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How To's: Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

Scenario: You have a large portfolio of great photos but the client is asking for something a little different than what you have. They love a certain photo but need a change to it. You're not going back to this remote location to just reshoot it. It would take too much time and the client won't pay the costs for it. So you decide to take the software route. In this case, I would use Luminar 4 to replace the sky.


1) Open Skylum's Luminar 4 and click on the "+" icon to either add a folder or an individual photo to edit.


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

Note: Luminar 4 is also great for making other photo enhancements like; Adjusting lighting, and color, or using built-in filters. But we will cover that later in another post.



2) Now that you have your photo open, click on the "Creative" Icon on the right side.


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

3) Select "AI Sky Replacement"


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

4) Select "Sky Selection" In my case the client wants a stary sky. There are many choices, you can select each one to see how it looks


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

5) The software does a great job of replacing just the sky, but sometimes there is overlap which you can adjust by selecting "Edit Mask". Most of the time the "Brush" is the best tool for adjustments.


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

6) With the "Brush" tool selected, select "Erase" in the top menu bar. This will allow you to remove any overlap from your image.


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

Note: Select "Mask" to see your adjustments. You can also select "Size" to adjust the brush


7) Once you are happy with your edits select "Done"


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

8) To save your work select "File" and "Export"


Replace the Sky in Luminar 4

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If you don't own Skylum's Luminar 4, use this link to download a trial version.




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