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Photomatix Plugin for Lightroom Tutorial

August 30, 2019

Hi, this is Stuart from the Photomatix team
and in this video I’m going to show you how to use the Photomatix plug-in for Lightroom. The plug-in is automatically installed
when you install Photomatix Pro. So, open Lightroom and choose the bracketed
photos you want to process in Photomatix. By the way, if you don’t have a set of bracketed photos, then Photomatix can still process a single photo. Here, I’m using 3 bracketed photos: the -2, +2 and 0 EV here. First, select the photos. Hold down the command button of your
keyboard whilst left-clicking your mouse. When you have them all selected,
release the command button. Then right-click your mouse on one of the
photos and a pop-up menu appears. Scroll down to ‘EXPORT’, then highlight
and click ‘PHOTOMATIX PRO’. There is another way to invoke the plug-in. With your photos selected, go up to the MENU bar, click ‘FILE’ and then scroll down to ‘PLUG-IN EXTRAS’. and click ‘EXPORT TO PHOTOMATIX PRO’. When you invoke the plug-in you will get this dialogue. And in this box you will find settings for
exporting and merging your photos to HDR. Leave the ‘AUTOMATICALLY RE-IMPORT TO LIGHTROOM’ option checked so that your HDR photo appears back in Lightroom once Photomatix has rendered and saved it. Click ‘EXPORT’, to load, merge and render
your photos in Photomatix Pro. Lightroom is now exporting your photos and up in the top left-hand corner, a bar follows its progress. Once your photos have been exported, Photomatix
will open automatically then align and merge them And here, you’ll be met by Photomatix Pro’s
ADJUST AND PREVIEW screen. Over on the right of this screen,
you’ll find the built-in presets. Try clicking on a few. For instance … BALANCED PAINTERLY VIBRANT You can also filter the presets by category
via the drop-down menu at the top right. Click on it and the preset category
drop-down menu appears. For example, select ‘REALISTIC’ and all preset thumbnails in the realistic category are displayed. And by using the sliders on the left, you
can further adjust the look of your image. When you’re happy with your image,
click the ‘SAVE & RE-IMPORT’ button. Photomatix Pro will now render the
HDR photo and send it back to Lightroom. Once back in Lightroom, you will see your
rendered and re-imported HDR photo along with the 3 bracketed photos
that you exported earlier. Now, it is possible that you won’t see the
re-imported photo in Lightroom. In fact, it’s happened to me when using Photomatix
after importing photos from my camera. Fortunately, this is easy to solve. Go to the bottom of the screen and to
the FILMSTRIP SOURCE INDICATOR, which is right above the filmstrip. Click on it, and from the drop-down menu,
select ALL PHOTOGRAPHS. The missing image now appears. If you want to avoid seeing your entire catalog
after choosing ALL PHOTOGRAPHS, then right-click on the source images
and from the drop-down menu, choose ‘GO TO FOLDER IN LIBRARY’. And now you’ll only see the folder into which
your source photos were imported to. Try the Photomatix Lightroom plug-in for yourself. The trial never expires and just adds a Photomatix
watermark to the rendered photos. You can download the free trial here.


  • Reply Marc Philibert residential February 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I have a question for you on this. Once I finish editing on Photomatix it gets re-imported automatically but I don't get the option to do finishing touches such as sharpen the image etc. Is there a way to still get this option prior to re-importing??

  • Reply chinh luan November 18, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Hi you can show to edit basic images in lightroom, very Tks

  • Reply ohcomeooooon December 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    thanks alot

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