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Fake HDR PSP


Fake HDR (High Dynamic Range) Using One Photograph
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This tutorial demonstrates how to fake HDR (
High Dynamic Range) using one photograph. To work along, you are welcome to download the photograph I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace.

Note
Images will always react uniquely, therefore, when utilising your own, it’s important to experiment with the settings, and discover a look that suits your photographic needs.

Undo Tip
You can quickly step backwards by tapping Ctrl then Z - (Ctrl then Y steps forward).

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PaintShop Pro Tip
Open PaintShop Pro, and then click the Edit tab found at the top of the workspace.



Then open your choice of Start Image onto PaintShop Pro’s workspace; File then Open - (Ctrl then O).





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Now, Duplicate the Background Layer by right-clicking over it, and selecting Duplicate from the subsequent drop-down list. Repeat this one more time. You should now have three identical Layers in the Layers Palette - as demonstrated below.



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Activate the Middle Layer - and change its Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay - as demonstrated below.



And working on the Middle Layer. From the top menu, choose Effects then choose Photo Effects and then choose Black And White Film. And from the subsequent Black And White Film dialogue box, enter the following default settings, and then click OK.

Greyscale Filter Note
Unfortunately, the Greyscale Filter is not suitable for this tutorial.



Your image won’t change, however, the Middle Layer’s Thumbnail will reflect the Black And White Filter conversion - as demonstrated below.



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Now, still working on the Middle Layer. From the top menu, choose Image and then choose Negative Image. Again, your image won’t change, however, the Middle Layer’s Thumbnail will reflect the Negative Image conversion - as demonstrated below.



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Still working on the Middle Layer. From the top menu, choose Adjust and then choose Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur. And from the subsequent Gaussian Blur dialogue box, enter a Blur Radius of 50, (or experiment), and then click OK. Again, your image won’t change, however, the Middle Layer’s Thumbnail will reflect the Gaussian Blur Filter - as demonstrated below.





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Now, activate the Top Layer.



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And from the top menu, choose Adjust then choose Sharpness and then choose High Pass Sharpen. And from the subsequent High Pass Sharpen dialogue box, enter a the following settings, (Radius 60, Strength 70), and then click OK. Again, your image won’t change, however, the Middle Layer’s Thumbnail will reflect the High Pass Sharpen Filter - as demonstrated below.





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Still working on the Top Layer. Change its Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay.





Tip
Now is a good time to preserve the Layers by saving your image as a
PSP Image File.

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From the top menu, choose Layers then choose Merge and then choose
Merge All (Flatten).



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Finally, from the top men, choose Adjust and then choose Hue And Saturation and then Hue/Saturation/Lightness - Shift + H. And from the subsequent dialogue box, increase the Saturation to around 15, and then click OK.





Soften Tip
If you notice noise (grain) over the sky area, this can be minimised by applying the Soften Brush Tool.

 





Sharpen Tip
If you feel your image will benefit, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice to it.
 Top menu, then Adjust then Sharpness.

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Congratulations,
your HDR Conversion is complete and is ready to save.

Now you are familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating personalised HDR Conversions.

Wendi E M Scarth. 

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