Tone Mapping in PhotoMatix Pro 3

PhotoMatix Pro 3 is a versatile photo editing software with many features. One of the main features is that it enables you to create HDR images with just a few clicks, and it also has an elaborate Tone Mapping feature which can improve the quality of your HDR images. The following describes how Tone Mapping can be done in PhotoMatix Pro 3.

Step 1: Prepare Your HDR Image

After the HDR process is completed on your set of images, you will still find many things not quite right with the composite image. Click on the Tone Mapping button to edit aspects of the image.

Step 2: Adjust the Different Settings

As the Tone Mapping window opens, you will see various slider controls and settings under Details Enhancer. You can see all the effects of your adjustments in real time in the preview window. The first slider control is Strength, by which you can adjust the global contrast in the image. If you want a high degree of detail, you might want to increase the Strength value.

The slider for Color Saturation can be used to increase the intensity of colors if they have come out a bit faded in the image. Light Smoothing adjustment even outs the variations in contrast to bring out extra details.

The Luminosity slider will control the overall brightness and will bring out the details of shadows in the image. Under the Tone tab, you will find the White Point, Black Point and Gamma settings. These settings also have an impact on the contrast of the image and can be used to bring out details, even while lowering the contrast.

Step 3: Click Process Button

After you have made all your adjustments and are satisfied by the result in the Preview window, click on the Process button to get the final HDR image.