Create Powerful HDR Looking Portraits in Adobe Photoshop in Three Easy Steps

So here we are again with one more post-processing article which is sure to give your photos the much needed boost. Today we are going to tell you how you can easily create powerful HDR looking portraits in Adobe Photoshop in three easy steps. This process works particularly well for portraits where your subject’s face fills the entire frame.

Normally people use plugins like Topaz Adjust or Nik Collection for such effects. But we are going to tell you how to achieve that effect without any such plugin and still get the same result. So let’s get started. If you don’t want to go through the entire article just jump to the video below which shows the same process that we are going to describe now.

create powerful HDR looking portraits in Adobe Photoshop

Step:1 Open Your Image and Make a Copy of it

Open your image in Photoshop and make a copy of the background layer by pressing CTRL+J (on Windows) or Command+J (on Mac).

Step 2: Apply High Pass Filter

Select the background copy and go to filter>others> High Pass and select a radius of around 7. This figure may vary a little depending on the exposure and face features of the person in your photo. So feel free to experiment a little. 

create powerful HDR looking portraits in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3: Change the Blend Mode

Now just change the blend mode of your layer to OVERLAY. You’re done. It’s as simple as that.

create powerful HDR looking portraits in Adobe Photoshop

Additional Step: Make Exposure and Saturation Adjustments:

Depending on the color and exposure of your photo make adjustments to your saturation and exposure to truly make it look HDR like. 

This is arguably the easiest and the simplest way to create powerful HDR looking portraits in Adobe Photoshop. Watch the video below to understand it clearly. 

 

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