Color correcting Superfly renders in Photoshop

Skill Level: Intermediate / Views: 90 / System Requirements: Poser 11 or higher, Photoshop or another software that allows color adjustments of 32-bit images

Poser Superfly is still stuck in sRGB color space, meant for very old monitors and that feels worse than cheap disposable cameras. Luckily, it also automatically saves every render in high dynamic range format, allowing us to easily color-correct those highlights and shadows into what you would see with a cinema camera.

Afrodite-Ohki on 8:18AM Thu, 02 June 2022

Introduction - why?

Poser's Superfly is based on an earlier version of Blender's Cycle renderer, which saved images in sRGB color space, made for older monitors. This color space treats lights with a dynamic range worse than cheap cameras, when we should be getting the higher dynamic range of a cinema camera. What this means, in short, is that our shadows become black too soon, our highlights become white too soon. More on this can be found in Blender Guru's in-depth explanation of this issue, that explains why this just makes things look fake and odd, but we can't use his solution because it involves a plugin for Blender, which we can't use for Poser. 

Notice how, in my render above, details simply disappear into darkness? What we'd usually do then would be adding more lights, which would in turn make the highlights too bright, with bright white spots in places where light hits the most.

We can use the freebie script by luvenis_Scriptor to make it look a little more like a better camera, and it works well - but I prefer being able to edit my options.

Luckily, Poser always saves a high-dynamic range version of every render in its RenderCache folder, and we can use that to our advantage, in a process that's actually pretty simple.

Tutorial Comments

aqua1955  7:44AM Fri, 15 July 2022

Thank you very much

Y-Phil  3:52PM Fri, 10 June 2022

Thank you so much

CassandraNorth  2:00AM Tue, 07 June 2022

Thank you for this tutorial! What a difference!

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