How to open HDR's in programs other than PS

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Al B, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Al B macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2008
    Here's the deal: I've been creating HDR's in CS4, but no matter how I save the file, it will not open in Lightroom or any program other than CS4. Am I doing something wrong?
  2. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    Yes. If you are saving as jpeg or tiff, there should be no reason that any other program can't open it. If you are leaving it as a psd, other programs may have issues, but I would be really surprised if lightroom can't at least give you a preview.
  3. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    Also keep in mind when you generate an HDR image you might be using a higher bit depth than your application can handle. Try saving the image in 8 or 16 bit and using Adobe RGB 1998 or sRGB colorspace.
  4. georgemann macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2005
    Seattle, Washington & Siem Reap, Cambodia
    I know this is slightly off-topic but Lightroom and Photomatix-Pro work really well together. There is a Photomatix-Pro plug-in for Lightroom.

    1. Import bracketed image sets into Lightroom.

    2. Export selected set of images to Photomatix Pro

    3. Process and tone-map HDR image in Photomatix Pro

    4. Save and automatically re-import HDR image into Lightroom.


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