In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a quick HDR effect from just one photo. The HDR effect is very effective when taking photos and even when creating photo manipulations.
HDR means High Dynamic Range, which is achieved by capturing several standard photos, often using exposure bracketing, and then combining them into an HDR image. In photography, the dynamic range is measured in the EV exposure difference (the so-called stops) between the lightest and darkest parts of the image, which show details.
An increase of EV or one foot doubles the amount of light. Some cameras have built-in modes that create an automatic HDR effect. However, enough theory begin to practice.
First, duplicate the original stock image, then go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass), choose a value between 3.8 and 4.2.
Now, change the blending mode to Bright light (Vivid Light) and Run down (Flatten Image). Duplicate the image again and apply the filter again. Colour contrast (High Pass), but this time apply a value between 6.8 and 7.2. Next, change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Chromaticity (Color), reduce the layer opacity to 39-43%, and then again Run down (Flatten Image).
Duplicate the layer, then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set the blur radius to about 9.4-9.6 pixels. Further. we’ll add some noise, let’s go Filter – Noise –Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set a value of about 3-5%. Add a layer mask, let’s go Layer – Layer Mask – Hide All (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All).
Set the foreground color to white and the background color to black. Using a soft brush with an opacity of 30%, start painting the entire image except for the car image, then, again Run down (Flatten Image).
Let’s go Filter – Sharpness – Contour sharpness(Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). Apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below. Of course, you can use another value for Radius (Radius), everything will depend on how much detail you want to get in the image.
Next, we apply the correction Curves (curves) to add detail and highlights to our image. Let’s go Picture – Correction – Curves(Image> Adjustments> Curves). You can play with the values of the curve, selecting the desired curve that best suits your image. Just experiment at your pleasure.