Follow the instructions below:
- If you work with the standalone edition:
The dialog box Select Files to Open appears if you click on the button on the Control Panel or using the key combination Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
The program supports images in the JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, WEBP, and RAW formats (CRW, NEF, ORF, PEF etc - see the full list here). You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.
- If you work with the plug-in:
Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open.
Call the AKVIS HDRFactory plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor:
in AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> HDRFactory;
in Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> HDRFactory;
in Corel Paint Shop Pro: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> HDRFactory;
in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS –> HDRFactory.
In plugin as well as in the standalone edition, you can process one single image loaded from the image editor or create an HDR image from the series of shots. To work with HDRI tab in the plugin you should open the full set of photos by clicking on .
The Preview parameter is an auxiliary tool, it does not influence the real size of the image. The original image will stay the same and all details of the original image will be kept. This parameter speeds up the pre-processing stage when one tries different settings to obtain the best result.
When the HQ option is selected, the processing parameters are applied to the image in its original size. The processing time will increase but the preview quality will be as high as possible. If you select the Fast option, the preview size is smaller than the original image by 8 times. The processing time will decrease accordingly, but the result will be approximate. For intermediate values, the preview size is 2 and 4 times smaller than the original image.
Attention! Once you have adjusted the parameters, it is recommended to try the HQ processing to make sure that the best settings are chosen.
Also, here you can continue working with series of shots and apply additional processing to the High Dynamic Range image which you got in 1st tab.
When moving a cursor over a preset in the drop-down list, the quick result appears in the Preset Preview window.
To process the image with a certain preset, select this preset from the list. The image will be automatically processed with the preset's settings.
Next time you launch the program, these settings will be used by default. If you change the parameters you can return to the initial settings of the selected preset by clicking on Reset.
To delete a preset, select it from the list and click on the button Delete.
- If you work with the standalone program:
Click on the button to open the Save As dialog box. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG, WEBP or PNG) and indicate the target folder.
- If you work with the plugin:
Apply the result by pressing . The AKVIS HDRFactory plugin will close and the picture will appear in the photo editor's workspace.
Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.