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Toning HDR photographs

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Toning HDR photographs

Here we're going to take a look at how we can use a new feature inside of Photoshop, which is called HDR Toning. And what HDR Toning allows us to do is to process a single image with kind of a faux-HDR type of a look. Now we can use this particular tool in order to create adjustments that are really subtle or that are really quite dramatic. Now I know that a lot of people have opinions about HTR, as I do myself, so one of the things I keep in mind is what you want to do is deconstruct how this tool works first and then say, 'OK well how can I then integrate this into my own workflow?' One of the things that happens when you use HDR Toning is it asks you to flatten your image.

Toning HDR photographs

Here we're going to take a look at how we can use a new feature inside of Photoshop, which is called HDR Toning. And what HDR Toning allows us to do is to process a single image with kind of a faux-HDR type of a look. Now we can use this particular tool in order to create adjustments that are really subtle or that are really quite dramatic. Now I know that a lot of people have opinions about HTR, as I do myself, so one of the things I keep in mind is what you want to do is deconstruct how this tool works first and then say, 'OK well how can I then integrate this into my own workflow?' One of the things that happens when you use HDR Toning is it asks you to flatten your image.

So, if the image isn't flat, it will flatten that for you. Because of that, I don't really like that because I don't have the flexibility I need to perhaps blend that layer or lower the layer Opacity. Therefore, what I typically do, or what I recommend as well, is to navigate to the Image pulldown menu and here you choose Duplicate. What this will do is it will give you a duplicate version of your image, onto which you can apply the HDR Toning. Then, eventually we can drag that into our original file. All right! Let's go ahead and open up HDR Toning.

We can do so by navigating to Image > Adjustments, and then here we're going to select HDR Toning. This will then open up this dialog. As you look at this dialog, you'll notice it's divided up into a couple of different areas. We have Presets working on our edges, Tone and Detail, Color. And we can also do some adjustments based on our histogram and a curve line. Where to start? One of the first places you might want to start is with Presets. There actually are some pretty fascinating Presets here. For example, let's go ahead and try Monochromatic high contrast, in other words a super high contrast black and white image.

Now when I select that I'll be able to see what this image looks like in this context. Now it is a touch overdone. Yet, nonetheless, it could give me an interesting way to perhaps potentially process this image. Now of course, what I can always do is simply drag these sliders in order to modify how I want this to actually look, and I can dial this in in a way that might work for my particular photograph. Let's take a look at a couple of other Presets here just to give you some variety. Another option would be to choose something like Photorealistic high contrast.

Now in this case, what we are going to see is something that has this real kind of HDR type of look, but it's not quite overdone. Let me show you the before and after. Here is before, and then here is after. So, while that's extreme, it's not completely over the top. The other Preset that I want to highlight is Surrealistic, in this case, again, high contrast. Now in this case, what we are going to see is just something that is really just pushed super hard and super far. But keep in mind that even with these presets what we could do is use them and then we could drag this back on our original image and then lower the Opacity or just use specific aspects of this.

Also keep in mind that typically Presets are just a starting point. All right. Well, let's go back to the Default setting here. Now in this Default setting, how then can we begin to work with this? Well, with this image, one of the things that I don't like is the color saturation. I am going to zoom in a bit on it by pressing Command+Plus. So, I am going to go ahead and Desaturate this image. I'll increase my Details. I am going to go ahead and just modify my sliders here a little bit in order to create a little bit of a brighter kind of snappy look here, modifying everything from Exposure to my Shadow, and also the strength of this overall Highlight here.

Well now, at this juncture, I have this pretty punchy look that I have dialed in simply by moving these sliders. The last thing I want to highlight is we can, of course, modify this Curves layer here. I am going to go ahead and darken things up just a bit, bring down my Highlights there as well, in order to just bring those down a touch. All right. Well, now that I made these adjustments, all that I need to do is to simply click OK in order to apply this. Well, because I've done this to a copy version of my image, what I can then do is select the Move tool, hold down the Shift key and drag and drop this onto my image.

Next, I am going to press F to go to fullscreen. Then I am going to zoom in on the image so we can kind of analyze what we have here. All right. Well, now that we are zoomed in, at a pretty good rate, probably right about here, we can turn this layer on and off. So, if we turn it, off we can see the original image, and then I can turn this on to see what actually happened. Well, now at this juncture, this is really where a lot of the Photoshop creativity can begin. I can do some advance Blending here, or Masking, or using Blending modes. I can also simply lower my Opacity.

If this effect I find a bit too strong, I can simply lower this down, let's say something down to about 50 or 40%. Well now, here are before and after. It's just a subtle snap of this type of HDR Toning. So, again, I think the thing to keep in mind is that you can use HDR Toning in a whole wide range of circumstances. The thing that you need to do is to begin to experiment with this tool, and kind of push the envelope a little bit and then eventually scale back and figure out, okay how can I integrate this into my own photography, in a way that the HDR doesn't overpower the image, but rather complements and bring some of the things that are already there kind of out of the photographs in order to create perhaps more compelling and interesting and engaging images?

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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