How would I "photoshop" different exposures together?

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  1. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    As a long-time user of Photoshop (admittedly mine's an antidiluvian version, it's PS 6.0!), I ought to know how to combine two different exposures in Photoshop, but true fact is: I don't.

    When they are all files of their own, exp. 1 file #xyz and exp. 2 file #abc and exp. 3 file #123 ... then how do I blend them, put them together, merge them, whatever? They only open one AFTER the other, don't they, not one NEXT to the other?

    Who can help in terms that would do a Children's Museum proud, please (everything more elaborate might be beyond me)!?!?!?
     
  2. shmne

    shmne No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm a bit confused with the problem you are having. However I understand the initial question of how to merge multiple files of different exposures together.

    The simple answer is you must use a program to do it for you, from what I hear most people go with photomatix. You can do this by hand, I just don't suggest it as it would take a couple of days hand painting all that detail in through masks >_<

    The problem comes in with your version, most software plugins that take care of this may not go beyond the cs1 era.

    And also, the question you are really asking is "How do I make an HDR image."
     
  3. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    OK, so the answer has been, still is, and will remain for me: Photomatix. Right-o. Had that programme do the merging for me and it looks ok, but for the three "PHOTOMATIX"-watermarks... sigh. All this tedious cloning...
     
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    shmne No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :) It'd be worth dishing out the extra cash to buy it, especially if you are making money through photography. Just make sure to tack the charge on the next few clients.

    Again it is plausible to do by hand... just not very practical :|
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Before HDR became all the rage, some of us would combine exposures in a more simple, yet tedious ways.

    Simply layer the images over one another (in one image file). (Just copy & paste or drag & drop them). Each image will be a separate layer.

    Then you just have to use layer masking to hide the parts you want, allowing the layers below to show through.
     
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