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HDR Special Techniques
This area will be the center to share tips regarding special techniques used in conjunction with HDR and or special effects. More info to come.
Out Of Bounds Effect
Often you might have seen several images illustrated by _Provo_
where as the main subject in the composition is jumping out of the picture frame as show below.See Example1
For more information on using the OOB (Out Of Bounds) effect please download the Photoshop Actions
or Photoshop Elements Action which can be download from as well as a video tutorials on how to use the actions.
OUT OF BOUNDS Photoshop actions | Free Photoshop actions
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Frontal Flat 3D Space Technique-By Jm Provo
*Photo has to be taken with great depth of field
So Duplicate the layer then apply Gaussian blur to it.
Now mask with the original, now every time you brush you have to set your brush opacity strength to various areas. Remember your eyes are more quickly drawn to
vibrant colors and shallow depth of field naturally. So That is why the 1st barrel is 100% followed by the shark @100% then the 1st palm tree and the 2nd one we change
the opacity and follow the above BW reference for an idea.
Seems this technique works best with images taken at angles with multiple objects.
Other examples suitable would be an HDR of a walkway, baseball game,street corner would be the biggest advantage in my opinion, a parking lot where one car is
alone on the first row and then other cars on 2nd and 3rd rows etc.. Anyway you get the idea
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Adjusting the dynamic range, color balance, etc for selected parts of your HDR image
Adjusting the dynamic range, color balance, etc for selected parts of your HDR image.
How many times have you made an HDR and it is mostly okay but parts have an imperfect
tonal range or need a saturation boost? Experienced Photoshop and Photoshop Elements users
will know of several ways of adjusting small errors like these. But here is my simple
technique that I think anyone should be able to achieve. In the steps below, the Quick
Selection Tool is used several times. If you need them, here are 2 tutorials for this tool:
Photoshop Elements Tutorial The Quick Selection Tool Adobe Training Lesson 8.7 - YouTube
Photoshop CS5: Using the Quick Select tool | lynda.com tutorial - YouTube
We will also be using Levels - fully described here: Using the Photoshop Levels Tool
Here is an HDR from a set taken in August that is suitable for this tutorial:
As you can see, the sky is slightly bland, the green fields and trees need brightening
and the immediate foreground could do with a warmer hue. Now it's time to start tweaking!
1. Load the image and create a Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J)
2, Choose the Quick Selection Tool and select the sky. "Marching ants" now surround the sky.
3. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Levels (Enhance -> Adjust Lighting -> Levels in PSE)
Adjust the pointers at both ends of the histogram.
and click OK
4. Deselect the marching ants and create a Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J)
5. Next we will adjust the green fields and trees Choose the Quick Selection Tool and
select the middle part of the image.
6. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Levels (Enhance -> Adjust Lighting -> Levels in PSE) and adjust
7 Deselect the marching ants and create a Duplicate Layer (Ctrl + J)
8. Now for the final adjustment to the foreground cornfield. Grab it with the Quick Selection Tool
9. Go to Adjust -> Hue/Saturation
Push the saturation slider to the right to add warmth to this selection. Click OK.
10 We now have a stack of image layers.
If a mistake had been made at any point in the sequence described above it would have been easy to
back-track and correct. If the final layer is now okay, the stack can be flattened (Layer _> Flatten Image).
11. Finally, resize and sharpen.
QED which, when I was at school, meant quite easily done
The final image now looks like this.
Compare it with the original:
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