Set Sail: Creating an Pseudo-HDR Image With AKVIS HDRFactory

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Tutorial: AKVIS HDRFactory

Set Sail: Creating an Pseudo-HDR Image


When you create a pseudo-HDR from one photo in AKVIS HDRFactory you can reveal hidden details, make colors more saturated, and add depth. In general, you will have created an image that looks so real, it seems that if you cover your eyes for a moment, you can almost hear the lapping of waves, the wind puffing up the sails, and the ship sailing away!

Original Image Result
Original Image Result

This tutorial uses the plug-in version of AKVIS HDRFactory in Adobe Photoshop.

  • Step 1. Open the image in the graphics editor.
    Graphics Editor Workspace
  • Step 2. Make a copy of the background layer. Call the AKVIS HDRFactory plug-in with the command Filter -> AKVIS -> HDRFactory from the menu. The image will be processed automatically using the default settings (AKVIS Default preset).
    Processed With Default Settings
  • Step 3. You can leave the image as is or adjust the parameters to your liking. We used the parameter settings shown below.
    Changed Parameters
  • Step 4. Press to apply the result. The image will appear in the graphics editor.
    Result After Processing in AKVIS HDRFactory
  • Step 5. After processing the image some minor defects appeared which were not visible previously. Remove them with the graphic editor's correction tools.

    Here is the result:

    Final Result
How It Works How It Works
   — What Does HDRI Mean? — What Does HDRI Mean?
   — Shots With Different Exposures — Shots With Different Exposures
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — How To Use The Program — How To Use The Program
   — Create HDR Images  — Create HDR Images
   — Ghost Removal in HDR Images  — Ghost Removal in HDR Images
   — Adjustment — Adjustment
   — Effects — Effects
   — Crop Tool — Crop Tool
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Highlands Scenery — Highlands Scenery
   — Sunset Beach: HDR Effect — Sunset Beach: HDR Effect
   — Fun Slides in the Countryside — Fun Slides in the Countryside
   — Beautiful Glass — Beautiful Glass
   — Set Sail:  Pseudo-HDR — Set Sail: Pseudo-HDR
   — Changing Reality — Changing Reality
   — Summer Twilight - HDR Landscape — Summer Twilight - HDR Landscape
   — Looking For the Missing Color — Looking For the Missing Color
   — Regatta: Black And White HDR — Regatta: Black And White HDR
   — Egypt 100 Years Ago: Vintage Postcard — Egypt 100 Years Ago: Vintage Postcard


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