No problem! My buddy Mike Meyer came up with this effect while experimenting in Camera Raw. I would advise using version 4.2 if you can because you really want the clarity slider to finish it off. So here is the deal, open an image using Camera Raw. This technique works on jpegs as well as raw files. For jpeg images, just open Photoshop and then go to Open As… (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+O) under the File menu. When the dialog comes up, just choose Camera Raw from the Open as drop-down menu and then select your image. Now comes the fun part. Once your image is open, move the following sliders to 100% :Recovery, Fill Light, Contrast, and Clarity. Now adjust the other sliders as needed. It doesn’t work for every photo but the results are very similar to those saturated, halo type HDR’s that everyone has seen floating around the web lately. Thanks Mike for being crazy enough to move the Fill Light slider all the way to the right, you are a rebel!!
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