One of the much ballyhooed features of Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the ability to take one image and create an image showing some HDR (High Dynamic Range) attributes. Typically, HDR Toning is a one and done technique. It can only be done on a single layer image and once the effect has been applied it’s over. I’m not going to take create for coming up with this “amazing” workaround for this limitation of HDR Toning. For that I’ll differ to Dave Cross, one of the Photoshop Guys from NAPP. His blog of November 26th brought it to my attention and in it he credits his fellow PS Guy Matt Kloskowski for coming up with the idea. Once I saw it I couldn’t wait to give it a shot. I opened Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and picked a folder almost at random. I was looking for something with both bold shapes and defined areas. I chose today’s image because it’s something that is a fairly drab record shot and thought it could use some HDR Toning. Funny thing is that it was shot as a bracketed group with the idea that it might be a candidate for running through CS5’s HDR Pro. Cross/Kloskowski’s method of making HDR Toning flexible is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” type of techniques. It’s an arrow every pixel pusher should have in his/her quiver. To find out about my take on the subject, hit the “read more”.Read more!
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