Sky Replacement with After Effects & Premiere

There are of course several approaches to doing sky replacements in After Effects and Premiere Pro. Here's a few explained in tutorials by Kert Gartner, Film Riot, Mohamed Hafeez, Andrew Kramer (pictured), Carl Larsen, Mark Christiansen, Nick Campbell, and even a course from Chris Kenworthy.

Tuts+ has an April 2014 mini-course on the topic, Sky Replacement Techniques in After Effects with Christopher Kenworthy (see his earlier one too). Here are the first 2 movies:


Most of the earlier tutorials were done with older features, and the task often didn't require much work, so the methods used vary in difficulty.

How to do a Sky Replacement with Adobe After Effects CS5 by Vfx Haiku (Kurt Garten) looked at “how to do a complex sky replacement with Adobe After Effects CS5. We take a look at a variety of tools, including Tracking, Displacement maps, exposure, Refine Matte, Edge Blur, Colour Correction with Curves, and applying a vignette.”

Tutorials for sky replacement include these:


Later, many more appeared. Here's just a few, including one done in Premiere Pro:


Note that this roundup is for quick review and comparison. There is almost always extra vital information from the originating authors at the links provided — and often free presets, plug-ins, or stock footage too.


Rich Young

Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they thought were possible but weren’t sure.