Changing Reality: Make a Dramatic HDR Photo With AKVIS HDRFactory

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Tutorial: AKVIS HDRFactory

Changing Reality: Make a Dramatic HDR Photo


This tutorial was done using the AKVIS HDRFactory plug-in in AliveColors.

When creating a HDR-image from a series of photos, we increase the dynamic range to maximize realism and detail. This is done using the HDRI tab. But HDR can also be used to create bright and colorful images that look surreal. This can be done using the settings in the HDRI and Adjustment tabs.

Original Photo Original Photo Original Photo
Original Images

Note: You can download the original photos and try to repeat the example.

  • Step 1. Open one of the photos in AliveColors.
    Original Photo
  • Step 2. Start the AKVIS HDRFactory plug-in by selecting Effects -> AKVIS -> HDRFactory from the main menu.

    Press in the Control Panel, select the desired images and click Open. The files will be automatically processed using the default settings in the HDRI tab.

    Image Processed With Default Settings
  • Step 3. Adjust the settings to your liking. Some "ghosts" will appear in the resulting image. Get rid of them with the Ghost Removal tool. Choose in the Toolbar, and right-click in the image window. Select the source image and paint over the "ghost".
    Parameters Changed
  • Step 4. Switch to the Adjustment and apply the settings to achieve the desired result.
    Applying Adjusted Settings
  • Step 5. Press to accept the result and return to the graphics editor. Since there was a shift when shooting, the image has got a thin band at the edges during the alignment in HDRI tab. Remove this with the Crop tool.

    The result is a very dramatic and expressive picture.

    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
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Creating HDR Images  — Creating HDR Images
   — Ghost Removal in HDR Images  — Ghost Removal in HDR Images
   — Adjustment — Adjustment
   — Local Correction — Local Correction
   — 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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