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Photoshop tutorials, this tutorial will focus on how to create a false hd image.
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Hey guys, Gerry here for Iceberg Creativity coming at you with a Photoshop tutorial. I’m very sorry for the break I’ve taken from tutorials, but I’ve been losing a lot of interesting graphic design lately and it’s because of school and a lot of the homework I’ve been doing. Well, I didn’t get a chance to be creative and that really puts a damper on my tutorial making methods.
So I figured I’d honor another request this week and come at you with a False HDR tutorial within Photoshop. Now, this is the original image we’re going to be using and this is the outcome. Now, it’s not the best way to do this and there are many more ways because—well, of course, it’s Photoshop and there are many ways to do many things with the Photoshop, but I’m going to show you two methods to achieve this effect. Once again, it’s not the exact effect that some people might like to achieve but it gets pretty close and it might get a few people started. Are you ready?
Let’s get started. Begin by opening up Photoshop if you haven’t already done so, and choose an image you’d like to work with. I have an image of a girl in a field that’s already sized down and ready to go.
There are two methods in which you’re going to achieve this, or rather two methods that I personally know, and I’m going to show you now. One involves a filter and another one involves a simple blur trick. We’re going to do the filter method first. Really, they involve filters technically but one method that might not be achieved in earlier versions of Photoshop, and that’s the high pass method.
So duplicate the original here by hitting Command-J or Ctrl-J and rename it to what you want. I’m just going to call it ‘girl’ and then go to filter all the way down to the bottom with other, and choose high pass. When the high pass dialog box appears, choose anywhere from 10 to 15. I like to use 10, and then just click OK.
Now, this is a really ugly-looking image, so we need to change the blending mode so we get that false HDR look. So just simply go to blending mode and take it from normal down to vivid life, and there we go. We could put a bit more of a false HDR style image but the colors are a bit too intense, so you could change this by going down to about 15 opacity or say, for example, you could desaturate the image. There you go! That’s the first method in which to achieve false HDR in Photoshop.
Now, the second method is rather similar but it involves just a few more steps. So I’m going to go to Command-Z to undo my steps. This is a bit different—I think it’s Ctrl-Z as well. It’s pretty much the same keyboard shortcuts, until I have one layer again. And once again, duplicate and rename that one to whatever you want. I’m just going to rename this ‘girl’ again. And then, go to filter and instead of high pass, choose blur, and choose the Gaussian Blur. I always have it set to about 7. This is perfect for this type of image. And then just click OK.
But now, well, it’s blurry so we need to invert the colors and then change once again the blending mode down to vivid light. And here, we get the gray really—this is almost what the preview looked like for the high pass filter. Now, we need to change this so we get the color back and it’s not all ugly and gray. To do this, I duplicate the background layer, rename it to what you want. I’m going to call it ‘color’ because this is the color layer, bring it to the top and then call it—or not call it, change the blending mode to color. So now, the color returns and we get the false HDR look even more than what we did with the high pass effect.
Of course, you can edit these settings around once again by changing the vivid light layer to a blending mode of maybe—say for example 50 to get more of a faded look, but it’s still the HDR look from what was apparent from the original. Well, it’s really blurry for some reason. Oh, I know, that’s the original layer! I’m sorry, I’m a bit tired tonight.
Anyway guys, this is pretty much how this is achieved. Of course, a real HDR image can be taken with a digital SLR camera or a real SLR camera using film, but I currently lack that, so this is just a neat little trick to show you how this is done without a fancy camera. Thanks for watching guys and have a great evening.