I have made claims in the past about how much I dislike Photoshop’s HDR toning.  That is still true, I am not a fan of the HDR toning, but  I do love the 32 bit workflow in combination with Adobe Camera Raw.  The results can make for some impeccable HDR images that are both very realistic looking and free of the typical HDR Noise.  While the effect is not as grungy as many might care for with HDR it is definitely something to consider in your HDR workflow!

I find it particularly useful with sunset and sunrise scenes as they can be tricky in many tone mapping programs.  Check out the quick workflow, Before-and-after, and the Video Tutorial if you are interested!

My 32 bit workflow is a 6 part process.


  1. Make the 32 bit file in Photoshop
  2. Save that 32 bit file as a TIFF
  3. Modify the 32 bit TIFF in Adobe Camera Raw (feel free to use Lightroom as well)
  4. Save it as a 16 Bit TIFF
  5. Modify the 16 Bit TIFF in  ACR again.
  6. Make typical post processing adjustment


Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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