Can't edit or properly save HDR image from photoshop. Is there a better way to work this image?

Started Oct 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Can't edit or properly save HDR image from photoshop. Is there a better way to work this image?

Try the following.

Open the RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw and adjust the image for the sky before opening it Photoshop as a Smart Object.  If the first of the three buttons in the lower right part of the ACR window doesn't shoe Open Object then hold down the shift key and the Open Image button will temporarily change to Open Object so you can click on it.

Now you should have the file open in Photoshop and the thumbnail in the Layers panel should show a box at the lower right hand corner.  Right click on the gray area to the right of the name of the thumbnail and chose New Smart Object via Copy.  This will make a new copy of the Smart Object that you can edit separately to the original.  Double click on the thumbnail of this new layer to open the copy in ACR.

Adjust the copy in ACR to get the foreground properly exposed then click the OK button to reopen this copy in Photoshop.  You should now have two layers, the bottom layer adjusted for the sky with a dark foreground, the top layer adjusted for the foreground with a blown out sky.

Double click on the gray area to the side of the name of the top thumbnail to open up the Layers Style panel.  At the bottom are the two Blend If: sliders.  Click on the split arrow head at the right of the upper Blend If slider and drag it slowly to the left.  You will see the blown out sky slowly disappear and be replaced by the sky from the layer below it.  Once you get close to the image you want hold down the Alt (Option) key and click on either half of the split arrowhead and drag it away from the stationary half.  You can now adjust the two halves to give a fuzzy blending to make the transition between visible and no-visible smoother.

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