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How to add a dynamic sky to your pictures with only SNAPSEED

Hey everyone! In this post, I will tell you all about how to add a dynamic vibrant sky to your landscape pictures or any of your wish. Though the best way possible to do it in Adobe Photoshop but to be honest, not everyone wants to put in that much effort to learn Photoshop which takes time.

Snapseed is a wonderful photo editing app with immense possibilities and room for creativity. When I first installed it on my smartphone years ago, I uninstalled it in 5 minutes because I thought its the usual editing app, nothing special as such. But when I went in and dug the tools it offers, I was amazed! I’m sure you wouldn’t have ever thought of what I am about to tell you on a mere mobile editing app.

What do we need? Install Snapseed on your smartphone.

Choose a picture in which you want to add the sky and choose another picture from the internet or your own whose sky you want to add in the first one.

Now that we’ve everything we need, let’s begin!

  1. Open the first image with the dull sky in Snapseed to edit.
  2. On the bottom, you’ll see a tab named ‘Tools’, open it.
  3. Scroll down to the last row where the second option is of ‘Double exposure’, click on it and then it’ll lead to your Gallery. Choose the picture whose sky you want to add in the first picture.
  4. After selecting it, once the picture appears on top of the previous picture, on the bottom, the middle tab that has an icon like a set of cards has options like – Default, Lighten, Darken, Add etc.
  5. Choose any one out of these that best suits your picture. Concentrate only on the sky and not how it affects your foreground, we’ll fix it in a minute.
  6. When you’ve selected one, now adjust the opacity of the top layer picture using the third icon on the bottom tab that looks like a water droplet.
  7. Click on the tick on the bottom-right when you’re satisfied with the opacity chosen.
  8. Now, the surprise! Time to remove the top layer’s part from your foreground. On the top right, click on the first icon and choose the option ‘View edits’.
  9. Click on the double exposure option and then choose the icon with a brush in the center.
  10. Now using this brush, you can simply paint the top layer on the first image. Slide the brush on the sky region only so as not to overlay it on the foreground. Zoom in to make sure you don’t leave any spot and we’re done!

Quick Tip: In the end, adjust the exposure and warmth of the foreground so that it matches with the sky you’ve just added.

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BEFORE
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AFTER

Let me know if it worked for you or if you have any questions, comment down below!

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41 comments

  1. I am definitely going to have to try this! I didn’t know you could do so much with snapseed! I will need to look into this a lot more before I decide to buy any other photo editing software.

    Lauren 🙂 x

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  2. I have actually never heard of snapseed but I am going to get it on my samsung and try it out! I think I will like it.

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