Gimp: HDR effect or High Dynamic Range effect.

In this Gimp workshop we are going to apply
the HDR or High Dynamic Range effect. If you want to follow along, the download
link for the image is in the video description. When we have opened our image, we press Ctrl+Shift+D
twice, to make two duplicates of the layer. Double click on the name of the bottom layer
and change it to original. Then hit enter. Now press the upwards pointing arrow on your
keyboard to select the middle layer. Press enter and change the name to overlay. Hit enter. Press again on the upwards pointing arrow, hit enter again, and change the name of this layer to desaturate. Hit enter again. When we hover with the mouse, without clicking, over the mode, and then roll the mouse wheel, we can see the different modes and there effects. We make this mode overlay. Press Alt+C to open the colors drop down menu and then press the D key to make the desaturation dialog box visible. Now we just press enter. Press Alt+C again and now the V key. Press enter to invert the layer. Now we press Alt+R, then we press the B key and then the G key to make the gaussian blur dialog box visible. Drag the dialog box to the top of your screen
and pull it out. Move the image so you can see the tram. Make the blur radius 50 and click okay. Then we click and drag the middle layer to
the top of the layers stack. We make its mode also overlay. Press and hold the Shift key and click on
the eye of the bottom layer. In that way we can see the difference. This is basically how we can make a HDR effect,
and we could leave it like this. But we can however go a bit further. Make sure the desaturate layer is selected
and press Ctrl+Shift+D to make a duplicate. Press and hold the shift key and then click on the eye of the original bottom layer to see the difference. Another possibility is selecting the top
layer, press Ctrl+Shift+D again to make a duplicate of this layer. Then we can change the opacity to our liking. Here to, we can press and hold the shift key and then click on the eye of the original bottom layer to see the difference. When you think its to much, you can of course
just delete these last added layers again by selecting them and clicking on the waste bin. Just see what feels good for you. Anyway, here it is, our very own HDR image. I hope this helps and if that is the case,
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  1. Jim Fitzpatrick January 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Excellent videos for noobs like myself. Thanks. πŸ‘

  2. BB January 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Wouw πŸ‘πŸ˜‰ Super Jan
    Fijn weekend hoor !!

  3. CTRL_S Marcos January 13, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Fantastic effect. And a shortcuts lesson included. Thank you so much.Regards : ^ )

  4. Nikos Moukas January 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    You turned an otherwise boring image, into a vivid and live photo within mins. Great video and great technic. Thanks a lot !!

  5. Time is Gold January 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you it's really easy to follow every time u made a tutorial

  6. Jeremy N January 18, 2018 at 3:43 am

    fast and effective technique. Just trying to wrap my head around why adding a blurred desaturated layer causes this effect.

  7. Creative Nonlimited March 14, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Interesting, good shortcuts to know. I like how you explained the variations at the end of your video. You did a great tutorial.

  8. Time is Gold April 11, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Very informative
    Thank you once again

  9. Dr.Sandip Mehta May 23, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    really nice and informative

  10. Oscar Luis Santos June 17, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Awesome! So simple but powerful tip!!! I love it. Another thumb up!!!!

  11. gimp workshop July 31, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    πŸ‘‰Tip: Gimp 2.10 users: Please read the video description for some additional notes πŸ‘ˆ

  12. BETO ELIAS August 20, 2018 at 10:17 pm


  13. markolino style September 8, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Question: How can I do the same with three actual bracketed pictures. Thanks

  14. Engenho Mental October 2, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Excelent! I am really starting to enjoy Gimp features.

    – One question though, Is that possible to automate this procedure (macro) just in case we have many photos to do the same tasks??


  15. Psycho Gun December 26, 2018 at 11:53 am

    great tips! straight to the point with a preview πŸ‘

  16. Aaron Smith February 25, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Great trick! Wish somebody would turn this into a Gmic plugin to make this quicker and easier to use.

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