How to make an HDR | HDR retouching technique explained
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Explains step by step how you can make an ordinary JPEG photo into an HDR photo. All you need is a jpeg photo, HDR merging software and Adobe photoshop...

Explains step by step how you can make an ordinary JPEG photo into an HDR photo. All you need is a jpeg photo, HDR merging software and Adobe photoshop...

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How to make an HDR | HDR retouching technique explained How to make an HDR | HDR retouching technique explained Presentation Transcript

  • LET’s MAKE IT BETTER
  • LET’s MAKE IT BETTER
  • You will need • A photograph (in RAW format) • Photomatix pro ( Used to do HDR fusion) • Adobe Photoshop
  • Step 1 • Open up Photoshop and import the image
  • Step 2 • Unlock the layer by double clicking on the lock icon.
  • Step 3 • Make 2 copies of the layer by pressing ctrl+j twice • Rename the layers for convenience
  • Step 4 • Hide the layer named over exposed and select the under exposed • Click on image -> adjustment -> exposure
  • • Increase the exposure until you get completely blown out sky and fine details in the ground
  • Step 5 • Now hide the over exposed layer and select the layer named normal • Choose and expose half of what you used for over exposed layer • In this case +1.5 will do just fine • Save each images as new image files
  • you will end up with 3 images with different exposure. Normally Exposed Over Exposed Under Exposed
  • Step 6 • Open the HDR fusion software (photomatix pro) • Drag and drop the 3 photos in • Choose merge for HDR processing and press OK
  • • Choose a suitable preset and click “Process”
  • Step 7 • Adjust the curves to make more contrast
  • Step 8 • You will end up with a High dynamic range but grainy picture. • Save it as jpeg and import back to Photoshop
  • Step 9 • Unlock the layer and click on images -> adjustments -> curves
  • • Adjust the blue and green curves to turn the whole picture into purple tone
  • Step 10 • Duplicate the layer • Click on filter -> blur -> Gaussian blur • Increase the blur value until you get a silky sky
  • Step 11 • Create a layer mask on the blurred layer Create Layer mask
  • Step 12 • Use a black brush and paint on the areas where you want to bring the details back.
  • Finishing touch • Merge all layers together • Adjust brightness and contrast to make the colors pop up more
  • And here we are… WE HAVE MADE IT BETTER !
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