Save Tone-Mapped HDR Images in Photoshop Elements

To get to this point, you took bracketed photos, created and tone mapped the HDR image, and then saved the tone mapped image as a JPEG or TIFF. Although you could publish that version to the Web, you’ll have a better looking image if you correct problems like noise and make other enhancements like sharpening and contrast adjustments to the tone mapped image before you publish or print it.

This list describes a good post–tone mapping workflow:

  1. Open your tone mapped file in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Choose File→Save As and save the file in the Photoshop (.psd) format.

    This ensures you don’t overwrite the tone mapped file.

  3. Choose Image→Mode→8 Bits/Channel to convert the file to 8 bits.

    If necessary, convert a 16 bits-per-channel tone mapped image to an 8 bits-per-channel image first. Photoshop Elements provides limited support for 16 bits-per-channel images.

    For example, you can’t duplicate the Background layer of a 16 bits-per-channel image in Elements, you can’t use the Enhance→Convert to Black and White command, nor can you use the Filter→Correct Camera Distortion command to correct lens distortions.

    However, if you work in Photoshop, you don’t need to convert your images to 8 bits-per-channel. Photoshop has more mojo on tap to work with 16 bits-per-channel images.

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