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How to Turn Day into Night Using Photoshop – Part 1

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Julian H
December 17, 2016 By Julian H
How to Turn Day into Night Using Photoshop – Part 1 www.sleeklens.com

Hey everyone out there in Photoshop land, today we’re going to be looking at how to turn Day into Night Using Photoshop, and at the end we should have a nice looking realistic image.

So for this tutorial I want to go with a funny image of a dog running in a field with the tongue hanging out that I found on pixabay, pretty funny.

This is where I get all my images for free, you can too so pop over and have a look and join in with this tutorial and work along with me, if you know of anymore please feel free to drop them in the comments below.


First thing you will need to do is click on Colour Lookup in the Adjustment Panel, if you do not see it you will be able to find it under the Window Option, it will be second down ‘Adjustments’

Under Colour look up it is on the second row at the last, it looks like a little grid, if you are having trouble pin pointing it, just hover over the icons and the name will pop up.


Then click on the drop down box and choose NightfromDay.CUBE as indicated in the example image below.



Next lower the opacity of that new adjustment layer to around 70% give or take, just to what looks good to you or similar to mine.


Ok so in the same place you got the Colour Lookup you will find Colour Balance, it’s the second on the second row that looks like a set of scales.


So once you have found that and it is open like the image above you will see three slider bars, the top one is Cyan, move that to about minus 15/20.

Leave the middle one, we don’t need it as we are dealing with Blues here.

Then move the bottom one to around the same as the Cyan on in stead of a minus move it toward the Blue which is a plus (or to the right)


Now we’re going to add another Colour Lookup (remember NightfromDay.CUBE) well this time we’ll go for FoggyNight.3DL and drop that layers opacity to about 20%.

Also just a side note, feel free to explore these Colour Lookup filters and choose which ever one you think look s best, there is a few good ones in there, they’re not as developed and our Sleeklens Presets but for this they do the job very nicely.

Now we can start to add in stars a night scenes, again I got mine from Pixabay.

Once I opened it up in Photoshop I selected the image, copied and pasted it on to my file that we are currently working with.

Note that you may need to adjust the size of your image that you just pasted in it may be way bigger than our current Night and Day image, you can do this by choosing Edit Free Transform (Ctrl T).

Once you are at this point then bring the opacity of the image down so you can see both images, so round 50% say.


Now up we have to create a Mask, at the bottom right hand side on the image above us you will see (where the time is displayed) 7 Icons, you will recognize them because one is FX. (The second one in)

The one I want you to click is the next one over that looks like a dark circle inside a box.

When you click on that you will notice on your Stars image layer a white box will appear next to it.


This will allow you when using the Paint Brush using Black to non destructively erase out the Stars that you see in the Grass, Dog and Tree.

If you make a mistake you will be able to bring the Stars back if you switch to the opposite, meaning use White.

Take a little time with this and don’t rush it because some images will be a lot harder than others, so it really depends on what you are using as your initial image.


So hang tight for the next Tutorial on this subject as I have some very cool things to show you in that, I think you’ll really like them.

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Julian H

Julian H

Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Photography, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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