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Download: Banish Boring Skies

By Kelly  ·  Issue: September/October 2012 (v9n5)

These are the sample files to follow along with “Banish Boring Skies” from the September/October 2012 issue of Photoshop Elements Techniques.


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19 Replies to Download: Banish Boring Skies:

  1. Rob

    August 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Full tutorial would not download. Only example pictures (2)

    • Richard

      August 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Same as Rob, tutorial would not download. Only example of two pictures

    • Bruce

      August 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Same as Rob

  2. Kornelis

    August 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    same as rob on all your latest tutorials

  3. Kelly

    August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    As the text mentions, these are sample files that you would need to follow along with tutorials in the latest issue of the magazine, which is shipping as we speak. We try to put them up a bit early so readers have them when the magazine arrives.

  4. Leigh

    August 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I cannot download anything but a single picture on both files!?

  5. Lonna

    August 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    no confusion…. I think you usually send out samples for download and then the magazine comes?

  6. Jayne

    August 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the downloads. Can’t wait to get the next issue!

  7. Brian

    August 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    downloads but won’t open, please revert to your original site.

    • Kelly

      August 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Hi Brian,

      The files download and open for me and others seem to have had success. Can you give me more information about what is happening for you? What system and browser are you using?

  8. Charles

    August 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I downloaded the files and tried the technique. The problem I have is the use of the Levels function to develop a full black and white image where it tends to remove a lot of detail such as branches especially at the outer edge. This technique also left a lot of white edging to be removed in this example. I have been replacing the sky for a number of years and have found that a technique explained several years age in the magazine works best for me. Instead of making all of the color adjustments I use Remove Color from the Enhancements / Color then go to Lighting and run the Contrast full to the right. This is not a full B/W image but rather one with some gray areas. I select the sky with the Magic Wand, in this case at about 30%.. With that selection I created the layer mask from Layer / Layer Mask / Hide Selection. In this example there was no white halo around the selection when I zoomed up closely to the leaves so I didn’t have to make any further adjustment with the layer blend but I still had a lot of detail remaining. In some pictures I still have some halo after the selection but I have corrected that by zooming closely to the leaves and expanding the selection 20% to 30% from the Refine Edge until the halo is removed.

  9. Charles

    August 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    For those who are having trouble with downloading. It comes to you as a ZIP file. You must have a program such as WINZIP to open them. I had no trouble. I’ve been teaching ELEMENTS for 7 years now and you would be surprised how many students don’t know about know about compressed files.

  10. Edward

    September 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    downloaded files … unable to import to element ..

    window viewer and HP viewer works well ..

  11. Jake

    September 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Could only download one picture of each, that’s it.

    • Kelly

      September 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Jake, the zip file should give you two images: one of the trees before the sky was replaced and one of the replacement sky. You only got one?

  12. Alec

    September 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am deep into info overload!
    Have only just switched over to PSE 9 from ACDSee Pro 5.
    I cannot make Folders like I used to in sorting my images – HELP!!
    Alec H.

  13. Ann

    September 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I have PSE 10. I downloaded pictures of Banishing Boring Skies and followed the directions to create a mask. All was fine until #7. Pressing Command V did not paste the black and white image into the workspace. I downloaded your picture samples because I was not able to make the Command V work with my own pictures. But that didn’t help. Thanks for your help.

    • Diana

      December 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Ann,

      Did you Alt-click (Mac:Option-click) on the mask (to bring it into the workspace) before using Ctrl-V (Mac: Command-V) to paste the B&W image into the mask in the workspace?


  14. John

    December 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Diana,

    As a complete newbie to Photography I have recently purchased PSE11 and found this website yesterday. It didn’t take me long to realise it offered much more than I can cope with at the moment, but would be a great learning facility, so I subscribed and started to browse through what was available

    As my main interest is Landscape Photography your Banish Boring Skies caught my attention as it was something I had tried from reading some magazines and/or seeing what others where doing on some of the many You Tube videos available, but without much success, the “fixes” never quite hit the mark.

    Until that is, I downloaded your PDF and sample files – what an enlightenment – just fantastic, and so easy to follow – I was soon dragging out some of my “boring skies” photos and putting into practice all that you had shown in the tutorial.

    If this is a sample of what this site offers, then great, I’m hooked – Thanks for a great tutorial.


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