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Old Jan 21, 2009, 7:51 AM   #1
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Hi,

can anaybody tell me if it's possible to create HDR images with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI or point me to a tutorial?

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Old Jan 24, 2009, 7:41 PM   #2
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I came across this post on a Flickr discussion group:

There is no explicit HDR effect in PSP XI, but you can do your HDR manually. Merging differently exposed shots into one is rather easy. However, achieving tone mapping effects as seen in Photomatrix Pro requires a lot of fiddeling, playing around, and of course, a bit experience.

When the poster talks about doing HDR manually, what he is more properly referring to is exposure blending. I've done both manual blending (in Photoshop) and "real" 32 bit, tone mapped HDR with Photomatix Pro.

Exposure blending generally gives a more realistic look than some of the almost cartoonish results that people get by being overly aggressive with the tone mapping sliders in programs like Photomatix.

Here's a fairly good tutorial on exposure blending that should work with PSP:

http://photodoto.com/exposure-blending-tutorial/

If this one leaves you confused, just google on terms like "manual exposure blending tutorial" and variations and you might find one that fills in the gaps.

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Old Mar 21, 2009, 9:35 AM   #3
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There is a neat little plug in from Mediachance called ReDynamix that works in PSP XI. It creates pseudoHDR images from a single image, but would really be effective I guess if you blend different exposures manually first.
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