Turn Day into Night in Photoshop

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Turn day into night! Use the power of Adjustment Layers and Blending Options to turn a bright daytime image, into a semi-realistic nighttime image. While these settings may not give you 100% perfect results, you can use the same techniques on your images with a bit of tweaking.

Source Files

The images that I’m using in this tutorial were both found on Shutterstock.

Starting Image

Moon Image

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  • Matthias Void Manson

    nice try but…. meh…

  • Chris Lynam

    Looks pretty amateur/lame to be honest

  • Mäcces McFly

    The sunshine is still there.

  • Cristopher Atal Lagos


  • Anders Enger Jensen

    Love all your other work, but this looks a bit like the oldest trick in the movies: extreme ND-filtering in daylight to make it appear as night (like Indiana Jones movies for instance), but hey, keep up the good work 🙂

  • Gino Paris

    nice work

  • Jonnel Mamauag

    love this tut …

  • Mau Tastic

    the sky is still blue silly goose

  • Ravin X-Fighter

    bracket keys 😀 [ [ [ ] ] ] { { } }

  • Nick Hjorth Lauritzen

    Normally I really like your work Howard, but this is not your finest hour, the light is still too bright and the sky too blue, give it another go man 🙂

  • Pam Wolfe

    I enjoyed it very much!

  • Christa Meyer

    So great…THANKS!

  • Prasad Patnaik

    Great Tutorial. Thanks

  • Simon Stahl

    Howard, I think you should use images with soft light, like an overcast scene. The harsh sunlight makes it easy to see that it’s just an underexposed day 🙂

  • Mark Le Grand

    Only one word: Amazing! Very good work!! 🙂

  • Sanjay Mistry

    Hi Howard, whilst you create amazing tutorials… many that help us all around the world!
    I often see comments that are unfair, those who think they can better your tutorials perhaps should open their own tutorial channel!
    You’re a credit and an invaluable asset to many people… Please continue your amazing work…
    This message is on behalf of your followers who REALLY VALUE your work.

  • Rick E Koen

    Bravo, Howard! B|

  • Wynn Anne Sibbald

    It’s like those 1950’s movies where they put on the “night lens.” In real night shots those shadows should not be so intense.

  • Valdis Olšteins

    From physics point of view, at night, the colors doesn’t show because there is not enough light to reflect, but the light produced by moon takes the advantage of “Blue” color atoms, which is the first color to be scattered, so next time maybe try add a little bit of dark blue in the scene, for a little bit more realistic view. You can clearly see the dark blue sky, which pops out quite much, because the scene doesn’t graduate to unsaturated blue as well. Otherwise, good tutorial. =)

  • Borislav Parnarev

    I realy liked it, thank you for the great tutorial

  • Patrick Zito

    just watched that one earlier. great work

  • uhanepono1

    What a lot of fun.