I’ve been replacing skies manually in Photoshop for over 15 years now. It’s time-consuming and tedious, but I assumed it was the only way. But now, Luminar 4 claims to be able to swap skies with a single click, and it’s quite impressive.
Let me be clear, Luminar 4 is not going to give you all of the detailed adjustments that Photoshop allows. If you’re a fine art photographer who needs every pixel of your images to look flawless, this probably isn’t the best option for you. You might prefer Mike Kelley’s sky library and the manual approach.
But for the rest of us, especially real estate and portrait photographers, we need to be able to swap skies quickly. This is where Luminar 4 really shines.
To see it in action, watch the video above. It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s far better than anything else I’ve tried, and if Luminar can add just a few extra features like the ability to load raw skies, move and skew them with more precision, and mask export back into Photoshop, this would be a tool that even the most detail-oriented photographer would use for every sky replacement.
Luminar 4 certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s totally free to try, and it’s certainly worth checking out. It has a ton of other features, but the automatic sky replacements are certainly my favorite.
If you decide to buy it, you can use the code “FSTOPPERS” at checkout to save an additional $10.