After that little HDR tour yesterday I was asked how I do create a HDR image with PS.
So, I wrote a short tutorial – here it is:
Create an HDR with Photoshop
- Create a black layer and put the image series onto it (+1 EV, 0 EV, -1 EV)
- You can automate the basic HDR process by pushing the record button (Actions) to create a batch-mode processing for future HDRs
- +1 EV image: contrast +100, select highlights, feather 85px, inverse, layer: reveal selection
- 0 EV image: contrast +100, brightness -50, select midtones, feather 85px, layer: reveal selection
- -1 EV image: contrast +100, brightness -100, select shadows, feather 85px, inverse, layer: reveal selection
- Stop recording
- Insert -1 EV as basis layer and modify it until it fits as a good background/basis (e.g. set it to contrast +100 and brightness -50)
- Deselect the black background layer
- Go back to layer +1 EV and modify brightness and contrast
- Repeat step 9. for 0 EV and -1 EV
- Go back to layer +1 EV and optimize via curves
- Repeat step 11. for 0 EV and -1 EV
- Flatten image
- You’re done.
The more you feather, the smoother the borders will be and this will result in a more natural HDR look.
There are many ways to create an HDR with Photoshop and this is my way.