Captain Kimo’s Photoshop Action

“Get the Captain Kimo HDR look!”

This is the Photoshop action that I use for all my HDR images as well as regular photos. I developed this action to streamline my Photoshop post processing workflow. When played this action runs through my most commonly used layer adjustments, plugins and processing techniques to create a very sharp, smooth and polished image.

Note: This action is included with “Secrets to Mastering HDR Photography” e-book. For those who already purchased the e-book, you should have received an e-mail with a download link. If not e-mail me your transaction ID using the contact page.

This action will work with Photoshop Elements 7, 8 and 9 as well as Photoshop CS 3, 4 and 5. Note: Photoshop Elements 7 and CS3 users need to run action separately because “Play All Actions” won’t work with those versions.

You will need 3 Topaz Plugins to play this action; Topaz Adjust, Topaz Denoise and Topaz Clean. However this action does include a non plug-in version that will work with both Elements and CS. The non plug-in version is included as a bonus. Results from this action is not comparable to the original version that requires the Topaz plugins.

Check Out Some of Captain Kimo’s Before and After Images Below.

6 thoughts on “Captain Kimo’s Photoshop Action

  1. Steve

    Thank you Kim, check out my Flickr Stream, tonight I purchased your action, installed in Photoshop CS5 and ran the action on a HDR Image I was saving for an enlargement. I am glad I waited. Your action enhanced my HDR image beyond what I could have done. Thank you. Well done my friend.

  2. Linda D

    Thank you, Kim, for including a Photoshop Elements action too. The results are incredible and it’s great to have all the individual layers to tweak (not that they need much tweaking!). I’m so glad I found your website and ebook….keep up the good work.

  3. Captain Kimo Post author

    No problem Linda… I know a lot of people use Elements, especially hobbyists. I’ll start including Elements in some of my future tutorials.

  4. Edward

    Does this action automatically use presets on the Topaz plug-ins? What if you don’t have or use Photomatrix?

    1. Captain Kimo Post author

      Edward, the Topaz Plugins are required to run this Photoshop Action. Photomatix is not required.


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