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The use of HDR Photography to create realistic or surrealistic images appears to be hitting the mainstream as of late, with many third party applications providing alternatives to using Photoshop. Photoshop CS5 revisits the application of HDR Toning techniques inside of the application by developing two new features: HDR Pro and HDR Toning.

Using Bridge, Mini Bridge, or through the File>Automate menu You can select a series of images and open them in HDR Pro. A series of presets to select from starts your HDR Toning Experience. From there, you have the option to change the look of the image by dragging sliders and using the curve options, as you would with many other HDR applications.

What sets Photoshop CS5 apart in this area is its ability to take elements that move in an image and remove the blur that’s associated with them in an HDR image. This process is known as Deghosting. Deghosting is often the culprit of many a bad HDR image, and to see Adobe shine in this respect really makes a great case for using Photoshop at the core of any HDR workflow.

At the core of doing HDR photography is a need to capture a series of images from which to process, but in many instances, HDR toned images may be done with a single image. To that end, Photoshop has also created an effect under the Image menu called “HDR Toning”. This effect lets you apply many of the styles that you see in the HDR Pro menu, giving you a similar-based tone out of a single exposure. This can be beneficial in instances where a bracketed series was not possible, or in cases such as taking pictures with people involved.

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