Photoshop tutorial: HDR Pro and HDR Toning |

This specific tutorial is just a single movie from the Photoshop CS5 Top 5 course presented by author Deke McClelland. The complete Photoshop CS5 Top 5 course has a total duration of 1 hour and 9 minutes, covers five of the most important new features in Photoshop CS5, and shows how these powerful functions can be integrated into workflow immediately and efficiently. This Photoshop tutorial discusses how to use HDR (High Dynamic Range) Pro and HDR Toning to merge multiple images. Watch more at


50 thoughts on “Photoshop tutorial: HDR Pro and HDR Toning |”

  1. It takes only 2 mins to explain this. But he prefers to waste his and our time with bla blas. I am experienced in watching tutorials and believe me all Deke's and Lynda' s videos takes much from you than they give you.

  2. I get VERY good results by saving out as a 32 bit TIFF then re-opening it in CameraRaw. There is none of that gaudy over-processed classic HDR look, detail in the shadows and in the highlights is fantastic. That is with CS6 and CameraRaw 8.1 though.

  3. Awesome. I have learned so much in this brief demo. I am ready to run out and start shooting, so I can master this wonderful technique that is already built into Photoshop CS5.5

  4. what should i do with a shitty digital camera with 12MP 14X optical zoom(doesn't matter) the image quality is not that great compared to a DSLR.
    and i don't have that money to buy a DSLR,what should i do?

  5. Good tutorial. What people are not taking into account is the tutorial is deigned to show what can be done and for YOU to use your own imagination. Looks like some people are struggling with that and just being rude.

  6. Sorry this photo looks like a cartoon. HDR should not look like this. It should show shadow detail and detail in your highlights. The before looked better on this shot. can do better.

  7. After I hit Cmd+Opt+delete to take the "fakery snapshot" and put it in the "fakery layer" doesn't work for me! Any ideas on what i'm doing wrong? when I do it nothing happens.

    Would really appreciate the help! THANKS!

  8. I agree… As far as I'm concerned, well-executed HDR shouldn't be obvious. Unfortunately, a lot of people use it more as an effect than as a practical tool, and that gets old really quick. HDR can help solve minor dynamic range limitations tastefully. As long as people stick to that understanding, I think it's a great thing. But when it becomes a crutch or a 'extreme' effect (kind of like the overuse of auto-tune in pop music), it starts to become a turn off. It starts to feel like a gimmick.

  9. Great explanation and I like the touch of throwing shortcuts in visually as he goes along. However, HDR is supposed to merge the LIGHT RANGE of different exposures. The grain he got is from oversharpening. It's creating noise and calling it an effect. What's worse than that is the burst of saturation that turns light browns into orange, while leaving the other wood looking normal. This gives the effect of a scatter of tungsten light illuminating random logs. Make "effects" after HDR and blend.

  10. – What I want to know is why am I paying for your service and your giving away lessons? Yes, I know it's not Deke's entire course but it still doesn't make me happy.

  11. @murralsee If you want natural pictures then take a normal photograph. HDR isn't meant for natural pictures. When taking an HDR picture, one should try to make it look as fantastic as possible and see what different effects they can come up with. There are no rules; just try to get a cool looking picture. That's the beauty of HDR.

  12. i'm a photographer too, a french one, and i already knew this style of picture but not how to do it … it was a great pleasure and a great moment for me … Thx a lot

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