How to create a Black and White HDR inspirational poster

14
Oct'10
cosmin
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Sep 2010

I'm going to show you all how to make a cool HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo from your own RAW images and then turn it into a inspirational poster.

You can use my RAW files or you can make your own (use a tripod).

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01
cosmin
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Sep 2010
For this tutorial you can shoot your own RAW pictures or you can use mine. You need to take 3 to 9 pictures with different exposure of the same place. You need to use a tripod and make sure your camera is very still. Search for a great place in high details and you can explore this tutorial on your own images. I took 5 different exposure of this locomotive, as you see.
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Now open adobe bridge ( You can do this from photoshop, go to file > browse in bridge ) and navigate until you find the place where you saved the raw files, select them and go to Tools > Photoshop > Merge to HDR pro.
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After waiting a bit (until photoshop does some processing) a new panel will appear. Here you are going to turn your image into HDR (High Dynamic Range). Start by selecting the Monochromatic preset for now.
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Next set the value of details to 300%, you will see now a lot of details on the locomotive
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Use this settings next: radius 160 strength 1,00 gamma 0,4, exposure -0,15 shadow 0 highlight -100 vibrance -80 saturation -80 check “REMOVE GHOSTS” Look at my result.
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Now just take a look at a simple black and white photo and the HDR one.
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07
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If I had a nice cloudy sky in my photos, this HDR would have been perfect. But it’s not a problem, we can do miracles with photoshop. Open the images you’ve downloaded with the sky and because our HDR photo has 240 px/inch we need to make the sky picture bigger. Go to Image > Image size and set the resolution to 240 px/inch, then using the rectangle marque tool make a selection like me.
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Cut the selection with the sky and paste it into our document. Scale the sky like I did (CTRL+T) and rename the layer “sky”.
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Now make the sky layer black and white, Image > Adjustments > Black & white and use my settings.
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Disable the Sky layer for now and using the polygonal lasso tool or the pen tool make a selection like me, I like using polygonal lasso tool. Make the selection as perfect as you can and if you want to add another selection, after you’re done, hold down the shift key, you will see a “+” along the polygonal lasso tool, take a look what I mean.
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Make the sky layer visible again, and add a layer mask like I did. Now we just need to make the sky to look original.
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Disable the sky layer again and using the magic wand tool select multiple branches, holding shift. Try to select like I did then click on refine edge. Set the view on black, check smart radius, set it to 1 px and “draw” over the marked area.
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Make the sky visible again, select the mask and paint over the branches selection with black. You can use different opacity of a soft rounded brush, check my result.
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For the next effect we need to change the image mode from 16 bits to 8 bits, go to Image > Mode > 8 bits /channel. Then add a new layer, call it film grain. Hold down CTRL and click on the mask to make a selection then fill it with black on the film grain layer.
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You can deselect now (CTRL+D) and go to filter > artistic > film grain (grain 10, highlight 0, intensity 5) then set the blending mode to soft light.
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Duplicate the Sky layer (CTRL + J) and go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing edges (edge width 1, brightness 20, smothness 7) and set the blending mode to screen.
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Duplicate the background layer, set the blending to overlay and the opacity to 80%.
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Let’s turn our HDR image into an inspirational poster. First you need to crop like I did ( because we have areas outside the canvas we need to cut them off), then double click the background layer to unlock it.
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Go to Image > Canvas size ( I use centimeters so add 4 cm to width and 4cm to height), check the relative box. Go again to Image > Canvas size but now click on the top middle arrow and set the height to 4 cm (this will add another 4 cm to the bottom).
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Add a new layer under the background layer and fill it with black, you can call the layer “black background”. Add a new layer on top of the black one and call it frame, hold down CTRL and click the background layer to make a selection. Go to Select > Modify > Expand the selection with 30 px and fill it with white.
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Hold Down CTRL again and click on the background layer and expand the selection only with 20 px. When the selection is done hit delete on the frame layer and you should get something like I did.
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22
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Using the font you’ve downloaded type, on the bottom “OLD MUSCLE”, a size of 100pt it’s enough. Now keep only the “O” and “E” with 100pt size and the other letters to 72pt, like I did.
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Right click on the text layer and go to rasterize type. Using the Rectangle Marquee tool make a selection around the small letters. Select your move tool and drag the letter upper like I did. You can make the text a bit bigger (Sale it CTRL+T, Hold down shift for proportions).
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Draw a 10 px weight line (hold shift for a straight line) under the smaller letters. Using Arial or Helvetica, type under the line “The power of steam”, use a small size.
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That's all, hope you'll enjoy it.

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