AutoHDR was developed to provide an easy way to convert single images into exciting, HDR equivalents.
AutoHDR is specifically designed to correct problems with light and shade but also supports other effects.
With AutoHDR there is no need to create multiple bracketed exposures. Just dig out any old digital image and try it now.
Topics: Introduction, Presets, Custom Settings, Advanced Settings
This tutorial will explain the various functions of AutoHDR step by step. Where an example is used, there will be a link to download the original image and try it yourself.
Step 1 - Downloading, installing and running AutoHDR
It couldn't be easier. The program itself is probably smaller than any of the pictures you want to process. Just click on the download link and save the program to your desktop. Even on a slow connection it will only take seconds. When it's complete, just run the program and the main window will appear:
Step 2 - Loading your first picture
There are three easy ways to load a picture into AutoHDR:
If this is the first time you have used the program, the image will be resized to make it easier to work with. You will learn how to change this behaviour in a later step.
- 1. Click the 'Open Image' button and select the image you want to load.
- 2. Find the image you want in a normal folder and drag it into the canvas area (the middle of the AutoHDR window).
- 3. Copy the image from somewhere else and paste it into the canvas area by right-clicking the mouse.
Worked example 1:Start AutoHDR if you haven't already.
Click on this picture link which will open a picture in a new window.
Right-click on it and select 'Copy'.
Right-click on the AutoHDR canvas area and click 'Paste'.
You may want to make the AutoHDR window larger so you can see what you're doing more easily.
Step 3 - Processing your first picture
For now we'll keep the default settings.
Worked example 2:With your picture loaded, click the 'Process' button and wait a few seconds.
That's it. Easy wasn't it?
Click on the picture in the canvas area to compare it to the original version.The original image isn't bad but after processing the picture is much more impressive.
AutoHDR has individually adjusted every area of the image so you can see the clouds in the sky, the textures on the tower and the details in the shadows.
Step 4 - Saving your first picture
AutoHDR can save your image in a variety of formats or if you prefer, you can copy the result to the clipboard and then paste it into the image editor of your choice for further processing.
Worked example 3:With your picture processed, click the 'Save Image' button.
Find the folder where you want to save it and click 'Save'.