our #1 HDR
app is back
HDRtist 2.0

Single image processed using HDRtist, captured somewhere in the South East of England.
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macOS El Capitan logo
  • macOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15
  • 4GB of RAM (16GB recommend)
  • 50mb of disk space
  • Graphics card with 1GB of VRAM
Latest Version
  • Version 2.0.3
  • Released Aug 21, '19
Download on the Mac App Store

real HDR
really easy

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HDRtist on macOS 10.11, with titlebar hidden & side-by-side view. 5 exposure HDR capture of Wanlitong, Taiwan.
Demonstrating how HDRtist is able to recover & exaggerate the tiny details hidden in the highlights.

High Dynamic Range Imaging

To overcome a limitation with digital photography, HDRtist processes a series of exposures captured with your camera, into a single large image. Then providing the tools to convert this data into a stunning, highly detailed image, suitable for displaying on Mac, Phone or online.

Introducing "Polaris"

Polaris is the same 8th generation tone mapping engine as in our HDRtist NX 2. She was designed from the ground up to do one thing and to do it well; create stunning detail enhanced HDR images, while she compresses the huge dynamic range into an a beautiful HDR rendering that you'd be happy showing friends & family.

brings out
the detail

Processed with PolarisWithout
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128-Bit unclamped precision

The entire rendering pipeline, has been built to handle 32,000 times higher resolution than a regular photo editor or fake HDR app. HDRtist uses all this extra data to enhance colors & extract the tiniest of details.

Single images & Multiple exposures

Whether you shoot multiple exposures with a DSLR or snapshots with a phone; HDRtist creates stunningly beautiful detailed HDR images. Multiple exposures are recommend for better quality.

easily handles
one or many

Single Image5 Exposure HDR3 Exposure HDR
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1-Slider editing

HDRtist was designed to utilize our 1-Slider editing methodology (just like previous versions). Which means to edit an HDR, all thats required is moving one single slider across the range until the HDR looks good.

window management

HDRtist provides a large preview with features like Automatic sidebar & titlebar hiding, to create an immersive experience. Built-in Window management, makes it a snap to work with multiple HDRs.


upgrade your
HDR experience
with HDRtist NX 2

  • ✔︎  More precision
  • ✔︎  More functions
  • ✔︎  1-Click Styles
  • ✔︎  Save history
  • ✔︎  advanced cropping
Click to find out more about HDRtist NX 2

macos compatibility

Catalina, mojave, high Sierra, sierra & El Cap

A 2007 iMac with only 4GB of RAM, or latest i9 Apple laptop with 32GB of RAM, as long as its running macOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15, you can enjoy our HDRtist.

Metal 2.0, Metal 1.0 or OpenGL

HDRtist takes advantage of Metal 2.0, Metal or OpenGL hardware acceleration. On some Macs you can choose which technology to use, others we'll choose the most appropriate for you.

Export to a variety of formats

HDRtist uses the power of the macOS to generate JPG, PNG, GIF, J2K, TIF, PSD, PDF, BMP, TGA & EXR. With macOS 10.13 High Sierra or 10.14 Mojave, HDRtist can export HEIC images.

Import formats

HDRtist utilizes Apple's ImageI/O framework to be able to import a wide variety of formats & RAW files. Common image formats are supported, while RAW is dependent on different versions of the macOS.