Simulating an HDR Effect in Photoshop


Open your image in Adobe Photoshop next go to Layer and select ” Duplicate Layer ” Change the document destination to ” New ” name it ” High Exposure ” and click OK next go to: Filter and select ” Camera Raw Filter ” in the basic tab put +1.50 in the Exposure -25 in the Contrast -100 in the Highlights and lastly -40 in the whites and click OK next go back to the original image and again go to: Layer and select ” Duplicate Layer ” change the document destination to: New name it ” Low Exposure ” and click OK next go to: Filter and select ” Camera Raw Filter ” put -1.50 in the Exposure -25 in the Contrast and lastly +100 in the Shadows and click OK now go back the ” High Exposure ” image next go to: File and select ” Save as ” change the save type to ” JPEG ” add number ” 1 ” in the beginning of the name and save it close the tab now go the original image after that go to: File and select ” Save as ” make sure the save type is ” JPEG ” name it ” 2-Original Photo ” and click Save close the tab now we’ll do the same for the Low Exposure image go to: File and select ” Save as ” add the number ” 3 ” in the beginning of the name and click Save close the tab now locate where you saved the 3 images select the 3 images and drag them to Photoshop at once now with the three images opened on each tab in Photoshop go to: File; Automate and Select ” Merge to HDR Pro ” after that click on ” Add Open Files ” and click OK wait for it to process… now in the Manually Set EV Window you can change between the images in the ” 1-High Exposure ” image change the f-Stop value to: 2 keep the ” 2-Original Photo” image to default but for the ” 3-Low Exposure ” image change the f-Stop Value to: 8 and click OK the Merge to HDR Pro window will open change the Mode to: 8 Bit – Local Adaptation next put ” 500 px ” in the Radius and ” 1 ” in the Strength next put ” 0.70 ” in the Gamma and ” 100% ” in the Detail and lastly put ” 100 % ” in the Shadow Click OK wait for it to process… after it finish processing double click on the background layer to unlock it name it ” HDR ” and click OK now right click on the ” HDR ” layer and select Convert to Smart Object next go to: Filter; Other and select ” High Pass ” put ” 1000 px ” in the Radius and click OK wait for it to process… now double click on this slider icon this will bring up the blending options dialogue box change the blend mode to ” Soft Light ” this will add more clarity to the image Click OK next go to adjustment and select Vibrance put ” -20 ” in the Vibrance and ” -10 ” in the Saturation and that’s all, here’s the Before and After

17 Comments

  1. Marco Moretti November 25, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Красавчик c(:

  2. Jannik Drescher November 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I really liked it! Keep up the good work!

  3. Valterlan Moraes Wall November 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Qual música está tocando?

  4. JumpBannana November 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome video, but what happened to the voice-over?

  5. dprs November 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I miss the voice-over, but your tutorials are still great as usual.

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  7. Roin Steven April 9, 2018 at 8:59 am

    nice thank

  8. Creations by Elibet6 May 17, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Grea tutorial !!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Rana Fitri Athaya July 15, 2018 at 5:33 am

    thank you very much 🙂

  10. Bu Bi July 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    open my mind!, thanks

  11. dave alark August 8, 2018 at 1:51 am

    good shit

  12. Su Thai Paris Bachatero August 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    OMG its so great, really awesome job

  13. Vicky Anael August 31, 2018 at 4:56 am

    how to adjust the brightness if the picture too bright? do i have to go to level or curve after edit or i have to adjust somewhere in your steps?

  14. Kelsey Baker October 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you! Awesome tutorial

  15. Bhaskar Mitra November 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I am getting an error when merging the three photos. It states – "Images to merge may have been taken with different cameras"… Please help… Thanks!!

  16. GYAN Support for Everything November 21, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Superb……

  17. Sedat Seals July 23, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Can anyone please tell me the song title? The first one.

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