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Creating An HDR Photo Effect In 3 Simple Steps

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Just a quick tip on how to create a HDR looking photo effect using Photoshop by making image adjustments and playing around with filters. The perfect tutorial for Photoshop beginners and even a great tutorial for a Photoshop expert.

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Stock Photo

1. Applying Shadow And Highlight

Start off by opening up Stock Photo in Photoshop.

1. Then Select Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight, sc1

turn the shadow amount up to 50% and the Highlight amount to also 50% then select the OK button.

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2. We Next Want To Desaturate The Photo

2. Duplicate the layer by right clicking on the layer and selecting the duplicate layer.

then select image > adjustment > Desaturate the image this will then turn the image black and white.

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We then want to change the blending mode on that layer to overlay. creating-hdr-image-sc5

3. Applying An High Pass Filter

3. Next select the bottom Photoshop layer and duplicated it we then want to move that layer to the top of all other layers. Then select filter > other > High pass,creating-hdr-image-sc7

we then would like to change the radious to 66 creating-hdr-image-sc8

once that’s been done select the OK button. All what’s left to do is change the blending mode for that layer to soft light.

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Finished, Final Out Come

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15 thoughts on “Creating An HDR Photo Effect In 3 Simple Steps

  1. this isn’t really HDR. HDR contains zero shadows or hotspots. It’s supposed to flatten the image into one true exposure. If you look at this, it’s the exact opposite. It’s a cool processing that reminds me of dave hill/joey lawrence. But it isnt HDR.

  2. Thank you very much!
    I was looking for a way to get a “faux” HDR effect and you gave me exactly what I wanted! – TomJB

  3. Yep not HDR at all, But it does look pretty good. If you were to do that upon a scenery/landscape shot it would not look any different colour wise. You need to know real HDR to call it an HDR effect

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