Photo Touch-Up: Blue Skies

Skies look dull on your photo? Didn’t manage to get the settings right?

Don’t worry! Photoshop can do wonders! Let me show you the right steps.

1. First open your desired photo in Photoshop. Make sure the exposure is correct.

2. Next create an adjustment layer. Select Gradient.


3. A dialog box will pop out for Gradient Fill. Choose the right angle. In my case, I’m choosing -90. On the Gradient, click on it to edit further.


4. On Gradient Editor, select the right presets, and under Gradient Fill, click on Color Stop as shown below, and adjust the color.


5. Don’t click OK just yet, as there are more settings you need to do. Set the Opacity Location by dragging the white tab as shown below. This is to ensure it only covers the sky and not the ground as well. See below for comparison when I drag the slider to the left. Click OK when done.



6. On blending mode for layer adjustment, choose Color Burn. Make sure you select the correct layer before doing so.


You’re done! Can see the nice blue skies now?? ^_^

Also, you need to choose the right blue color for your skies as well or else it will look fake.


Happy trying!


View posts by chleong
A travel addict and food junkie. When he is not traveling, he loves penning his thoughts on his latest adventures, whether food, places or anything that fascinates him. His travelogues often include intriguing photos that capture the moments as he believes a photo speaks thousand words.


  1. lhNov 2, 08

    wow thanks for sharing sifu! I will try it out later! 😀

  2. p_chen82Nov 3, 08

    wah…. thanks for sharing this.

    Can u post more ur PS skill here? thanks in advance 🙂

  3. LCNov 3, 08

    I like! You can start your tutorial lesson soon 😀

  4. seemunNov 4, 08

    is somebody turning pro? quit the bloody job!..whahahaha

  5. chleongNov 4, 08

    lh – have fun trying!

    pc – my skills are limited leh. Will try more.

    lc – thanks!

    seemun – nahhh.. lol

  6. you don't know who i amNov 6, 08

    everyone oso give comment, i also wanna gib..wehehehhee..erm erm..tapi dunno what to say lar =P


Leave a Reply to p_chen82 Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top