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[ Tutorial ] How to easily fake an HDR effect in photoshop

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Easy photoshop manipulation to create a HDR photo without the actual (time-taking) HDR process.

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[ 1 ] We'll call the original layer "ORIGINAL", now duplicate ORIGINAL and place it above that layer. (We'll call this "BLACKWHITE")

 

[ 2 ] Change the Blending option of BLACKWHITE to "Overlay"

 

[ 3 ] Go to Image > Adjustements > Desaturate (SHIFT + CTRL + U)

 

[ 4 ] Now invert BLACKWHITE: Image > Adjustements > Invert (CTRL + I)

 

[ 5 ] And add a gaussian Blur to it (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) around 40 pixels (This causes the so called 'bleeding' of the edges, tweak the amount to personal likings)

 

[ 6 ] Now duplicate ORIGINAL and place it above BLACKWHITE, name this layer "LINEAR_LAYER"

 

[ 7 ] Change the blending type of LINEAR_LAYER to "Linear Light"

 

[ 8 ] Give LINEAR_LAYER an opacity around 62%. And you're done (For better results, tweak this percentage)

 

Download the Photoshop CS3 action here

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Some photo's that are photoshopped using this routine:

 

[ · ] Eiffel Tower #1

 

[ · ] Eiffel Tower #2

 

[ · ] Flower parade Zundert

 

[ · ] l'Arc de Triomphe

 

[ · ] l'Arc de Triomphe

 

[ · ] Sacre-Coeur

 

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