Faux Dynamic Range Increase

Faux Dynamic Range Increase

Faux Dynamic Range Increase
Before and after.
Increasing the contrast using the Brightness/Contrast tool.

Step 10

Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the Background layer and move it to the top in the Layers pallet. Change the blending mode to Saturation and adjust the opacity to adjust the strength of this layer.

Restoring saturation using the Saturation blending mode.

Final Results


Before and After

Rollover the image below to see the before and after effect.

Faux Dynamic Range Increase

Shadows/Highlights tool vs. Faux Dynamic Range Increase

Rollover the image below to see the difference between the two techniques.

Highlights/Shadows vs Faux Dynamic Range Increase

The Shadow/Highlights tool produces lower quality results with halos between high contrast edges.

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