Turn a Sunny Day Photo Into an Evening One

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Turn your sunny day photos into beautiful and peaceful evening shots with this easy to follow Photoshop tutorial.

First, open up your photo in Photoshop. For the sake of this tutorial, I used a stock one, taken at Lake Baikal: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1303586

Since evening shots lack the saturation and vibrance of sunny days, we'll first open up Image > Adjustments > Vibrance. Set the vibrance level to -32.

After that, using the quick selection tool, select the sky in your photo. You can hold down Alt (Option on the Mac) to deselect areas, in case you selected more than you wanted to.

Once you have your selection, cut the selection using Ctrl + X (Cmd + X on Mac). Now paste it again into the picture. You might need to move it back into it's original position.

Now open up the layer blending options for the sky and use the following gradient overlay.

We do this to make the sky darker and to give the illusion that the photo was taken just before sunrise, as the sun would be behind the mountains.

We still need to adjust the colors a bit to reduce the "sunny" feeling of the photo. To do this, we'll add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer on top of all the layers. Use the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Let's darken the photo a bit. Create a new layer on top of all the other layers, fill it with black and set the blending mode to Soft Light. Your photo should look like this:

Select the original layer (the one with the house and without the sky) and go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. Use the settings below.

Your photo should now look similar in theme to the one below.

For effect, let's add some light in the windows of the smaller house on the front (close to you). This step may or may not apply to your photo, but we'll also be doing one other thing later so you can skip this if your photo doesn't have houses.

Add a small square covering a window of the house. This house has two windows so I'll just duplicate the layer later.

To that shape/layer, add the following layer blending options:

Now apply the same effects to the other layer (rectangle), on the other window - if any. Here's how mine turned out.

And at last, purely for effect, we'll add a moon. Grab this beautiful photo of the moon from Stock.XCHNG: The Moon

Copy the moon photo, paste it onto your photo. Resize it as you see fit, set the blending mode to Screen and the opacity to 65%. That's it, you have your evening photo!

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