Placing Cloudy Skies in Glamour Composites

If you enjoy compositing cloudy skies into glamour composites, a simple tip is to use a horizontal (landscape orientation) image of a sky with a vertical (portrait orientation) image of the model. Instead of making the sky look more distant, and thereby adding depth to the image (as discussed in the previous blog post), this has the opposite effect: it gives the sky and clouds more presence. Here is a sky image that will be used as an example:

Sky image.

Sky image.

In Photoshop, the sky image is brought in the image of the model by shift-dragging it in. Holding the shift key down centers the sky image:

The sky image is centered, but not all of it is visible.

The sky image is centered, but not all of it is visible.

Next, the sky image can be positioned to give a pleasing composition:

The sky has been repositioned, but not resized.

The sky has been repositioned, but not resized.

Here is the final image of our model Tiffany:

Tiffany, final image.

Tiffany, final image.

In contrast to the simple technique presented in the last blog post, this equally simple technique makes the clouds appear closer, and gives the sky a more dominant presence.