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I finally got cs3 and wanted to try out my first HDR.
But when I tried it was nothing like some of the ones Ive seen. Just curious what to do.
I took the 3 pics then clicked the merge to HDR thing. What do I do after that? The result just looked really bland compared to the other HDR's I've seen.

Sorry if this is a repetitive question.
 

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Tonemapping...


Watch the video.
 
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Then you have to go to "image > mode > 8 bit...and play with the graph.
 

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I finally got cs3 and wanted to try out my first HDR.
But when I tried it was nothing like some of the ones Ive seen. Just curious what to do.
I took the 3 pics then clicked the merge to HDR thing. What do I do after that? The result just looked really bland compared to the other HDR's I've seen.

Sorry if this is a repetitive question.

Hi! I've written a tutorial on this topic here:

http://backingwinds.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-create-professional-hdr-images.html

It'll get a lot easier after you do a few. :)
 
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Thanks. :)
Got if figured out.
But one more thing, when I go to upload them into photobucket it wont let me because its a photoshop file. And when I saved them jpeg wasnt an option, how do I save it as a jpeg?
 

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File > Save As > JPEG or PNG > If JPEG use the highest quality (100).

That should work.
 
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Ok cool PNG worked, but I still dont get why it wont give me the option to save it as JPEG.
 

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You probably have it still set at 16bit image. Change it to 8bit and then you can saved as jpeg.
 

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There's no problems with PNG's though, plus if you always resave the file it's always lossless, unlike JPEGs.

I always re-edit photos a bunch of times, that's pretty much the reason I save my file as PNG. Also if you ever need a JPEG, to upload on a site for example, you can always re-save that PNG into a JPEG with no loss of quality. Personal preference I guess.

See this thread for some info about JPEG compression. credit to garbz
 

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