Photoshop Review: Overcast skies into dramatic clouds | Sleeklens Skies Overlays

By March 19, 2017Design

There’s nothing more irritating than dealing with overcast days as a photographer in Ireland. 90% of the time, thats exactly what we have to deal with. With the exception of creating moody B&W images, a cloudy day provides little contrast, vibrance, colours or shape to an image. Sometimes this is the desired conditions, but more often than not we’re craving a bit of sun here in Dublin.

Luckily for us, the lovely folk at Sleeklens have created simple and easy to use overlays and lens flares to help bring a bitta-umph to my not so interesting snaps.

With their “Skies Overlay Collection”, you are given an extensive tool kit to help create amazing looking images using a stunning 177 overlays, 36 Photoshop actions, 4 white flares as well as (very useful) 1 Light Ray overlay.

The Workflow

So how does it work?

So taking this pretty boring image of Edinburgh castle, I bring into Photoshop along with a sky overlay of my choosing. With some simple masking and using the provided Photoshop actions we can start to paint out the overcast skies.

As you can see after just 4 minutes its already looking a hell better…

Another great tool from this allows us to alter the tone and lighting to reflect photographs taken at Dusk, Golden Hour, Night etc….

I finally add a small bit of saturation and take the opacity down of the clouds and hey-presto!


Not perfect by any means but within 5 minutes, I’ve a pretty decent upgrade from the original image.

And finally….

Another one that I was quite impressed by was the lens flares included in the set.



What is included in the Skies Overlay Collection?

  • 4 White Flares Overlays
  • 1 Light Ray Overlay
  • 177 Skies Overlays – including sunsets, storm, cloudy and clear sky conditions
  • Sky Overlay Photoshop Actions (36 Actions)

For a discounted price of $69 (usually $99), its not exactly what I’d call a bargain. However, for the amount of skies included, and some decent results with the actions, it may be a necessity or the next step for any photographers looking to up their game in the Photoshop world. It’s certainly a relief for many folks with folders full of grey and overcast travel shots (ahem ahem)

You can have a look at this collection, tutorials and many more here at:

Steven Sheehy

Author Steven Sheehy

Steven Sheehy is an Irish photographer, filmmaker, designer and travel blogger. His portfolio ranges from worldwide photography shoots, high profile TV shows to aerial photographs across the country.

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