Photoshop’s method for creating contrasting HDR effects

In this course we’ll show you how to make a high contrast HDR effect within Photoshop. Learn more about High Dynamic Range effect, the methods to recreate the look with Photoshop and more details regarding the method used to create the effect. You can also target colours to bring out the features of your photos the way you’ll see it in HDR video or images. It is also possible to alter colours that complement the images you have by applying coloring on shadows and highlights, as well as altering the hue of your colors.

What exactly is High Dynamic Range?

Let me explain what an HDR effect. It’s basically the combination of multiple exposures of the same photo. As an example, you might go to an area, and then take several images in different lighting conditions like when it is bright and sunny to create an overexposed picture and in neutral lighting in which there is no light, and in an underexposed state in which your photo appears darker with a few areas of underexposed.

If you’ve got three photos (exposures) or perhaps additional ones, you can then, during the post-processing phase, you can combine your exposures to obtain all the information from each photograph and then blend them for an image with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) of every detail of the exposure in your photo. However, in this example this tutorial, we’ll just use one image in order to recreate the contrasty HDR Effect.

Step 1: Download the sample Image

Download the first image on Pixabay and then click “File > Open” to display the image. You can see in the below image, it is ideal for creating a High Contrast HDR effects.

The reason I’m declaring this is because the photo already has a decent level of contrast. We only need to alter the contrast further in order to create an HDR image. A good rule of thumb is to select a photograph that is adequate contrast to be used for HDR photos, especially for this type of effect which we are currently creating.

Step 2. HDR Toning

I’ll employ the HDR Toning filter to create an HDR image, but the worst feature of this filter is it that the whole document is flattened. I’ve discussed the feature in the Dramatic Moody Effect tutorial. The tutorial is available to study prior to following the instruction.

The best advice is to duplicate the original image prior to using this filter as it could cause the image to be ruined. image.

OK, click on the Image tab, then Adjustments and finally the HDR Toning. The program will display a message “HDR Toning can make your file more flat. Would you like to continue?” and hit yes when you have saved the image. Do not forget to do this.

Step 3. HDR Toning Setting

Within the HDR Toning settings I used these values. If it seem confusing or overwhelming. perhaps you’ll be wondering why I came up with the settings I have. For a good starting point using a preset, there are built-in presets included for the filter. At the top of the screen there is a the Preset tab where you can select a preset as starting point. afterwards, you can alter the filter’s settings to fit your specific image.

I selected the pre-set that has a photorealistic high contrast and I altered the settings according to the picture The settings remain exactly the same. All I altered is shadows, which I changed to +41Highlights to +83 and vibrance up to +71.

Here is the high-contrast HDR appearance:

Step 4 – Color using Adobe Camera Raw

It’s time to add color to the picture as well. Adobe Camera Raw is the best place to start because it permits you to pick specific tones within images. The first step is to convert the image to a the Smart Object by right-clicking on the image and choose to convert it into smart Object.

Visit the Filter menu and select Adobe Camera Raw:

In the beginning, I increased Blacks of the image. they are the darkest part of the image. By expanding them, you’re pulling more information from the shadows region. This means that it is essential to get information from each region in your image or the image isn’t an HDR image..

I also added some sharpening in the Details tab Check out the following settings:

The HSL adjustments I altered the hues of Aqua (I would like to alter the color of the sky) In addition, I added the saturation level of oranges and yellows Blues and Aquas in order to get these colors more pronounced. In luminosity I raised to increase the Blues to +26, so I will have more light in sky. The complete list of adjustments below.

Naturally this can be different between images and so, look over the image and determine which hue requires improvement. Then, you can target the area using HSL to highlight the hue.

Then I added teal coloring to Highlights and Orange to create shadows. split tone:

Here’s the photo after using Adobe Camera Raw:

5. Change the Color of the Sky

At the end of the day I altered the colour of sky to Aqua and changed it to Blue. I thought that the sky appeared more natural when it is Blue rather than Aqua. For changing the color you need to choose Cyan or Aqua colour, click the Layer menu > New Adjustment Layer Selective Color to create an Adjustment Layer with a selective Color Adjustment Layer.

Choose the Cyan color and apply the settings below to change the hue of your sky.

Here are the final results of my research:

I hope that you have enjoyed this video and inform me if have any queries.

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