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HDR Fake Action by vacuumslayer HDR Fake Action by vacuumslayer
Updated with written out instructions and an alternate version. enjoy!

I do not pretend this is a foolproof way to make "regular" photos into HDR-style photos, however, on the right photo (a high-quality dramatic landscape or cityscape) it comes pretty darn close. One thing I know is that will make almost any picture *pop.* So try it out and have fun. And if you use it, please let me know so that I can see how it turned out.

As with any Action, this will work differently on every photo. You may get extremely pleasing results at times, other times notsomuch. Feel free to experiment with the action and toggle on and off those steps you think might improve your luck.

This action is intended for people who have a pretty decent knowlege of Photoshop and how it works, probably intermediate/advanced users.

IMPORTANT: This is not simply a saturation effect. At no point in the action is a Saturation filter or layer mask used. This is MUCH more than simply a saturation of colors.

Enjoy and have fun!

The stock photo used in the example is by :icondollieflesh-stock:! It is not my photo!
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countrygirl84 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   Photographer
This action looks awesome, do you know if it will work in elements 9?
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually not sure.
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   General Artist
Could be very useful. Thanks!
tenzen888 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thx, brotha
viographic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Interface Designer
sevymama Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I'll give it a whirl!
Have you ever used a plug in called Topaz (or Topaz Labs, not sure the correct name, just do a google)
It's free for 30 days and it has helped me do some neat things!
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
nancyqvq Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
hugoo13 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
WOW, great actions :)

carried in Cruzine: [link]
sheba95 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Thanks for the action! I do a lot of HDR, and results vary between Photoshop CS5 and Photomatix Pro (some images better in one than the other), so I am excited to try yet another method, especially for single shots that have to be done as pseudo HDR. Thanks again!!
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