HDR Efex Pro with Photoshop Elements

Jeff sent me the following very useful information which will be of help to those who use Photoshop Elements

Dave, as a follow up to your talk on HDR Pro, you may know that it is not possible to use HDR Pro from elements. However, if you convert the images to .TIFF using elements and save them then you can run HDR Pro standalone as described by this except from this link: http://photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00ZpuX
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Thank you for contacting Nik Software. Yes, HDR Efex Pro is the only one of our software that will run as a standalone product. As a standalone, it functions exactly the same, but it can only handle Tiff or Jpg images. I recommend first processing your image in Dfine 2.0 and then saving it as either a Tiff or a Jpg. You will then open HDR Efex Pro in standalone mode, and open that image. Process as normal in HDR Efex Pro and then you would save that file and bring it back into Photoshop Elements to do the rest of your processing. To access the standalone versions, please see below:
Windows
Open Windows Explorer / My Computer and navigate to: C:\Program Files\Nik Software\HDR Efex Pro.
Double click on the file, “HDR Efex Pro.exe” to launch the application.
Click on File >Open Exposure Series and select the image(s) to merge into HDR Efex Pro. This method will merge TIFF and JPG images only.
Mac
Open the finder and navigate to Applications : Nik Software : HDR Efex Pro.
Double click on the file, “HDR Efex Pro” to launch the application.
Click on File >Open Exposure Series and select the image(s) to merge into HDR Efex Pro. This method will merge TIFF and JPG images only.
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I have tried this and can confirm it works OK. Seems to only save to Documents

Thanks Jeff for a very helpful tip.

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