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Join Rich Harrington and explore the world of HDR, or high dynamic range, imagery with Photomatix from HDRsoft. Rich covers how to merge multiple exposures to show an extended dynamic range of scenes, as well as preprocess images to reduce ghosting, noise, and chromatic aberration. He also reviews tone mapping and exposure fusions, and solutions to common problems you'll encounter in HDR images, such as color cast. At the end of the course, Rich offers a series of challenges to test your skills.
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Once you think your image is essentially done, or at least as far as you can get it inside of Photomatix, it's time to save the image. Let's take a look at the options you have. Under the File menu, you will find Save As. You're going to want to choose a destination for your image. I'm going to use the same folder as before. You can of course name the image. You'll notice that the default name essentially takes the name of the original source files. And then the numbers and gives you an idea of which images were combined. I sometimes find this helpful if I need to go back and redo an HDR in a future date.
That looks pretty good. Now we just need to choose a format. Now I typically do not save directly to a JPEG or if I am saving to a JPEG I save aversion as a JPEG. Which is an optimized format for transferring over the internet to a client. Remember a JPEG is only eight bits. So it doesn't accurately describe the color the best that it could. You then of course have Tiff eight bit, or Tiff 16 bit. The tag image file format or Tiff is a very versatile, professional format.
That's widely used in the printing industry. It's also fully compatible with Adobe software because Adobe made it and it does all the things that a Photoshop document can. So you can save this as a 16-bit TIFF file and then send the image over to Photoshop for additional enhancements. Even using layers and other effects non-destructively like smart objects. And everything will be stored in the one file. Let's choose that 16 bit TIF, and, in fact, open the saved image. Note, you have the ability to send it to any other imaging tool on your computer that gets recognized in this list.
Typically, it's going to be things like iPhoto, Aperture, Preview, Lightroom, etcetera. But you could manually add an application. So, for example, maybe I want to send this over to. Another imaging application that's not on that list, for example, maybe perfect photo sweep from on one, clicking add it will put that into my pop up list as an available choice, so it makes it very easy to access other imaging tools that are on my computer. Well, I'm most comfortable in Photoshop CC so I'm going to click save to write the tagged image file format.
The image is written to disk and then invoked via an open command in the background to send it to Photoshop. There it is, the image has come up, and we can take advantage of anything else. So, maybe you want to do a little bit of a curves adjustment here, and take advantage of some color correction. Let's enhance the per channel contrast and. Snap those neutral mid-tones. And you'll see that it picked up a little bit of color spill and cleaned that up. Maybe you want to apply a lookup table and invoke a lot like a film stock simulator from Kodak.
And that made it look like an older picture. I like that. I'm going to drop that below the curve there. And what I want to do is just put a little bit of contrast back in the black. So with the on image tool, I'll pull down and then lift here on the highlight just a bit. And I'm satisfied with that. At this point I can close and save the file. It's written to my disk as a TIFF file, and you've got the ability to add compression if you'd like to make the final image a bit smaller. We'll save that with layers in tact. I can see the progress right there.
The image is done. And I could switch back to Photomatics Pro. Now that save process was really easy. But there's one more option you have, and that's the ability to develop with another look without having to start all over again.
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