Free HDR toning program updated and simplified (now with GUI)

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Free HDR toning program updated and simplified (now with GUI)
Nov 9, 2010

I updated the HDR toning program discussed here
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=36849105

Download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?bnz24mbbldk7d (same as before)

For those who tried the first version, the main change is that I gave the program a GUI for setting processing settings, so you no longer have to modify the source code in ExtendScript to change settings. The process for installing and running the program has therefore been simplified:

Installing:

1. Download the UserSteps.atn action file and the HDR Sharpening (GUI).jsx script file

2. Install the action file by double-clicking UserSteps.atn (if Photoshop is not set to open .atn files by default, right click the file, select Open With...-> Photoshop. If you check "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file", all future actions you download in the future can be installed simply by double-clicking)

Running:

1. The program runs on the top layer of the open image document in Photoshop. Make sure the top layer is selected, visible and has no transparencies. The document should be in RGB mode, 8 or 16 bit (preferably 16 bit). For best results, zoom out so that you can see the whole image before starting the program.

2. Right click the HDR Sharpening (GUI).jsx script file, select Open With...-> Photoshop. If you check "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file", next time you can run the HDR script simply by double-clicking it.

3. Adjust the settings in the new GUI dialog box and follow the instructions given for the two Levels dialogs.

The "effect amount" should probably be set higher (up to 150) for input images with low contrast (eg multiple exposures merged and not yet tonemapped, images developed from RAW with low contrast settings to preserve DR) and lower otherwise (eg. single jpeg image)
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So far 58 people have downloaded the script (first version), but only 5 people have wrote back to comment on it I'd love to hear back from you if you like this new version or otherwise have any issue with it.

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