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Photoshop 7 HDRi Tutorial  V.2 by e-CJ Photoshop 7 HDRi Tutorial  V.2 by e-CJ
A few people have asked how to do this with a single image so here goes:

! Duplicate the background image and set the upper image to multiply to get your darker image. Then do a merged copy. Make that layer 1. You can do this more than once to get a darker image to work with.

2 Go back to the duplicate and set the image to screen. Merge copy and name that one layer 2. You can also do this more than once. As long as your end results looks like and are named the same as in the tutorial (if you are going to use the action).

Delete the first duplicate and proceed with the action.

You can use the download to get the tutorial in html archive format. A zip file with the Photoshop action that accompanies the tutorial can be downloaded here: [link]

I originally created this tutorial in part to help me remember how to do this and in part because I really like using Photoshop 7. Even though there are newer versions of Photoshop and Photomatix to create HDR images, it IS possible to make some nice HDR images using only Photoshop 7. Are there others out there who, for whatever reasons, still use PS7 and would like to do HDRi? If so, please share your experiences by commenting here. I'd really like to know how this works for others.

I have tested this technique to a point where I am satisfied that it will produce images as good or better than the images I could produce with Photomatix. Here are some examples:

Baby You Can Drive My Car [link] (the tutorial example) and the version made with Photomatix [link]
180 Degrees of Seattle [link] which is also shown in a before and after format here: [link]
The Bell Tower [link] and with Photomatix here: [link]
Museo de la Esmeralda [link] and with Photomatix here: [link]

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Now for a little request from you.

After spending a large amount of time putting together this tutorial and the accompanying Photoshop7 actions I realize that it is possible that someone out there might appreciate it enough to want to offer something tangible in return. So in the spirit of tangible recognition I offer up my wish list.

Purchase a gift for yourself or your loved ones here: Shop For A Cure to support finding a cure for Leiomyosarcoma

Make a donation to Leiomyosarcoma direct reaearch foundation on my behalf here [link]

Donate subscriptions so that I might keep this dA account going past its next expiration.

A few people here might know of my mission to find ways to help find a cure for Leiomyosarcoma, but it might bear repeating that all of the proceeds I receive from everything I sell go into a special fund that is periodically emptied to make a donation to a worthy organization that is engaged in Sarcoma research.
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SoiledDude Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial... I made a donation in your name :)
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myckbljdia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
great tutorial.... thnx :worship:
here my work based on your tutorial...[link]
i hope i done it well too..
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e-CJ Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
I have commented on your deviation. Thank you for letting me know about it!
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myckbljdia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
hi, i made a HDRi from you tutorial..please post some comment and suggestions...
thnx :worship:
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thenonhacker Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
This is an excellent method especially when you bracketed images are not available. As long as your photo has no clipped whites/blacks, the method in this tutorial will recover a wide range of tones!
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e-CJ Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Thanks for the comment and the :+fav:

I have actually used it with a single image that did have clipped whites. It worked beautifully on the rest of the image and I was able to "paint" in the sky to complete the image. It still won't recover the blown highlights, but that in itself isn't the end of the world. It can still recover an unbelievable range of detail. That is why I am so excited about this process. [link]
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Thank you for your generosity ! :clap:
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
You're very welcome. I hope you are able to find it useful. :boogie:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
I have yet the photos for trying but it is in my favourites! ;) I know where to find it!
Thank you again ! :w00t!:
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
:boogie:
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Super-Duck Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional Artist
Thanks again for this, this will help me a lot!
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
You're welcome! Note me a link to an image you used it for, if you'd like. I will be featuring some of them in my journal at some point.
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zappel Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Wow, thanks for that e-cj. Really well written!
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
You're welcome! I hope you can find it useful and will keep me posted on what you have done with it and how it works for you. :D
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inObrAS Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Wonderful! :thumbsup:
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
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1001G Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
very informative cj but a bit over my head...........so nice of you to do this for people who can use it
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Yeah, this is really advanced photoshop, Edie. You'd really need to know the basics before trying to tackle this one.
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1001G Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
i would need photoshop first so i will do myself a favor and not buy it
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dbestarchitect Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Very nice, highlighting the features with a program I don't have! :w00t:
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e-CJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Do you have a higher version of Photoshop? The tutorial will work in those versions too, the action will not work, but you can set up your own action that will in any CS version. Try it!
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