Merging Bracketed Photos Using Photoshop’s Merge to HDR Pro


These days there are many ways to combine bracketed images and there’s no single ‘best’ solution. Lots of software packages will enable you to combine the light data contained in three or more exposures, but the results will vary greatly. I often try a couple of techniques to arrive at the end result, starting with a fusion-mapping application such as Enfuse. Sometimes Photomatix is the best tool for the job, particularly thanks to its selective masking for the removal of ghosts. Lately however I’ve been using Photoshop’s built in Merge to HDR Pro function more and more, because it tends to produce far more natural looking imagery than other HDR applications.

So in order to explain how this process works, I put together a video tutorial and up-loaded it to my page on YouTube. I used Lightroom 5.7 and Adobe Photoshop CC. Hope you enjoy.

By |2018-06-14T13:05:40+00:00March 8th, 2015|Techniques|2 Comments


  1. peteys March 9, 2015 at 12:12 am - Reply

    I have been using HDR Expose 3 which is better than Photomatix or Enfuse in my opinion, but lately I too have been using Photoshop Merge to HDR Pro in PSCC and it seems to have improved considerably since I tried it a couple of versions ago of Photoshop 4,5 and 6.

    I agree, it seems to produce more natural results although I get very good natural results with Expose 3, especially with landscape images.

    • Andy Hutchinson March 9, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Yes, I agree. Wasn’t impressed with Merge to HDR even as recently as CS6 – absolutely love it now though 🙂

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