In a teaser video released on Monday, Photoshop gave a sneak peek into Sky Replacement, an upcoming tool that will automatically swap the sky for a preset or original sky image. However, the tool is one of the few times that Photoshop wasn't the first to participate in a feature, as competing image editor Luminar has had a similar tool for some time.
In the video demonstration, when you select the Sky Replacement tool from the edit menu, a window dedicated to the task opens. A new panel lists the sky presets to use, and an add button below allows photographers to upload their own images of a sky to use instead. If all users are using the same sky in their photos, the cloud pattern can even start to feel familiar.
Adobe Sensei, A.I. System, reduces the time required for the traditional method of replacing a sky in two ways. First, the A.I. Automatically separates the sky from the rest of the image, including clipping out sky-high objects like people and architecture.
But Sensei will also make sure that the swap doesn't look like a bad copy-paste job. Sensei uses the tones in the sky image to make adjustments to the rest of the image. For example, if you add a sunset sky, the rest of the image will look like it was actually taken at sunset by adding more warm tones.
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Image editors have some control over the edits, including sliders to adjust the brightness and temperature, as well as adjusting the size and placement of the sky, for precise control over how the sky aligns with the rest of the image. Additional sliders help move and hide the edge of Sensei's automatic masking.
According to Adobe, the new tool is non-destructive. The changes are retained in layers so that the editors can optimize them again later. In this way, photographers can also make changes that are outside the values set by Sensei, e.g. B. further optimize the tone of the sky or make other adjustments that apply only to the sky or only to the rest of the image.
The tool feels like an extension of Photoshop's latest Pick Subject tool. Masking, which "select subject" can help with, is arguably the more tedious part of manually replacing the sky. However, Photoshop isn't the first company that can swap the skies with just a few clicks. Luminar received Sky Replace this spring after testing the feature last fall.
As mentioned earlier, Skylum Luminar already has this popular feature. It has similar options, including recoloring the rest of the scene, but has a few more sliders, including tools for fixing haze and closing gaps if the original A.I. The places between trees and fences were not filled in exactly. Another tool defocuses the sky and mimics the appearance of a shallow depth of field. Unlike Photoshop's new tool, Luminar doesn't create new layers with the adjustments, but does allow users to go back to the A.I. Sky replace tools to make non-destructive changes.
Adobe has not indicated when the new Sky Replacement tool will launch, just that it is a future version of Photoshop. Adobe Max, the company's annual event, launches frequently updated software and is scheduled as a free virtual event next month.