Photoshop Tutorial: Pseudo HDR



In this tutorial I will show to how to transform any JPG photo in a HDR type of photo.


End result:
Pseudo HDR Final Image

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avatar Mario

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Practice tutorial

Tags:hdr

Step 1

Let's start!
Open your image in Photoshop. I find mine at former photoshoptalent.com/two giraffe contest


Step 2

Duplicate your original layer and convert it to "Smart object" by clicking right button of your mouse and choose "convert to Smart object" like in below picture


Step 3

On your duplicate layer converted go to Image->Adjustments ->Shadow/Highlights and set Shadow between 15-25 and Highlights 50-60. IMPORTANT !!! don't hit OK button


Step 4

On this pop-up menu mark "show more option".Now it's up to you to find a good contras by playing with "Tonal Width" and "Radius" (green mark) or "Color correction" (blue mark).Don't forget each picture is different and you will not have same settings twice.Now you can hit OK :)


Step 5

Above your second layer create a Curve Adjustment layer by going to half black half white circle hold down Alt key and choose Curve


Step 6

Now drag black and white slice like in my pic or set "output" to 255 and "input" around 200


Step 7

Return to second layer and go to Filter->Other->High Pass. In pop-up menu set High pass value between 1 and 2 , from my personal experience a value of 3-4 or above will not help.


Step 8

You will see at this point under converted layer 3 more "mini layers" :) . put your mouse on "High Pass" right click and when the pup -up menu appears choose "Edit smart filter blending option" (it is first in the menu) . A bigger pop-up will appear called "Blending option (High Pass)".Set Mode to Overlay hit OK and you are done! :)


Step 9

I hope this tutorial will help you in your future work.
All the best!



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15 Comments:

avatar devangel
devangel says:

nice

(5 years and 134 days ago)
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unkskitty says:

Very good effect and much easier than other masking techniques I've seen. I'll use this a lot! Thanks!

(5 years and 129 days ago)
avatar kremerb
kremerb says:

Thanks, this can be very helpfull.

(5 years and 125 days ago)
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very useful. thanks

(5 years and 125 days ago)
avatar wazowski
wazowski says:

In older PS versions your step 7&8 might not work, because in these versions you can not convert a (group of) layers as smart object yet (I forgot when they started with smart object though...). In that case with step 7 you have to duplicate your layer 0 copy first, then high pass and then blending option overlay

(5 years and 124 days ago)
avatar Eladine
Eladine says:

You might want to explain what an HDR image is... cause I myself have no clue what that means... I would have to google it to find out.

(5 years and 112 days ago)
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Guest says:

That is a fantastic technique, thank you very much, you've achieved a wonderful result with your image, I'm very keen to go and try it on one of my own

(5 years and 92 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for the simple to follow steps! NICE TUT!

(5 years and 53 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hi, I love the outcome, well done!!

(5 years and 28 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wonderful tutorial for a noob.
I absolutely do not like the HDR effect. Not playing around with curves, does exactly what i want!
Thanks a million, never knew how to use layering before.

(5 years and 19 days ago)
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Moon36 says:

ThnX for the Idea
But its not true ... for the HDR
Its for Only HD
be warnning!
thnx

(4 years and 342 days ago)
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Guest says:

That's why it's called Pseudo HDR, people.
It's not true HDR, just "fake HDR".

Seriously, people are idiots

(4 years and 272 days ago)
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Guest says:

And this is well done, by the way. Thanks.

(4 years and 272 days ago)
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Guest says:

Cool...... very effective steps... thks for sharing...

(4 years and 141 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks. very much useful when it comes to single file image.

(3 years and 356 days ago)


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