easily get an HDR effect with one image
When you are creating a High Dynamic Range picture, you need to have 3 or more images taken at different stops and then blend them to create 1 photo with the color and light as the original 3. In this tutorial, I will show you a quick and easy way to create the effect of an HDR image with only 1 photo. Please note that this is not a true HDR, but it creates a similar effect.
Open your image in Photoshop. Be sure that it is in RGB mode, if not, go to Image > Mode > RGB to set the image mode to RGB.
Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and set the name of this new layer as âCopy 1â
Again, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and this time set the name of this new layer as âCopy 2â
Be sure to have the âCopy 2â layer selected and go to Image > Adjustments > Invert
With the âCopy 2â layer active, set the blending mode to Vivid Light
Go to Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Objects
Go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. Set the Radius to 20 pixels, the Threshold to 20 levels and click OK.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Set the name of this layer to âAdjustmentâ and click OK.
Be sure to have the âAdjustmentâ layer active and click over the layer thumbnail to display the Properties Panel. In the Hue/Saturation Panel, set the Saturation to -100.
Press Command-Option-Shift-E (Mac) or Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E (PC) in order to create a merged copy of all visible layers. Go to Layer > Rename Layer and set the name of this new Layer to âMergedâ
Be sure to have the âMergedâ layer active, and set the blend mode to Overlay.
Hide the âAdjustmentâ and âCopy 2â layers by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer`s name.
With the âMergedâ layer still active, go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen
Bring down the âMergedâ layer opacity to 60%
Again, press Command-Option-Shift-E (Mac) or Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E (PC) in order to create a merged copy of all visible layers. Go to Layer > Rename Layer and set the name of this new Layer to âHDR effectâ
Finally, hide the layers âMergedâ and âCopy 1â by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer`s name and go to Layer > Delete > Hidden Layers.
If you wish to increase the HDR effect, be sure to have the âHDR effectâ layer active and go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Set the name of this new layer as âHDR effect 2â and click OK.
Set the blend mode of the âHDR effect 2â layer to Overlay and bring down the opacity to 40%.