TURNING DAY TO NIGHT IN PHOTOSHOP, STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

There really are just 3 steps:

  1. Create night color toning.
  2. Set up Layer masking.
  3. Paint in illumination.

I will split it up into a few more simple steps to make it easy to follow for any image. Let’s begin with a photograph taken during the day. To make it easy for you to follow, I have used this image from Adobe Stock.

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STEP 1: ADDING A NIGHT SKY IN PLACE OF THE DAY SKY
Let’s genuinely replace the sky with a beautiful night sky rather than merely dimming it. It is the quickest method to achieve the best outcome. Speed is crucial when using Photoshop for professional purposes.

Take the rapid selection tool in hand.

b. Use the Alt/Option key and drag to deselect if you go over the lines while selecting the sky region.

I also chose to include the white wall at the end of the street because it is very dull and may otherwise appear to be an error.

c. In the layers panel, after you are satisfied with your choice, click the add layer mask button.

The sky will now appear transparent and mask-like.

(To invert the layer mask if the sky is visible but the buildings are hidden, click the layer mask and press Cmd/Ctrl+I.)

We must now descend from the skies. Here is another image of the night sky that I stole from Adobe Stock.

d. Insert the image of the sky into ours (remember, you can view the video at the top for clarity on any steps you are unclear on).

Here is a simple Photoshop lesson for mixing photographs.

e. Reposition the sky so that it is directly below the street scene by dragging it to the bottom.

f. To convert for free, press Cmd/Ctrl+T.

To resize and position the sky shot, hold down Shift while dragging on the corner handles.

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