Last time I told you a way to make a HDR (or an image that looks like one) from a single JPEG.
Since then, I've made a few modifications to the process. This tutorial is for those who are very familiar with their image editor (I used the GIMP, but Photoshop works just as well).
- Decompose HSV
- Duplicate value layer
- Invert new layer, then blur (5 to 20 px is good, depending on size of image)
- Set mode of new layer to soft light, then duplicate it.
- Merge down the first new layer, then the second (It gets messed up if you do it the other way around)
- You are now back down to the Value, Hue, and Saturation layers.
- Turn up the contrast of the value layer until it looks bad, then bring it back just until it looks OK.
- Re-compose the image. You're Done!