Blending exposures on Adobe Photoshop CC is an essential skill for creating remarkable photo images, especially on your real estate photography. Learning the necessary know-how will give you better ideas on how to make the HDR photos enticing and create impeccable visual presentations.
The power of blending creates unexpected twists on how your images appear. As a result, it will give HDR or high dynamic range on each photo resulting in better exposure or an array of light. It balances the underexposed and overexposed in your area.
HDR photography is vital in real estate photography. You want to make sure that your images focus on the elegance of the properties – encouraging premium clients to come to you. However, some problem arises when creating HDR images. If you don’t know how to make it right, it might cause a soft, noisy, surreal, or oversaturated outcome.
In this article, we will show you some basic tutorials for the right way to blend exposures with your Adobe Photoshop CC.
The Step-by-Step Guide for Blending Exposures for Interior Photos
With the following tips, you will learn how to blend exposure whatever software you are using.
Note: If you have Raya Pro plugin, you can use it to blend the picture using its blending buttons naturally. But in this tutorial, we will tell you the basic blending of three different exposures using both the Basic photoshop and Raya Pro features.
1. Find different exposure
These are darker, base, and brighter exposure that you can blend to create natural lighting that focuses on your highlight.
2. On your Photoshop, click on File, then open your images.
3. Prepare layers for your three exposures.
Go to the Lens Correction Tabs > Click on the Remove Chromatic Aberration and enable the Profile Corrections.
Hold down your shift button to change the Open Images into Open Objects. It enables you to open all your images in three different windows inside Photoshop.
4. Layer Placement
In your basic photoshop options, click on the ‘Move’ tool button, select the darker image, and drag it on the base expression. Then, do the same thing for the remaining picture. Once done, you’ll see that you now have three image files on the Photoshop layers.
If you have Raya Pro, you can open the tab, and click on the ‘Stack’ button. Then, you’ll have three images that are stacked together.
Bring the brighter exposure at the top, darker exposure in the middle, and base exposure at the bottom. Make the first two invisible, while the base exposure is visible.
5. Blending exposures
The goal is to put the darker exposure into the base exposure. However, if the darker one is too dark, there might be some problem with blending it in.
Raya Pro Instruction
With the Raya Auto-Blend Dark button, you can click on the mask’s number to blend in your darker exposure and Select. Though, it might flatten the contrast making your image unnatural. If that happens, you can minimize the Opacity level.
If it doesn’t work on the image’s background, turn your Opacity level into its original state. Then, double click the darker exposure image, and it will redirect you to the camera raw. Experiment with the Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, and Highlights to bring back the image’s right contrast.
Make the darker exposure visible to see how the blending goes well with the base exposure. After you find the right blend, proceed with the brighter exposure.
Choose the Auto-Blend Bright, then see which mask number would go well with the exposure. Click Select.
To make the image more natural, form the three images visible and lessen the Opacity level until you find the right temperature. Another option is to double-click the Brighter Exposure, then make less exposure to avoid the image’s noise. The level of the camera raw’s option depends on the image’s setting. Click OK.
Adobe Photoshop Basic Mask Instruction
To create a mask on the darker exposure, hover on the Image menu on the upper bar. Then, on the dropdown menu > Apply Image. A pop-up window will appear > Click OK.
You can repeat the process until you reach your desired mask blend for the darker exposure. With the brighter exposure, the same method is applied, but you only need to perform it once, but on the pop-up window, check the Invert for an inverted mask. Click OK. Make all three exposures visible.
Now, you probably have better image exposures. Feel free to make some changes if needed. So, that’s it! Who would have thought that blending exposure on Adobe Photoshop would be this easy? Just go straight on your laptop, open your Adobe Photoshop application, and try it yourself.