Color correcting Superfly renders in Photoshop

Skill Level: Intermediate / Views: 131 / 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

Loading the RenderCache render in Photoshop

This process should be similar for any 2d software that can deal with 32-bit (high dynamic range) EXR images and allows you to color correct them. I'm using ye olde Photoshop and the specific details will be for it.

First, find where Poser saves the render cache. I'm using Windows 10 and for me it's in my Documents folder, inside Poser / RenderCache. It should be a folder full of .exr files. In my Poser preferences, I let it save 200 cached renders, it might be something like 50 for you. In any case, we only need the latest.

It saves with time stamps as file names, so I just find the newest. Photoshop will ask for options, in my case it doesn't make any differences because I render with things on the background, but it's just how it will deal with the overall image transparency if it exists.

Then it'll open like this, looking just like what we saw in Poser's render previewer.

Tutorial Comments

MollyFootman  4:59PM Sat, 19 November 2022

Really interesting and clear, Ohki.  I think it will make a significant improvement in my final pictures! =)   Molly

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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