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Old Nov 4, 2010, 3:07 AM   #261
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You might want to try setting the smoothing to 'strong' as well if you're using more extreme settings to counteract the sharpness a bit.
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 3:40 AM   #262
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So let me start by saying that when it comes to editing, I'm kind of a let's see what this does kind of person because I'm rather clueless.

I'm taking a free photoshop class and they showed us the HDR toning that uses a single exposure to get that HDR effect, which made me think of your program. I downloaded it a couple of weeks ago but hadn't played with it much.

Anyway, my sister wanted a halloween-ish desktop background of the Hotel Del here in San Diego (it's suppose to be haunted and she's into that sort of weird stuff...)

So I ran my image through photoshop's HDR toning but then thought I'd compare those results with your program. I thought the results were interesting and decided to share:

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Here is my take on a "spooky" version for my sister in Photoshop's HDR toning adjustment. I just used the Surrealistic preset. I liked the darkened sky and the kind of halo effect around the top of the building. These are of course "overcooked," as I've seen some say, for your everyday photos...but she wanted a specific look.




Then I thought I'd see what it looked like using AutoHDR instead. I really like the darkened sky I got of photoshop, so to get a similar effect in AutoHDR I bumped everything up to 10 which seemed to render the best darkened sky (the part she liked the most).




I tried a few settings and you really have to work hard to lose detail like I did in the Photoshop version. Also, your program seems much less likely to produce that halo-ed edge look in the skylines.

But these are just some casual observations from a newbie.

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Looks good but for a spookier feel, you can darken the sky without lightening the foreground too much by using Highlights(10) but only Shadows(2). I'd also drop the saturation to about 3 for a more washed out/overcast look:

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Interesting. The photoshop version looks similar to what I would get by playing around with the radius setting, using the 'enhance local contrast' section of Image Analyzer.

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Old Nov 9, 2010, 10:17 AM   #265
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i tried to download the program and it wouldnt work for me
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 10:23 AM   #266
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What was the problem? It's a .NET application so you might need to install that first if you haven't got it installed already.
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Martin, that looks really good. Thanks for the tip

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like i click run to start the install then it says the program stoped working
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It's not actually an install - that's the full program, just a single file.

Do you know if you have .NET installed? You can download it here if not: http://www.microsoft.com/net/download.aspx
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ill try it now thanks
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