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The Nik Collection is free and compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.10; Windows Vista, 7, 8; and Adobe Photoshop through CC 2015. We have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time.

Darken the sky in a photograph

Before After

The control points available within Viveza 2 enable powerful selective control without the need to create complicated masks or selections. Control points work by identifying the unique color, tonality, and texture of the object they are placed upon, and by communicating with any other control points, ensure a precise and natural selection.

Images with dramatic blue skies are often more impactful than images where the sky and the clouds are closer together in tonality and saturation. Creating this dramatic effect is easy using control points. This lesson will help demonstrate how to create dramatic blue skies in an image.

Before

First, a control point was added to the sky by clicking on the Add Control Point button and then clicking on the blue part of the sky.

Next, the Brightness slider was reduced and the contrast slider was increased until the sky reached the desired tonality. The saturation slider was also slightly increased to bring out more of the blue in the sky.

Then, the Size slider was increased so that the entire sky is covered.

In this example, the first control point did not cover the entire sky adequately, so an additional control point was added to ensure complete coverage. To accomplish this, the first control point was duplicated by highlighting the control point and clicking on the Duplicate button. This placed a copy just beside the control point that can then be repositioned.

Alternatively, this could be accomplished by holding the Alt (Windows) or Option (Macintosh) button while clicking and dragging the control point to duplicate and position a control point in one step.

Finally, a control point was added to the foreground to prevent the darkening effect of the sky from affecting it.

After

Image by Tony Sweet

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