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HDR Tone Mapping Photoshop CS5 versus Photomatix

 
 
The Local Adaptation tone mapping method first introduced in Photoshop CS2 has been improved in CS5, and we were asked how it now compares to Photomatix. However, tone mapping is a very subjective process, so how 'good' the tone mapped results are will depend on your personal taste.
We show below a few examples of photos processed in both programs. The best advice, however, is to try both Photomatix and Photoshop CS5 with your own photos.
The left column shows results of Photoshop CS5 Local Adaptation method with default or built-in presets. The right column shows results of Photomatix Details Enhancer or Fusion methods with default or built-in presets. Note that we used the default settings and built-in presets of the respective applications in order to be as neutral as possible, but both Photoshop and Photomatix offer several settings to adjust the result.
 
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  CS5 Local Adaptation - Default Photomatix Details Enhancer - Default  
 
   
  CS5 Local Adaptation - Photorealistic Photomatix Exposure Fusion - Default  
 
   
  CS5 Local Adaptation - Surrealistic Photomatix Details Enhancer - Grunge  
 
 
 
 
 
 
CS5 Local Adaptation - Default Photomatix Details Enhancer - Default
 
CS5 Local Adaptation - Photorealistic Photomatix Exposure Fusion - Default
 
CS5 Local Adaptation - Saturated Photomatix Details Enhancer - Painterly
 
 
 

Image Copyrights: Jacques Joffre

 
 
  The two 32-bit HDR image files used to produce the above results are here:
Eiffel Tower: eiffel.hdr
Painter Studio: atelier.hdr
 
 
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