ADDITIONAL TOOLS AND EDITS
If you are not satisfied with the image produced through Photomatix and want to fix those little problem areas, I recommend the following:
To sharpen your images, use Topaz Details from Topaz Labs. This is a fantastic program that, if used correctly, can produce some stunning detail in your photo without producing noise.
For color corrections and adjustments, I find that the Lightroom Adjustment Brush is an effective tool. I often use this brush to lighten areas that were darkened in the tonemapping process and increase color saturation where Photomatix washed out the photo’s natural colors.
Photoshop can be a powerful tool when making corrections to your image. Just load up your 3 original source images and your Photomatix image, and use Layer Masks to draw out the highlights and shadows of the images. For more details on using Layer Masks in Photoshop, see Peter ‘s excellent tutorial.
Well, I hope this tutorial has been helpful and informative. Now go out and make some cool art! If you want to share your work with me, or have any questions about this tutorial, feel free to shoot me an email!