Faking HDR


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


Lesson Info

Faking HDR

So now let's go on to the next technique here, the next thing we're going to do is we're going to fake a popular look called hdr, so I'm gonna open up these three images here that air in the cleverly named fake hdr folder. So I'm gonna start out with this image right here, and I was going to get a hand switch to the move tool so that we don't have that funky, weird brushed cursor running around on our image. Ok, so hdr stands for high dynamic range, and it is all the rage with photographers right now and designers to a certain extent because it produces a very surrealistic look, and I'm gonna give you an example of what that looks like by just going ahead and running this adjustment, and then we'll talk more about it. Hey, someone opened up an image and I'm going to choose the image menu adjustments hdr tony, this is a new option and photo shop see us five, so if you're not using c s five, you won't see it, and what a cr means is high dynamic range. So if you shoot an image and let's s...

ay you're dealing with, uh, let's say it's sunset, ok, and you're in hawaii? Well, if you expose for the sky, then your four grounds going to be extremely dark if he exposed for the foreground, then you're gonna be able to see the four gram but your skies going to be extremely dark. So the theory behind creating high dynamic range images is that you shoot ships that you shoot several exposures and then in photo shop you merge them all to create the perfect exposure in perfect exposures referring tio where everything is able to be seen in the photo everything is exposed or illuminated okay that's what hdr is emerging several exposures into one image where everything is perfectly lit oftentimes that yields a very surrealistic looking image well in photo shop I'm not going to show you howto put them together, but you certainly can, but what I want to show you is how to fake it so we're going to choose image adjustments. Hdr toning a dialog box is gonna open that has a wonderful menu of presense at the top I've been all y'all are going to be digging around in your preset minis from now on since we saw those precepts in the duo tone dialog box there's some good ones in here too but they're not is not as exciting as those so let's take a look at one that really exhibits what a typical hdr image looks like I'll choose to realistic high contrast you all have seen images like that right? Okay or maybe let's see I'll say photorealistic high contrast that might be a little bit more accurate toe or similar to some of the hcr images that you've seen anyway, they typically end up looking quite high contrast, and they can have a little bit of an edge glow around the edges of the image. Ok, so this is a pretty cool thing, so even if you haven't set up your camera and you haven't shot the image and several different exposures, you can still fake it and photo shop using this hdr tony box, which is pretty handy so you can start off with one of these priests is and then you can use thes sliders to find tune it to make it look like you like this is another great technique when you can't seem to fix the color in any other way, that subject matter of the but it was really great. Okay, you can apply a little fake hdr look, teo. So you consent all kinds of things like the edge glow, that's the thing, the glow that you can get around the edges of the image, kind of like the sharpening halo that you get if he over sharpened so you can set that to be higher or lower either one. So you just want to play around with these sliders to get the image to look like you want and then down here at the bottom you can adjust color in saturation vibrance and saturation they're very similar except for they both intensify color tehzeeb vibrance will not affect skin tones so if you've got skin tones in your image you really don't want to be boosting the saturation because you'll get hot pink skin which is slightly unattractive so if we were dealing with the image that had people in it I wouldn't be pumping up the saturation all you could use vibrance instead so that's just a little ditty on creating a fake hcr image and I will tell you that I didn't duplicate the image layer and run the adjustment on the duplicate layer because photo shop would have forced me to flatten the document before I ran the adjustment so there is no way to run this run that adjustment non destructively there's just no way to do it because it's going to flatten your file and I don't even think that she can run that adjustment on the smart object it'll prompt you to rast arise a smart object as soon as you open up that dialogue so you just don't want to save over your her original image nay but if you say this is a psd and your original was ajay pay you've created a copy of it anyway so, let's, take a look at that on another image here. This is a really good one to apply an hdr effect, and it it's popular right now, so it allows the photo to stand out. Grab somebody's eye a little bit unexpected in the colors that you can end up with. So again, we're going to go to the image menu, choose adjustments, hdr toning and then just zip through the presets. I'm gonna go ahead and choose, sure, realistic, high contrast again, or actually, maybe that when I work a little bit better, very howbout, surrealistic, low contrast. So you get all kinds of a fix with this. Another great reason to pop open your favorite beverage on a friday or saturday night. Flip through all these different presets so they could be a lot of fun.

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object