Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Mastery Nears Completion

Some of you have expressed interest as to when (or even if) my final course, Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Mastery, will go live at my beloved video publisher

First, let me assure you that it will and I am almost done recording the damn thing.

Second, I thought, gosh, I might as well give you a sneak peek into what’s in store. There’s plenty of exciting stuff—Lighting Effects, Adaptive Wide Angle, animation, and video editing—not to mention a new take on high dynamic range, better known as HDR.

Most of the HDR tips and tricks I’ve seen present the feature as something like digital magic. (I myself have been guilty of this crime.) But this time I’ll be rolling up my sleeves and showing you how this weird and semi-fantastical feature actually works. For example, did you know that, under the right circumstances, you can indeed create an HDR portrait shot?

Using myself as the proverbial guinea pig, I was able to take the following pedestrian portrait shot (captured ever-so-deftly by my buddy Lucas Deming; the pedestrian aspect is altogether my fault):

A pedestrian shot of Deke by Lucas Deming

And transform it into this lustrously volumetric image using Photoshop CS6’s enhanced HDR Pro module, entirely without the assistance of Liquify, the Healing Brush, or any selective retouching:

That same pedestrian shot rendered in lustrous depth using HDR Pro

As many of you know, HDR Pro requires multiple shots captured at different exposures. (This began as a three-shot bracketed series, btw.) So how do you manage to capture a living, breathing, flinching human being under such conditions? Answer: Very carefully.

Oh, and just in case you think this stuff happens easily, it don’t. The art of HDR portraiture requires that you pass thru the following ultra-realistic step, which (as you might imagine) is none too pleasant. But as a friend of mine at Adobe recently told me, nothing easy is worth the effort.

Deke rendered in painfully accurate HDR

I’ll explain more soon. Oh, and indicative of nothing, happy Valentine’s Day.

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  • Oh dear


    You look like you just came out of a Megadeth gig

  • Good thing you’re the subject of your HDR, Deke

    Compelling portrait, but grateful you used my portrait for things like Lens Blur and Mixer Brush.

  • Finally!

    I was waiting for this…

    BTW, I never really liked the controls in HDR Pro, I prefer the relatively new ability to edit 32-bit TIFF files in ACR. Maybe you will change my mind…

    Thanks Deke & Colleen for all the goodness you provide!


    Been waiting for this smile  Keep up the awesome work Deke!!

  • 3D

    Will we see an update to the 3D courses in the near future?