Fascinated about high-dynamic images? You can do that too with HDR effects using Photoshop.

What is the HDR effect? 

High Dynamic Range or HDR is a photo-editing technique that involves 2 or more images merged to bring vibrancy to a photo with very vivid colors.

How to make HDR effects in Photoshop?

Creating HDR effects on photos may sound easy to do, but it is not. The truth is, there are a lot of steps to follow. Nonetheless, if you can work on a few of them, you’ll get to familiarize how it is done, making it a lot easier for the next Photoshop project with HDR effects.

Both Photoshop online and PC-installed Photoshop software have a similar process when creating HDR effects. If you are new to photo-editing using Photoshop, here are easy steps in creating HDR effects using Photoshop.

Step #1: Upload the image you want to edit to Photoshop.

Step #2: Create a duplicate layer of the image. To do this, click the ‘Layer’ option found in the Photoshop taskbar. Select the ‘Duplicate Layer’.

Step #3: Convert the duplicate layer image into a smart object by clicking ‘Convert to Smart Object’. Converting the image to ‘Smart Object’ will allow fine-tuning of the image.

Step #4: Go to ‘Image’ on the taskbar. And then, click the ‘Adjustments’. Finally, choose ‘Shadow/Highlights’ to adjust the settings to brighten up the shadows in the photo. Here is the Standard Setting for Shadows, but you can tweak it, according to your preference:

  • Amount (Shadows) is at 60 percent.
  • Tonal Width is at 55 percent.
  • Radius is at 100 px.

Step #5: Unsharp the mask by clicking the ‘Filter’ option in the Photoshop taskbar. And then choose ‘Sharpen’ and select ‘Unsharp Mask’. To set it up, you may follow the settings:

  • Amount (Unsharp Mask) is at 85 percent.
  • Radius is at 5.0.
  • The threshold is at 0.

This photo-editing step will help a portion of the subject image to stand out nicely. And if it is a picture of you, it’ll nicely stand out your eyes

Step #6: Add depth to your photo. First, click the ‘Image’ option in the taskbar. And then, select the Brightness/Contrast option. You may leave the Brightness as it is but set the Contrast at 40.

Step #7: Have the Merged layer ‘Active’ and set it to ‘Overlay’ to blend the original photo with the edited one. And then, make some adjustments if needed.

And the newly edited photo is set to go.

Final Thoughts

The steps provided are one of the easiest steps out there in making HDR effects by using Photoshop. You may use the settings provided or you may edit the settings according to your preferences. However, it is recommended that you try out other techniques in making HDR effects to get the result that you find more appealing and perfect.

Also, try working on various photos to expand your photoshopping skills in terms of creating HDR effects. See tutorials for a better understanding of making HDR effects. Lastly, if you are using an online Photoshop tool, make sure to use one from a well-versed website with several Photoshop features to offer.