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How to change the sky color in Google Photos

Light up the sky!
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December 10, 2022

The sky is usually an essential part of a photo. A striking atmosphere can make the difference between an average snap and a breathtaking image. Google Photos allows editing average skies and turning them into impressive views easily. The only downside is that the feature only works if you have a Pixel phone or a Google One subscription. If you qualify, keep reading to learn how to change the sky color in Google Photos.

Read more: These are the best Pixel-only features

QUICK ANSWER

Launch the Google Photos app, select the image you want to edit (it should have sky), and hit Edit. Go into the Tools tab and select Sky. You can pick between seven presets, including Vivid, Luminous, Radiant, Ember, Airy, Afterglow, and Stormy. When you pick your preferred preset, you can drag the slider to modify its intensity.

If you're trying to find out how to make the sky bluer in Google Photos, you should pick either Airy or Stormy. Airy offers a more vibrant blue, while Stormy uses a deeper, darker blue hue.

How to change the sky color in Google Photos

You can change the sky color in Google Photos using the Sky tool. Here’s where you can find it.

  1. Launch the Google Photos app.
  2. Find the photo you want to edit. Obviously, it should have the sky showing.
  3. Hit Edit.
  4. Go into the Tools tab.
  5. Pick Sky.
  6. Select the effect you want to apply. You can pick between Vivid, Luminous, Radiant, Ember, Airy, Afterglow, and Stormy.
  7. Drag the slider to modify the effect’s intensity.
  8. Hit Done when ready.
  9. Select Save copy.

FAQs

The ability to edit skies in Google Photos is a bit limited. Only Google One subscribers and Pixel devices have access to it.

You can pick between seven effects when editing the sky in Google Photos. These are Vivid, Luminous, Radiant, Ember, Airy, Afterglow, and Stormy.

You can’t take the image to its previous state once edited, but that shouldn’t really matter. This is because the new edit will be saved as a new copy. If you want to use the original image, simply find it in your gallery again.

How well the Sky feature works depends on many factors. Effects react differently to different types of clouds, skies, lighting, and environments. That said, we found the tool to be pretty impressive. We especially liked that the rest of the image adapts to the lighting and coloring created by the sky changes. Reflections and general lighting will change to look natural with the picked sky.