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Once you've developed a look with Photomatix, you might want to try something else. Maybe it's because you're feeling experimental. Or, sometimes I find with HDR, I push it really far, maybe a little bit too far. And then I decide to go back and back it off a bit. Or, maybe it's the opposite problem. You're really conservative, but you know your client might like a little more saturated look, or something with higher contrast. Well the good news is, is you don't have to start all over again. Photomatix makes this quite simple. Let's go ahead and fit this to the default size, and you'll notice 2 important options.
One option is the ability to do a double tone map. So, clicking this, is going to send the image back in, in its current state, and let you apply a tone map a second time. Now, that's fine. I'm just going to close that for a second. And, instead of double-processing the image, I just want to redo it with additional settings. So clicking redo sends it back exactly where you last were. And you can now go through and try out some different presets if you want.
Let me just re-size this interface window here, and fit that, and I'll switch to the built-in presets. And maybe I want to go with something a bit more balanced and subtle. I do want the blacks to pop up a bit, and let's just underexpose that a bit more with the mid-tones slider, there. And a little more saturation. Well, that's a subtle look. It's very natural-looking, and I just used the contrast optimizer. You could see there that that's the original image, and there's the merged one, and that looks pretty good.
Clicking apply will apply the image and send it on out, making the tone map. Remember, as you've already learned, you can take advantage of things like the finishing touches, as you see fit to refine that image. But, if you want to try something else, it's very easy. You could double tone map with a second setting, or go on and try something else with Redo with other settings, and you're right back in to the editing interface.
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