How to Create HDR Images in Photoshop – Video Tutorial

HDR is one, if not THE biggest craze, out there right now when it comes to image post processing. It’s been around for a while but with some pretty cool software like Photomatix making it easy to do, it took off.

I think this is the post processing tutorial that was requested the most since YPS started!  And I finally got around to it. Better late than never, right? 🙂 Yes, there are a few HDR specific programs out there but I decided to show you how to do it Photoshop since most of you already have it and you won’t need to fork out more of your precious money on new software. But I have to tell you that, even if Photoshop does a good job, Photomatix is still the king of HDR manipulation.

So today I’ll show you how to go from this:

To this:

[vimeo 3720711]


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11 responses on "How to Create HDR Images in Photoshop - Video Tutorial"

  1. I think it is better to do HDR on a piecewise scale. However, I found Photoshop’s Merge into HDR Pro only working on the entire Image.

  2. A Question: It would seem that I could take a single image, and using ACR to change the exposure and save as could produce 3, 5, or even 9 images that differed solely in exposure. These images -again in theory- could then be merged into a HDR image. Since I haven’t seen this idea mentioned anywhere, I assume it would not work… the thing is, I’ve no idea why it wouldn’t can you explain?

    And many, many thanks for providing a wonderful resource thast helps me to become a better photographer!

  3. I had PS CS somewere, and I looked and as the Camera raw and the HDR thing, was also added in CS 2, so evry PS above CS 2 should have HDR and camera raw, but thx for the tutorial.. 😀

  4. This was a really great tutorial. I would have preferred you used a different photo for this, but nice technique! Keep up the good work!

  5. @ bubble

    make sure you select 16 bit instead of 32 bit.

  6. the second dialog box has never popped up for me.

    i always wondered why hdrs i tried to make in photoshop always sucked.

    any hints on why this happens?

  7. @ oliver and Julepils

    I can understand why you would like the 1st image better. Maybe I didn’t choose the best example. 🙂 The important thing here are the steps to make your HDR in Photoshop.

  8. I agree with the firstposter. The first image is actually better then the second. So dont believe this is a top notch HDR effect. 😛

  9. A top notch tutorial. I’ve enjoyed your entire site. Thank you!

  10. Thanks Yanik, this is brilliant, really greatfull for the post.

  11. in fact the first image is WAYYYYY better than the second…the second is so un natural

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