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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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:iconara97:
Ara97 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I download your action, thanks ;)
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:iconcountrygirl84:
countrygirl84 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   Photographer
This action looks awesome, do you know if it will work in elements 9?
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually not sure.
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:iconkhima-inez:
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   General Artist
Could be very useful. Thanks!
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:icontenzen888:
tenzen888 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thx, brotha
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:iconviographic:
viographic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Interface Designer
nice!!!
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:iconsevymama:
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!
[link]
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!
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:iconnancyqvq:
nancyqvq Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
美しい!
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:iconhugoo13:
hugoo13 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
WOW, great actions :)

carried in Cruzine: [link]
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:iconsheba95:
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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:iconhankandrej:
hankandrej Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
very cool been looking for a good action for this for a while!
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:iconbeedon:
beedon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
it really nice,thank you!!
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A pleasure. :)
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:iconjim88bro:
jim88bro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing I did was blended the result unaltered with the original photo and I thought the result was incredible.
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great idea! I'm glad it worked for ya!
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:iconjim88bro:
jim88bro Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. Really great effect.
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy!
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:iconvk-queen:
Vk-Queen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hi i used your action here:
[link] [link]
thanks! let me know what you think :aww:
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:iconraclos:
raclos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
merçi
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:iconprinceeros:
PrinceEros Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
great job! I really love all your actions Thanks for sharing with us!
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:icontricubix:
tricubix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
nice and thanks
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:iconsk8rccd:
sk8rccd Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet! i have some stock i want to try this out on, i'll send you a link when it's done
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I look forward to seeing!
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:iconsk8rccd:
sk8rccd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
here it is ^^ thanks, it looks awesome! [link]
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:iconrudytriwibowo:
Rudytriwibowo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
woow tks
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:iconericforfriends:
EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
'Vacuuation' applied here: [link] :dance:
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:iconphotoshop-stock:
photoshop-stock Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice alternative verssion of HDR : D i was just thinking about making and HDR action too : ) .

Good work !! :love:
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I appreciate the lovely feedback. :aww: :heart:
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:iconnemokali:
nemokali Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
thanks..
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:iconrodrigozenteno:
rodrigozenteno Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
great FX, great knowledge
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:bow::blowkiss:
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:iconrodrigozenteno:
rodrigozenteno Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
HOW DO YOU GET THIS STEPS TO DO A SIMILAR HDR?
i prove with some pictures and its looks so similar
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
These are, more or less, the steps I used... Click this link: [link]
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:iconebbingtyde:
ebbingtyde Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Oh so beautiful! thank you for sharing!
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Pleasure!
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:iconammouna-ba:
Ammouna-ba Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
thanks ... lovely effect
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy. :)
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:iconjereeb:
jereeb Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Wow, this effect is really stunning, thank you!!
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy!
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:iconaeoneverlasting:
AeonEverlasting Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Hey, tried it out here [link] . I absolutely loved it, never even thought of doing that. Thanks!!! =)
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:iconrosekoneko:
RoseKoneko Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
:3 Very handy, thank you!
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
enjoy!
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:iconkarma9999:
Karma9999 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Very nice!!! I love the colors! If you didn't use saturation, how did you do it if you don't mind me asking? I'm an intermediate user of Photoshop and I always love to learn new tricks :)
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's just from using the blend mode Overlay in one o' the steps, in combination with the other steps.
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:icongild-a-lily:
Gild-a-Lily Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wah! I don't even know how to use actions ~ I'm such a useless manipulator :giggle: ~ I'm a bit confused about your stock ... are you not uploading to ilovevac any more? Did I miss something? I think I need to watch you from my stock account, since that's where I fave stock images :nod:
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm moving nearly all my ILoveVacStock to this account. Just makes things easier. :) Watch me from anywhere, dahling! :blowkiss:
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:iconeatmydreams:
EatMyDreams Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I'm gonna try this but in a manipulation :P
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:iconvacuumslayer:
vacuumslayer Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I thought about doing t hat too!
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:iconeatmydreams:
EatMyDreams Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I'm deff going to try that.
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