How to Get 55 Free Skies From Photoshop’s Latest Update

Adobe has been ramping up its AI features in the last couple of years, including its sky replacement functions. With the latest update to Photoshop, Adobe offers you 55 free skies to download. Here's how to get them.

Whether you're a fan of the ever-increasing presence of AI in photography or not, the reality is that it's here to stay and will only get bigger and more feature-laden as we move into the future. When AI first started becoming more ubiquitous in Photoshop and other software platforms, I was both skeptical and hesitant, mostly because I felt somehow cheated after spending years and years perfecting certain editing techniques. But the dam has burst, and now, I just shrug my shoulders and embrace everything. As the old saying goes, 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

In its most recent August update, Adobe Photoshop has added 55 new skies to its sky replacement feature. They are grouped into five categories, including, but not limited to, Sunsets, Storms, and Spectacular. However, if you go into Photoshop and try to access them, you won't see these new editions automatically, even if you've updated to the latest version. In this helpful video by The Photoshop Training Channel, Jesus Ramirez runs you through exactly what you need to do in order to get your creative hands on all these new skies.

Take a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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I sure wish they'd make that happen in Lightroom. Programs like Luminar and Portrait Pro have so many great features that I wish Adobe would implement. Lightroom has virtually no AI capabilities that I'm aware of which seems odd in this day and age. I fully embrace anything that allows me to make my workflow more efficient and right now I'm using 2-3 different apps for each shoot which is a bit tedious (though I'm loving how much control I have over image enhancement).

I got no inside info but my hunch is that Adobe consciously endeavours to keep PS and LR features as separate as possible when they can. Otherwise the two would just blend into one, thus, you’d only need one, which would mean less money for Adobe subscriptions etc

We are paying for photography plan where both are included... I wouldn't mind to pay same money for just Photoshop with LR as a part of it.

I'd love that too, as I seldom, if ever use LR

This is true. But they’re free, and with blend modes and all the other available tools in PS there are a lot of ways to make your skies look different.

Although it is great to get free skies, don't forget how easy it is to add your own skies. I now make capturing skies a part of nearly every outdoor shoot now that photoshop offers sky replacement.
Photoshop sky replacement is easier than Landscape Pro which I also own and love and will continue to use as needed.

Yes, if you want to be truly unique and not use Adobe’s skies, then using your own is a great option, perhaps the best.