Photoshop Actions for HDR Effects

A few weeks ago we posted a showcase of beautiful HDR photography. True HDR photography involves taking multiple shots of the same subject with different exposures and combining them, but Photoshop allows you to mimic those effects with just one image. While you can always go through this process manually, there are also a number of Photoshop actions that can do the work for you very quickly. In this post we’ll highlight some of the best HDR Photoshop actions that will make it easy for you to create your own HDR images.

Premium HDR Photoshop Actions:

HDR Legendary Image Action by mrcharlesbrown $5

HDR Legendary Image Action by mrcharlesbrown

HDR Action by alter $4

HDR Action by alter

Faux HDR Actions $17

Faux HDR Actions

Surreal HDR Actions by mudi $4

Surreal HDR Actions by mudi

HDR Legendary Image Action Series 2 by mrcharlesbrown $5

HDR Legendary Image Action Series 2 by mrcharlesbrown

HDR Legendary Image Action Series 3 by mrcharlesbrown $5

HDR Legendary Image Action Series 3 by mrcharlesbrown

Dramatic Effect with False HDR by pastela $5

Dramatic Effect with False HDR by pastela

Supreme HDR Image Action by applelucero $5

Supreme HDR Image Action by applelucero

Free HDR Photoshop Actions:

Fake HDR Photoshop Action by 2KOOL4U

Fake HDR Photoshop Action by 2KOOL4U

Pseudo HDR by FinesseFX

Pseudo HDR by FinesseFX

HDR Effect by ALfannan8w

HDR Effect by ALfannan8w

HDR Portrait by ALfannan8w

HDR Portrait by ALfannan8w

HDR Tools by forfie

HDR Tools by forfie

HDR Effect 4.3 by sa-cool

HDR Effect 4.3 by sa-cool

Dylan’s HDR Detail Action by Toxic-Designs-Redux

Dylan's HDR Detail Action by Toxic-Designs-Redux

HDR Action by SuperSzajs

HDR Action by SuperSzajs

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  • aledesign.it, January 9, 2012

    In some case is not a bad effect..I think is important use with intelligence..and not often. i like the cover by Hancock!

  • Courtney, January 10, 2012

    I agree with aledesign… It shouldn’t be overused… Photoshop has incredible tools.. Thanks for the images..

  • Doly, January 10, 2012

    Adept Manual process can supplement it but it is time consuming. Well collection of HDR Photoshop. I like forfie, superszajs.

  • Troy, January 12, 2012

    Most of these samples looks like they just played with contrast and sharpening. Seems to me like there is a lack of range in there, where High Dynamic Range is what HDR is. True HDR starts and ends with good source files, not a filter fix.

    • Vandelay Website Design, January 12, 2012

      Troy,
      You’re right, the effects shown here are not true HDR, which is stated in the opening paragraph. The point is only to mimic HDR effects in situations where you may not have multiple photos with different exposures to create a true HDR.

  • Rajan Arora, February 15, 2012

    Nice collection.

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