Create a Perfect Exposure Blending In Photoshop

On this video, photographer Jimmy McIntyre looks at how to combine 3 exposure blending methods in Photoshop to create a natural looking HDR image.

The following process McIntyre shows in this video is rather quick in real time but takes a bit more time to explain. There are several things that needs to be done to create the final image including removing CA, flare and reduce some of the darkening of the corners as well as combine the 3 exposures.

McIntyre works on the image in Camera RAW (which you can open in Photoshop CC even if you do not have RAW files – in this case McIntyre only had JPEGs). It is important to remember to align all the layers to prevent any tiny movement between the images. by creating a gradient mask you can do a very nice and smooth job of blending the skies and the ground from two exposures as McIntyre show in the video.

There are a few other useful tips in this video for improving your blending and finale result even more and if you are a landscape photographer, these techniques are going to be extremely handy.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can watch more of Jimmy McIntyre tutorials here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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