Photoshop Post Processing
Sky can be one of the most difficult things to improve your images. Because a sky will usually have clouds or some element that can be over it, carefully masking and then adjusting specific values could be the first thing you try. Thankfull there is an easier method you can try first and save a lot of time on making your sky pop. Today, I will show you how easily you can make a sky pop in Photoshop by using only 2 adjutment layers and no masking at all.
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Open your image in Photoshop.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.
In the Hue/Saturation properties panel click the "Drag" icon.
Click on a part of your sky and drag the mouse to the right until you are happy with your sky saturation. Photoshop will detect the appropriate channel and adjust the saturation on that channel only.
Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color and be sure to have the "Absolute" option selected.
From the "Colors" dropdown menu select Blues and increse the Black to about 10%.
Lastly, select the Cyans from the "Colors" dropdown menu and again, increase the Black but this time to about 30% and decrease the Yellow to about -30%.
Now you know how to easily improve the sky in your pictures, you can use this method over any other image you want. Just by increasing/decreasing the Blue and Cyans values according to your preferences, you can make your sky pop in less than 5 minutes like in the following examples.