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Adobe Photoshop's improved Sky Replacement makes it sunny when skies are grey

Photoshop on Surface
Photoshop on Surface (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Adobe just rolled out updates to Photoshop for desktop and iPad.
  • Photoshop on the desktop has an improved Sky Replacement feature with the option to import up to 5,000 skies at once.
  • Transform Warp has more fine-tuned controls on Photoshop on the desktop.

Adobe Photoshop has updates available on the desktop and the iPad. We'll focus on the desktop changes here, but you can head over to our sister site iMore to read about the huge Photoshop update for iPad. Adobe outlines all the changes in a recent blog post (opens in new tab).

The update to the desktop versions of Photoshop improves the Sky Replacement feature. You can now import up to 5,000 skies at once. Here's Adobe's description of the feature:

Everything under the sun is ready for you with the new Get More Skies option. This link, also located inside the Sky Replacement dialog in Photoshop takes you to Adobe's Discover site, where you can download groups of professional, high quality sky presets. We're bringing you the moon and the stars… literally! Night scenes, fireworks, and amazing sunsets are just a click away.

When you replace a sky in Photoshop, you can adjust its position, temperature, and other elements to fit your photo. You can also change the foreground of the image to bring colors from the new sky into the rest of the picture.

The Transform Warp feature is also improved with the update:

Take command of the Transform Warp with independent Bezier handle movement. This fine-tuned keyboard shortcut control is available for edges and Split Warp points — giving people, like packaging designers, who need to stretch and bend images onto bottles, boxes and other, the ability to create previously-impossible transformations.

Adobe emphasizes that this feature can be used in conjunction with the new color and opacity options for warp guidelines that rolled out earlier this year.

In total, there are over 500 fixes available, according to Adobe. Here are a few that the company highlights:

Across the application:

  • Canvas movement smoother when zoomed in at maximum levels
  • Puppet warp mesh visualization improvements
  • Smoother handling of jitter opacity when painting
  • Error for scratch disk full provides link to troubleshooting document

Neural Filters:

  • Preset images now included for Style Transfer to provide a starting point
  • Use any custom image and apply the style of that image to your document
  • Superzoom now operates on the entire layer instead of only a cropped portion of the image. Use output>new document to apply superzoom to the entire document.

Photoshop also has a new Discover panel that makes finding content related to what you're working on more accessible.

If you'd like to test out new features before they ship, Adobe has a Photoshop Beta program that starts this month. You can grab Photoshop Beta from Adobe's website if you're a Creative Cloud member.

Photoshop is available for $10 per month. If you're a student or teacher, you can get the entire Adobe suite for $20 per month.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • But what's the point? I thought the idea of photography is to take a picture of something as it is, you may as well add a spaceship to a scene for how realistic these editing tools are!
  • Because it's a tool for children and pranksters... I'd rather read that Adobe worked on multi-core support... ******* pathetic crap. Affinity Designer RULZ.
  • There's a reason why the term "Photoshopped" exists.
  • Yes it's so that people who aren't good photographers can pretend to be!
  • That's not the only reason. It's often for creative reasons.