Hi Guy, I hope that you had enjoyed my last tutorial on Creating Instagram Gingham effect on Photoshop. This time I am shifting a little bit to write on How to Create HDR Image in Photoshop. Lately I have been receiving a lot of requests to write a tutorial on Creating HRD Effect, and here’s one.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. To achieve HDR effect, we need special kind of photos called as bracketed photos. You shoot same scene 3 or 5 times with exposure difference of 1 or 2. For example, you shoot 3 images of same scene with its exposure value as -1, 0, and +1, or -2, 0, and +2. You can also shoot 5 images with its exposure value as -2, -1, 0, +1, and +2. This feature comes by default in most of the DSLR cameras. But we are humans and we forget to take bracketed images and go to create a HDR and realize how foolish we are. To keep those people is mind, I am going to start with 1 image and make some adjustments such that they’ll look like bracketed images.

Before we go further, I’d like to show you how the final image will look.

FInal - Create HDR Image in Photoshop

Step 1: Change Exposure to Create Bracketed Photos

Open your image.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Exposure. Increase the Exposure by 1 value.

1-1 - Create HDR Image in Photoshop

Now save the image with an easily recognizable name. Photo stands as prefix and +1 stands for +1 value of exposure.

2-1 - Create HDR Image in Photoshop

In same way, create 4 photos with their exposure value as -2, -1, +1 and +2. In the end, you will have total 5 images including the original and 4 images that we just created.

3-1 - Create HDR Image in Photoshop

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