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Tonal Mapping And Faux HDR Effects In Photoshop Elements 9 - Tutorial
Adapted from "Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Maximum Performance" by Mark Galer and Dr. Abhijit Chattaraj.
In this tutorial Mark Galer demonstrates how to give your photographs a ‘tonal mapping’ or ‘Faux HDR’ treatment to create a signature style. Mark Galer shows you how to boost detail by pushing some adjustments in Photoshop Elements 9 to the max.
The final effect is one where the image seems to be part photograph/part illustration. This treatment is also available as an automated Photoshop action that can be downloaded from www.markgaler.com.
This technique works best if the very bright areas of the photograph are darkened using and adjustment. Select the Magic Wand tool from the Tools panel. Use the default Tolerance of 32 and remove the check from the Contiguous box in the Options bar. Click on the sky to select it and if there is a portion of the sky that remains unselected, hold down the Shift key and click again to add this area to the selection.
Note > The Magic Wand is superior to the Quick Selection tool in this instance, as it will select all of the tiny islands of sky in the balcony of the palace.
Select the Selection Brush tool in the Tools panel and choose the Mask option in the Options bar. Set the Hardness and Overlay settings to 100% and then paint over any of the areas that do not want to be made darker in the next step.
Click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the base of the Layers panel and choose Levels. Drag the Black Input slider underneath the histogram to the start of the histogram and move the central Gamma slider to the right to darken the sky significantly.
The edge of the mask will need some work. Go to Select > Refine Edge and choose the blue Standard viewing icon. Use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + H (PC) or Command + H (Mac) to hide the selection edges. Soften the edge by raising the Feather slider to 2.0 pixels and raise the Contract/Expand slider to +10 to hide any halo that may be visible along the edge. Select OK.
Stamp the visible elements to a new layer using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E (PC) or Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) and set the mode of this layer to Soft Light. Go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Shadows/Highlights and raise all three sliders to +100 and then select OK.
Double-click on the Merge Visible layer and rename it ‘Shadows/Highlights’. Create another Merge Visible layer and again set the mode to Soft Light. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and raise the Radius slider high until the apparent depth of the image increases (around 60 pixels for this project image).
Next we will create a vignette to darken the outer edges of the image to increase the drama further. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools panel. Enter a 200 pixel Feather in the Options bar and then drag from the upper left hand corner of the image to the lower right-hand corner. From the Select menu choose Inverse so that the outer edges of the image are selected.
From the Edit menu choose Copy Merged (we are copying what we can see rather than what is on the active layer) and then from the Edit menu again choose Paste. Set the mode of this new layer to Multiply and adjust the Opacity of the layer if required. Double-click on the name of this new layer and call it ‘Vignette’.
If you like your treatment crunchy rather than smooth, switch off the visibility of this background copy layer and select the Vignette layer to make this the active layer. Create a Merge Visible layer (see step 6) and then go to Filter > Sharpen > Adjust Sharpness. Raise the Amount slider to 200 and reduce the Radius slider to 0.5 and then select OK.
This whole process is available as a Maximum Performance action that can be download from www.markgaler.com. The action has to be placed in the Actions folder and then it can be accessed from the Action Player in the Guided Edit section of the Edit workspace. A one-click solution for people in a hurry!
This is an Extract from Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Maximum Performance. Learn more tips and tricks from Photoshop expert Mark Galer.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for Windows and Mac is available now at www.adobe.com. Photoshop Elements 10 Windows and Mac is available for a suggested retail price of US$99.99. New upgrade pricing allows past Photoshop Elements users of any version to purchase Photoshop Elements 10 for US$79.99.
Powered by the same engine as Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital imaging, Photoshop Elements 10 utilizes intelligent technology that makes it easy to give everyday photos a boost. Photoshop technology is brought to life through easy to follow steps for achieving stunning photo effects in an approachable way with new Guided Edits, which are very popular and successful.
These include innovations such as creating a shallow depth of field or designing a fun layout of snapshots with Picture Stack, or even adding a dream-like diffused glow with the Orton effect.
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Visit our Photoshop Elements 10 Resource Center. You can also signup to download a free 30-day trial of Elements 10. Also see our Photoshop Elements 10 Tutorials page, featuring a special Tilt Shift Tutorial from Photoshop expert Mark Galer.
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Mark Galer is a Senior Lecturer in photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. He has written numerous top-selling books, including Elements 8.0 Maximum Performance, and is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
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Did You Know You Could Create An Entire Website In Photoshop?
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