I have three layers open in Photoshop.

Two are images. One is a text layer.

I flattened and merged the background image which I originally filled with black and applied a gradient to.

I then tried to apply HDR toning but the HDR toning option is greyed out although the Shadow/Highlighting is not.

Why can't I access my HDR toning?

I tried converting it to a smart object and ensuring it's rasterised; still nothing.

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I think you are using CMYK color mode. With this mode HDR Toning is not working. You need to change color mode to RGB or Grayscale mode.

  • Thank you. I was just about to come back and answer my question but you are correct. By switching back after using HDR in RGB, should I expect that I will lose the HDR effect or that the effect will change drastically when changing back to CMYK? Oct 10, 2012 at 9:41
  • @WarrenvanRooyen You are welcome. I think no.
    – Justin Boo
    Oct 10, 2012 at 9:49

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