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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
o...
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 a...
• 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 s...
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 !
• Visit:
– Triads-photography.blogspot.com
– Facebook.com/triadsphotography
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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...

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How to make an HDR | HDR retouching technique explained

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

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