and run it around the join between new and old. It hides a million things.

Bren.

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