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A tour of HDR Efex Pro

From: Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0

Video: A tour of HDR Efex Pro

HDR Efex Pro consists of several pieces. We start off, of course, by identifying the images that we want to blend together into an HDR image, or identifying the single image that we want to apply tone mapping to, and then we can process those images with HDR Pro, primarily merging our multiple exposures together. But most of the time that you're going to spend working with HDR Efex Pro will be with the tone mapping controls. And so, this interface that you see here is going to be the interface that you spend the most time with as you're working on your photos. Let's take a look at how this overall interface is structured, so that you'll feel more comfortable finding your way around and fine tuning your photos. Over on the left side, we have the preset library, and this is where we have saved presets that allow us to quickly, with one click, apply a particular look to the photo that we're currently working with.

A tour of HDR Efex Pro

HDR Efex Pro consists of several pieces. We start off, of course, by identifying the images that we want to blend together into an HDR image, or identifying the single image that we want to apply tone mapping to, and then we can process those images with HDR Pro, primarily merging our multiple exposures together. But most of the time that you're going to spend working with HDR Efex Pro will be with the tone mapping controls. And so, this interface that you see here is going to be the interface that you spend the most time with as you're working on your photos. Let's take a look at how this overall interface is structured, so that you'll feel more comfortable finding your way around and fine tuning your photos. Over on the left side, we have the preset library, and this is where we have saved presets that allow us to quickly, with one click, apply a particular look to the photo that we're currently working with.

We can scroll through all of the various presets and click on any one we'd like in order to apply that effect to our photo. We have the existing presets, those that are included with HDR Efex Pro. We also have custom presets, and these are options for us to actually save our own presets within HDR Efex Pro. And you can also import saved presets, so for example, you might find presets available online, or a friend or colleague might share their saved presets with you. In addition, we have the history option, and this allows us to review the steps that have been performed on a particular image, and also to go back and forth between various settings.

Across the top, we have some preview options. We can hide the left or right panels. We have some preview options, as far as before and after views. We can adjust the zoom setting. And we can also adjust the brightness of the overall interface. Over on the right side, we have our primary controls for adjusting the appearance of a photo. These are divided into sections. So you see, for example, tone compression, tonality and color among the various options that are available to us, and down at the bottom a loop and histogram display so that we can evaluate our image.

Both looking at the histogram for overall tonal range for example and using the loop view in order to get a closer look at a specific area of the photo. Generally speaking you'll probably work largely from left to right within the interface. You'll select a preset from the library, for example you might adjust your view options and then you'll start to fine tune the various settings before finalizing the effect by clicking the OK button. So you can see, a very straight-forward interface, and one that works logically, generally from left to right, enabling you to exercise great control over the tone mapping that you're applying to your HDR images.

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