Using Photoshop CS1 to achieve HDR?

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  1. TobascoJackson

    TobascoJackson TPF Noob!

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    I understand the exposure techniques required to get images for an HDR photo, but everything I've read says that you need a third-party program or Photoshop CS2 (or higher) to process these images and combine them into a single HDR photo.

    I only have CS, and I was wondering if there was a "manual" way to do it?
     
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    It may not be (what has now become known as) HDR...but you can certainly combine multiple images to achieve a higher dynamic range for your image.

    Simply layer your images into a single Photoshop canvas, then use layer masks to hide/show the areas that you want.
    It will be quite helpful if the images are the same (besides exposure), so using a tripod will really help. You can manually align the images but that can be a PITA.
     
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    I had a decent luck using layers, and marking them to be an overlay.. try playing with that.
     
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    So did you take a regular exposure as the bottom layer at "normal" blending mode, then layer the high and low exposures on top of it in "overlay" mode?
     
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    pretty much.
     
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    i can get you photomatix if you want
     
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    How much does it cost new? I'm on a Mac, btw.
     

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