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How To Edit The Color Of The Sky In A Photo

By Melanie Doncas | Advanced Photo EditingPhoto Editor Tutorials

Have you ever noticed that your camera never quite captures that brilliant sunset in all of its colorful glory? Or how, even on the brightest, most beautiful day, the sky in your photograph isn’t that perfect shade of blue? If you’ve ever wanted to change the color of the sky in a photograph – whether to accurately portray the scene you remember or for cool things such as photo manipulation or branding, then you’re in luck. What was once seemingly impossible has been made possible, thanks to the Replace Color tool in our Photo Editor!

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BeFunky’s Replace Color tool lets you change the colors of the sky into any color palette you want, whether it’s a subtle hue change or something totally dramatic. Want to learn how? We’ll reveal all below.

How the Replace Color Tool Works

Before we go changing skies, let’s first talk about what the Replace Color tool does, exactly. This tool allows you to select a color in your photo and replace it with any other color you desire. By swapping your existing colors out with lighter, darker, or more colorful hues, you can quickly and easily take your photo from blah to hoorah.

Here are just three examples of how the Replace Color tool can be used to manipulate the colors of the sky:

Subtle Color Changes

Maybe the sunset you took a photo of had a little more orange in it than the camera captured. Or you just want to add some extra wow-factor to that purple-hued sunrise. Often, a subtle change can be the most effective.

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blue sky with clouds



The tip is to replace an existing color or colors with hues that are only slightly different to the original. This will keep it looking super realistic.

Dramatic, Unnatural Color Changes

If you’re not here to waste your time on subtlety, then fear not. The Replace Color tool can also be used to add a dramatic and unnatural change to your existing sky.

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golden gate bridge



Think turning it green, adding a dark sky to a brightly lit scene, or adding all the colors of the rainbow. When it comes to the Replace Color tool, the sky is your limit (pun intended).

A Complete Sky Replacement

If your photo’s existing sky is a bit of a snooze-fest, then why not get rid of it completely? The Replace Color tool lets you fully replace the sky with one that takes your fancy. Simply start by turning the sky part of your image transparent. Then, save the photo as a layer and add it to a more stunning picture of a sky. The end result should look natural, yet completely different.

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mountain landscape photography



For a full tutorial of how to completely replace the sky with a different image using the Replace Color tool, head over to this blog post. For replacing and enhancing the colors of the sky in your original image, read on below!

How to Change the Color of the Sky in a Photo

Once you’re ready to experiment with the Replace Color tool, go to the Photo Editor and upload a photo containing a sky you wish to change. Then, in the Edit tab on the left, click Replace Color.

Replace Color Tool by BeFunky

When you’ve got the Replace Color tool menu open, you’ll notice options for Source Color and Target Color. The Source Color refers to the color in your image you want to change, while the Target Color will be the color you choose to replace it.

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When you’ve decided which color in your sky you want to replace, click on the box next to Source Color and use the Eyedropper tool to select this color in your photo.

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The Target Color defaults to creating a transparent background, so you’ll notice any area in your photo containing that particular color has become transparent. If too much of your image has become transparent after selecting Source Color, you can adjust the Tolerance slider to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the color you’re replacing.

how to change color of sky in photo with BeFunky

Once you’ve got the tolerance adjusted the way you want it, it’s time to choose a Target Color to replace the transparent areas with (aka what the new color of your sky will be). Click the box next to Target Color and click and drag the blue circle within Color Palette to choose your new hue. Alternatively, you can choose a color already in your image by using the eyedropper tool.

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Pro Tip:

Have a super-specific color in mind? If you know the color’s HEX Code, you can go ahead and type it into the box to the left of the eyedropper tool.

From here, you can feel free to use Paint Mode to clean up any additional areas of the image where your Target Color ended up, if needed. Just click the Paint tab (next to Adjust in the Replace Color menu), adjust your Brush Size and settings, then paint over the areas where you wish to remove the Target Color.

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When you’re happy with your new sky, click the blue checkmark button to apply the Replace Color effect. Ta-da! Instant sunset.

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Then, all that’s left to do is to save your image so you can share it online, print it to frame, or anything else that takes your fancy! Click on Save at the top of your screen to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more!  

Before and After

When it comes to editing your photos, BeFunky’s Replace Color Tool lets you reach for the sky. Just look at how it completely changed the vibe of this photo:

how to edit sky colors photo with BeFunky
mountain landscape photography



Ready to try the Replace Color tool for yourself? Not only will it help you enhance and edit the look of the sky in your photos, it works for all types of photography. Change the color of your outfit, create unnatural hues in your images, and basically replace any color with a new hue whenever you want. Click the link below to get started!  

Photo Editing, Simplified.

Photo Editing. Simplified