Create an Artificial HDR Effect in Photoshop

HDR is cool, but because it requires multiple takes of the same scene that are nearly identical, you might think it’s impossible to achieve when you’re shooting objects that move.

However, with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and this tutorial, you can create a faux HDR effect that adds an oversaturated, illustrative enhancement to underexposed images.

Stream the 10MB QuickTime tutorial in a separate window by clicking the image below.

 

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Posted on: July 16, 2009

Russell Brown

Russell Brown is the Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor. His ability to bring together the world of design and software development is a perfect match for Adobe products. In Russell’s decades of creative experience at Adobe, he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently Flash panel development.

12 Comments on Create an Artificial HDR Effect in Photoshop

  1. Absolutely awesome, Mr. Brown!!! Thank You! :)

  2. I think ‘Russel Brown HDR Effect’ works fine just for parrots :-) Anyway I watched and learned your many tutorials: thank you very much.

  3. Of course it’s always best if you start with a raw image, but you can open a JPEG image in Adobe Camera Raw and get the same effect. Assuming the camera didn’t throw out too much necessary detail when creating the jpg, of course. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Russell Brown has created the BEST TRAINING VIDEO OF THE DECADE! Even if you don’t plan to use his specific effect, seeing the range of possibilities out of RAW is incredibly valuable. Most videos — understandably — are trying to make it look “right.” In that most are alike! But Mr. Brown spreads his wings and soars with his parrot over mountains, Asian gardens and more. Beautiful. More!
    Hawai’i Bill

  5. Thank you so much for this! I have tried several tutorials for making HDR like images and none come close to this one. I saved your video because I never want to lose this!

  6. Actually, this is a pretty common topic on the web. I think a better website overall for stuff like this would be cambridgeincolour.com

  7. Thanks for this very helpful tutorial. The parrot looks absolutely amazing, I didnt know this could be done.

  8. Many interesting things and can do with this program. You just know how to use it. so you must learn in time, unfortunately, with a lot of practice.accesorii auto|auto occasion|rca ieftin

  9. me gusta mucho esta pg

  10. I have to say the information was very good. The delivery is exciting, though just a little over the top. Other than – a great tutorial. Thanks

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  11. I think this effect is becoming a bit overused. How about a good old decent exposure?
    Chris Hall Photography

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