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In this workshop Tim Grey teaches how to use Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2.0 to create great high-dynamic-range (HDR) images. After showing you the basics of HDR Efex Pro—including configuring the interface and settings, using presets, and evaluating your image—Tim introduces the various adjustment options. Learn how to make overall tonal and color adjustments, use control points to apply selective adjustments, and reset adjustments or go back in the history. Plus, get tips on applying finishing touches to your images and saving the final processed image.
HDR Efex Pro requires a host application, either Photoshop, Lightroom, or Apple Aperture, in order to process your images. If you're using Photoshop as your primary tool for optimizing your photos, then I highly suggest that you use Adobe Bridge to start off the process of assembling HDR images with HDR Efex Pro. And the process is rather simple. Within Adobe Bridge, you simply navigate to the location where the individual frames for your HDR composition are located, and then select the images that you want to assemble. So, here I have some images from the Abbey at Melk in Austria. I'll click on the first image in the series and then hold the shift key and click on the last image in the series.
And that will select all of the frames in my series of HDR captures. In this case, three individual exposures, separated by one stop each. With those images selected I can then go to the tools menu, and choose Nik Software, followed by Merge to HDR Efex Pro. When you choose that option, the images will be opened in HDR Efex Pro, you'll see that each image is listed on the list of source files. You could also open additional images, if, for example, you had neglected to open all of the frames in your HDR. And then you can specify whether you want the images to be opened as a smart object.
With this option turned on, you'll be able to go back to HDR Efex Pro directly from Photoshop for the assembled image so that you can fine tune the settings used to interpret that HDR image. With the source files identified, and the Create Smart Object check box turned on, you can then click the merge dialog button in order to have these individual images processed and assembled into a single HDR capture where you'll then will be able to apply some of the finer adjustments for the images.
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