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How to Recover Detail from Sky

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In this tutorial we show you how to use the Pen Tool to cut out your subject. Using the Pen Tool can seem a bit daunting but you can see how easy it can be. We are able to cut the subject out of the Background in less than one minute! The key is knowing how detailed the selection has to be.

Selecting Out Your Subject

Once we have the subject cut out we can use that selection to enhance the sky behind him. We use the Clone Stamp tool as well as Levels to change the Color of the sky as well as bring more information into the Highlights.


One of the easiest ways to fix an Exposure is to use the Highlights/Shadows command in Photoshop. It is a great way to start your editing process and you can see the results of your sliders live. The best part about this Tool is that there is no “right answer”, it is based purely on taste.

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