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How to Create a Manual HDR

Learn Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop Compositing Essential Tools and Techniques

Learning how to combine or composite multiple photos together will open a new world of possibilities for any photographer. Whether you are new to compositing or an experienced editor, this tutorial will change the way you create composite images.
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Working Manually

HDR photos are made using more than one photo merged together for an effect. They typically look very saturated and processed, or a little flat. Today’s episode is all about creating an image that still looks natural, with details in the Highlights and Shadow areas. This gives you a lot of control over how much of an effect you want.

This image was composed of 3 photos, one overexposed, one under, and one properly exposed. The overexposed photo gives us information to use in the Shadow areas while the underexposed does the same for the Highlights. Make sure you don’t move the camera when shooting for an HDR image, use a tripod!

There is a specific order that works best when doing this technique in Photoshop; use the  underexposed photo as the base layer, then the overexposed, and then the correct Exposure.

Framed Network

Framed  is a network of shows helping photographers improve, and just like Phlearn its FREE to sign up.  Aaron will be featured in tomorrow’s episode! See everything from lighting to post-processing. Don’t miss it!

Skills You Will Learn

  • Brush Tool
  • Compositing
  • Pen Tool
  • Retouching
  • Special FX
  • Tone

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