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Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

Video: Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter

The world of HDR and HDR Toning is all about illumination. It's about working with your files in creative ways to come up with ways to brighten, and add contrast, and color with unique and distinct looks. Well, here with this photograph, we're going to do something in this vein, yet, we're going to do something completely different. What we're going to do here is we're going to work with a filter which is called High Pass, and also some Blending modes in order to come up with a creative way to create a unique and distinct look. So you can think of this movie as a bit of a bonus movie.

Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter

The world of HDR and HDR Toning is all about illumination. It's about working with your files in creative ways to come up with ways to brighten, and add contrast, and color with unique and distinct looks. Well, here with this photograph, we're going to do something in this vein, yet, we're going to do something completely different. What we're going to do here is we're going to work with a filter which is called High Pass, and also some Blending modes in order to come up with a creative way to create a unique and distinct look. So you can think of this movie as a bit of a bonus movie.

You can think of it as continuing on with what we know about High Pass in a completely different way. Well for starters, we need to copy this background layer. To do that, let's press Cmd+J or Ctrl+J. Next, let's name this new layer HP for High Pass. From here, we'll go ahead and navigate to our Filter pull-down menu and then select Other, and then High Pass. Now, with this High Pass filter, what we want to do is bring our Radius all the way down and then incrementally increase that Radius until we see things start to glow.

So we're thinking about illumination here. You'll notice as I hit this point right about here we can really see that glow start to take place. As we increase this more and more, we're going to see more, and more of a glow. Now, we don't want to go too far, but we want to find that point where we're just starting to see some nice glow. All right! Next step, click OK to apply that. Well, here we can see that we have this effect. You can also see we have some color, yet it doesn't look very interesting. Well, what we're going to do is apply a Blending mode to this and it's going to actually look worse, but stick with me. All right! Well, go ahead and choose the Luminosity Blending mode here.

Now, we can see we have this kind of muted glowy type of aesthetic. With this Luminosity Blending mode turned on, I now want to merge everything to the top. To merge these two layers to the top, we can use a shortcut; on a Mac, that shortcut is Shift+Option+ Cmd+E, on Windows, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E. Let's name this Merged. All right! Well, we can turn off the visibility of our High Pass layer, and now we've merged these two layers to the top. Well, what we're going to do next is we're actually going to go down to choose one of our Blending modes, in particular, Soft Light.

So now when we choose this Soft Light Blending mode, what we're going to get is this really interesting aesthetic. Take a look. Here we have that before, and now the after. So not only do we have interesting color saturation, but we have a little bit of a glow. Again before and then after. Now, if you want more of that glow effect, you can just simply increase that High Pass Radius to give even higher results or you can also duplicate this layer. If we duplicate this layer and then lower the Opacity, let's lower it perhaps down to something like 30 or 40, we can see that we now have an increased effect, our before and then after, increase Color Saturation, also increased a little bit of the glow and if we zoom out perhaps a bit more, we can see that even more clearly.

Here's the before and then the after. In this case it has a little bit of that HDR toned aesthetic except we accomplished this in a completely different way. Just as a refresher, what we did was, we first duplicated our background layer, we then applied a High Pass Filter to this layer and we started off on our normal Blending mode. Next, we took that Blending mode to Luminosity. Once we're on Luminosity, we then merged to top using a shortcut: Shift+Option+Cmd+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows.

Then with that merged layer, we changed our Blending mode to Soft Light and then from there, we looked at how we could duplicate the layer to increase the effect and we experimented a little bit, and of course there are other ways to experiment as well. You could always go ahead and try your Overlay Blending mode if you wanted an even more punchy, a more illuminated type of aesthetic. Take a look at the difference. There's Overlay, and then there is Soft Light. All right! Well, as you can see we can use this particular technique to come up with some interesting and creative results.

Once again, let's take a look at this. Here is the before, and then after.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 25m 0s
    1. Removing an object from its background
      2m 56s
    2. Creating and modifying a shadow
      3m 13s
    3. Modifying a directional shadow
      5m 30s
    4. Removing a model from a white background
      2m 46s
    5. Building a false context
      2m 7s
    6. Adding and modifying shadows
      8m 28s
  3. 22m 42s
    1. Adding illumination to create a glow from within
      4m 10s
    2. Adding light with curves and masking
      3m 43s
    3. Adding light for emphasis
      3m 42s
    4. Improving black-and-white images with curves and masking
      3m 26s
    5. Using Shadow/Highlights to improve exposure
      3m 42s
    6. Correcting an overly backlit photograph
      3m 59s
  4. 28m 12s
    1. Improving sunset colors with color balance
      3m 20s
    2. Using color balance and masking to enhance color
      2m 36s
    3. Creating new and vivid colors
      2m 15s
    4. Using curves, color balance, and blending for best results
      3m 21s
    5. Enhancing colors
      3m 32s
    6. Saturating and desaturating colors for emphasis
      1m 56s
    7. Adding color without increasing contrast
      3m 0s
    8. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      8m 12s
  5. 38m 41s
    1. Creating stunning color with Hue/Saturation and color balance
      6m 16s
    2. Creating an edgy muted and contrast look
      3m 40s
    3. Reducing color for impact
      5m 41s
    4. Enhancing color and creating color variations
      7m 29s
    5. Using Apply Image to create interesting results
      3m 29s
    6. Combining HDR toning with color effects
      5m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with Selective Color
      6m 14s
  6. 34m 23s
    1. Introducing the HDR Toning feature
      4m 44s
    2. Using layer masks and blending with HDR toning
      6m 3s
    3. HDR toning creative effect
      7m 14s
    4. Enhancing a photograph with HDR for black-and-white conversion
      6m 16s
    5. Creating a high key color effect
      5m 52s
    6. Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter
      4m 14s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Basic infrared conversion
      5m 50s
    2. Working with infrared presets
      5m 30s
    3. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      7m 41s
    4. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      7m 32s
  8. 16m 17s
    1. Using adjustment layers to create solarization
      2m 56s
    2. Adding creative color and a blur effect
      5m 20s
    3. Experimenting with gradient color and solarization
      2m 44s
    4. Creating a golden solarized effect
      5m 17s
  9. 18m 41s
    1. Creating soft focus with filters and blending
      2m 20s
    2. Using Smart Filters to create soft focus
      2m 15s
    3. Using soft focus without sacrificing color and contrast
      3m 58s
    4. Applying soft focus to skin
      5m 42s
    5. Creating a desaturated soft focus effect
      4m 26s
  10. 17m 52s
    1. Adding grain with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 24s
    2. Adding grain with the Noise filter
      5m 24s
    3. Adding grain with the Film Grain filter
      6m 4s
  11. 37m 24s
    1. Modifying tone and converting to black and white
      4m 38s
    2. Adding texture with a grocery bag
      9m 38s
    3. Making an image sepia toned
      3m 13s
    4. Adding texture in three different ways
      5m 48s
    5. Adding a subtle vintage color effect
      4m 10s
    6. Creating a vintage color effect
      4m 43s
    7. Creative texture blending
      5m 14s
  12. 23m 37s
    1. Deconstructing the lens blur effect
      6m 23s
    2. The lens blur effect in action
      4m 13s
    3. Applying lens blur with a mask
      4m 49s
    4. Using lens blur in portraits
      3m 25s
    5. Desert fashion project
      4m 47s
  13. 23m 0s
    1. Applying motion blur
      4m 39s
    2. Creating radial zoom blur
      4m 27s
    3. Working with motion blur and masking
      6m 14s
    4. Getting creative with the Radial, Motion, and Lens Flare filters
      3m 21s
    5. Adding color and emphasis
      4m 19s
  14. 18m 15s
    1. Adding graffiti on a single plane
      4m 17s
    2. Adding reflections on multiple planes
      3m 0s
    3. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 1
      4m 46s
    4. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 2
      6m 12s
  15. 17m 40s
    1. Cropping with Abode Camera Raw
      4m 32s
    2. Enhancing the sunrise colors
      5m 18s
    3. Modifying the color and tone of the mountains
      7m 50s
  16. 33m 18s
    1. Hand-painting a border or an edge
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 28s
    3. Working with a real film edge
      7m 57s
    4. Introducing the PhotoFrame plug-in
      5m 21s
    5. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 1
      4m 11s
    6. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 2
      5m 42s
  17. 41m 48s
    1. Changing color with onOne PhotoTools
      5m 43s
    2. Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point
      3m 56s
    3. Hand painting focus with onOne FocalPoint
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Nik Color Efex Pro
      9m 27s
    5. Actualizing your vision with Nik Color Efex Pro
      8m 39s
    6. Converting to black and white with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 33s
    7. More black and white options with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 21s
  18. 12m 39s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 33s
    2. Custom brush creativity
      8m 6s
  19. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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