A sky overlay is an image of a sky that you can insert and seamlessly blend into your photo using Photoshop. Adding a sky overlay allows you to dramatize boring or plain skies, creating a more visually appealing final image.
To apply a sky overlay, open the image you wish to edit and go to File > Place. Choose the sky overlay you want to use and click ‘Place’.
Once the sky opens onto your image, stretch it to fit your photo. Then, place it in the ‘Multiply’ blend mode (this ensures that the sky believably blends with the skyline of your photo). Lastly, use a Layer Mask to remove the sky effect from any areas that you don’t want it to show up!
If you’re a visual learner, you can watch me apply a sky overlay in the video tutorial below!
There are several Sky Overlay Collections available for purchase in my shop!
You can browse them below, or click here.