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Another great use for these HDR Toning adjustments is with your Black and White conversions. You can use these adjustments to bring out interesting detail and contrast in your photographs. Again I recommend, that you start off by duplicating your original document. So let's do that here. We'll navigate to the Image pulldown menu, then we'll select Duplicate. Next click OK, and then we'll go to our Image pulldown menu choose Adjustments and then select HDR Toning. Here I'm going to zoom in on the photograph, so I can focus in on what we have here, and this is a picture that I captured in one of my other courses, Narrative Portraiture.
And we were on the Brooklyn Bridge, and I asked this stranger here to step into this photograph, and I just like the juxtaposition of these two New Yorkers, and so I want to bring out a little bit more grit or detail or contrast in this photograph. Well, to do that, we'll use these HDR Toning controls. Here the saturation really is irrelevant so it doesn't matter if we increase or decrease that. But it's a Black and White image, so I'm just going to decrease it to kind of start to think about this in Black and White. Next, I'm going to bring up my Detail slider, and then I need to decrease the radius, the Radius is much too high here.
I'm also going to modify the overall Strength a little bit, and I'm going to overdo these adjustments. As we've seen before because we're going to bring this back to our original document, if you overdo it, it just gives you that flexibility. You can always decrease the opacity, yet if you don't do enough, well then you have to repeat all these steps, duplicate the image and reapply the HDR toning. So my preference is always to do a bit too much here. Next, I'm going to work on my Exposure and then bring out some of the details in the shadows and also dropdown the highlights there a little bit as well.
I'm looking to try to create a file which is a little bit less extreme in regards to its brightness and its shadows, and this one has kind of evened it out. And I know that it looks strange but that's okay I'm going to use this strangeness here, blend it in so that it looks great in that other photograph. I should also point out that this technique works well whether you're working with a portrait or landscape picture or whatever. All right, well let's click and drag this tab out of the dock there, pulldown the Shift key and then click and drag the HDR Tone file into the original document and then let's name this one HDR toning.
Next, I'll press F to go to Full Screen mode just because I like to work in Full Screen, so I can have less of the Photoshop interface and more focus or more area dedicated to the image. And then let's try out a few blending modes. Here if we go to our Blending mode pulldown menu we can try out Overlay. In doing that, you can see how this adds a lot of contrast. If we go to Soft Light, it's going to be a bit more subtle. Click on the Eye icon, and you can see here's the before and then after. Here I'll zoom in on the picture, and I'm going to zoom way in on this photograph so we can see kind of the texture on the jacket, and also on the faces.
Here it is before and then after. And even at this high amount, this type of contrast, it looks really good. I'm just going to back this off a little bit. Even though I was exaggerating it in the HDR toning because I want this image to have just a really nice texture and contrast feel. Again here's that before and then now the after. Other times, what you might want to do with your Black and White conversions is just mask in the detail and contrast into a certain area of your photograph. You could do that as well.
Yet with this picture I think it works well to have this applied everywhere. So I'll go ahead and just step back and look at my before-and-after and on my monitor I'm really liking how that added some really interesting detail and texture and a little bit of punch or snap to this photograph. I think it was a nice addition to this Black and White image.
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