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10 Amazing Photoshop HDR Photo Effects (Pro PSD Actions)

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Some photographers love how High Dynamic Range techniques bring out all of the detail in an image; others don't like the look, especially when taken a little too far. In this roundup, we share ten HDR photo effects for Photoshop. These actions and tools can take your images and create HDR style images. 

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This HDR Photoshop action will make your photos stand out. 

You won't always have a series of frames with perfectly bracketed exposures, so I've included a few that simulate the effect from a single image.

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Check out these ten incredible HDR Photoshop actions for any type of photography project you're working on. Let's take a look:

1. HDR Photoshop Actions (ATN)

With 18 different looks, this is the perfect HDR Photoshop action to try out if you're new to the effect. You can use this action with either JPEG or RAW files. Make sure to jump over to see examples of how impressive these actions are.

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2. HDR Filter Pro (ATN)

This HDR effect for Photoshop really does feel like a next-level effect to create high dynamic range imagery. Not only does this tool allow you to combine multiple images for true HDR actions and effects, it can also create a "good enough" version from a single image. Try this out for complete creative control in creating high dynamic range images.

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3. Photoshop HDR Effect (ATN)

If you want an HDR look for Photoshop, this action embodies a classic HDR filter with highly enhanced details and wide tonal range. Try out these single-click styles to add contrast.

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4. SoHDR Effect for Photoshop (ATN)

Many people think HDR editing in Photoshop is hard, but it's not with the SoHDR Photoshop effect. Not only do these actions layer in an HDR filter, but they also apply stylized coloring, as the example below shows. This is a great twist on the typical HDR action, and there are 30 different styles you can try.

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5. Adobe Photoshop HDR Action (ATN)

Don't spend time trying to find out how to create an HDR effect in Photoshop. Try this Adobe Photoshop HDR effect instead. This set of Photoshop HDR effects somehow finds that balance between bringing out the details and not over-accentuating the skin flaws of a subject.

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6. HDR Actions (ATN)

This set of Photoshop HDR effects doesn't require a complete range of images to create high dynamic imagery. Instead, the contrast and highlight to shadow balance effects can simulate that HDR effect with just a single click.

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7. FilterGrade HDR for Editing in Photoshop (ATN)

Not every action in this FilterGrade package is a faded or light-leaky look. In fact, there are several Photoshop HDR effects that balance a classic look with the modern feel of HDR filters.

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8. Landscape HDR Photoshop Action

This set of actions is one of the simplest Photoshop HDR effects I've come across. You get 25 different styles, each of which only takes a single click, and they will style your landscape imagery with enough dynamic range to bring out all the detail. Start adding this HDR look to your Photoshop projects.

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9. Lomocam: Retro HDR Filter (ATN)

Don't make the mistake of thinking that this seemingly retro package contains only vintage looks: the Lomocam set of Photoshop HDR effects contains seven special effects in the package that beautifully simulate an HDR image.

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10. Landscape Photoshop HDR Effects (ATN)

To finish off our Photoshop HDR photo effects roundup, here are some actions that are suited specifically for landscape imagery. Apply these to your photographs to see extra dynamic range in your landscapes!

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More on HDR Filters and Photoshop

HDR actions and effects, when used properly, it can bring out more detail in an image than a single frame can show. In this roundup, you saw ten amazing Photoshop HDR effects. 

Here's more about HDR, with examples of how it's done properly, step-by-step tutorials, and more:

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