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Learning Pixelmator by Mark Stagi

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Creating an HDR look

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is used in photography to enhance detail in the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. This can be done while shooting the image, by taking multiple exposures and combining them into one image; however, many a times you aren't thinking about HDR while shooting, and later on want to have that HDR look in your photo. We will start with a fairly flat image of the beach and will turn this into a HDR image.

The following is the initial image:

Creating an HDR look

Start by opening up your image and duplicating the background layer twice. Now that you have three layers, go to the very top layer and apply a small Gaussian blur to the ...

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