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How to make clouds look softer in landscape images in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
May 29, 2012

Here’s a fun effect for making clouds seem softer in the sky

Step 1 – A quick selection

The Quick Selection tool usually works well when it comes to selecting sky. Duplicate the background layer and then drag a new selection over the sky.

Step 2 – Add layer mask

Once the selection has been made add a layer mask. This mark the sky with white and everything else with black on the mask’s thumbnail.

Step 3 – Apply filter

Click on the layer’s content thumbnail and go to Filter>Noise>Dust & Scratches. Set Radius to 10 and you should see the clouds take on a softer appearance.