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Working with presets

From: Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0

Video: Working with presets

HDR Efex Pro includes a variety of different options for adjusting the appearance of your image. Those include tone compression, tonality adjustments, color adjustments, and some selective and finishing adjustments as well. But in most cases, you'll probably get started with each image by utilizing a preset. Let's take a look at how we can work with presets in a variety of different ways in HDR Efex Pro. First off we can apply a preset to an image of course. There are a variety of presets that are included with HDR Efex Pro, and those are found on the left panel in the preset library section. We can scroll through the various presets to see what might work for the image we're currently working with.

Working with presets

HDR Efex Pro includes a variety of different options for adjusting the appearance of your image. Those include tone compression, tonality adjustments, color adjustments, and some selective and finishing adjustments as well. But in most cases, you'll probably get started with each image by utilizing a preset. Let's take a look at how we can work with presets in a variety of different ways in HDR Efex Pro. First off we can apply a preset to an image of course. There are a variety of presets that are included with HDR Efex Pro, and those are found on the left panel in the preset library section. We can scroll through the various presets to see what might work for the image we're currently working with.

And when you find something you like you can simply click on it in order to apply that preset to the image. Once you've applied a preset, of course, you can fine-tune the settings over on the right panel. But generally speaking, you'll start off and sometimes switch back and forth between presets, evaluating which might work best for a particular photo, as you're working. You can review all of the presets that are included with HDR Efex Pro or you can navigate among the various categories of presets. You'll notice that I have the all option set at the top left of HDR Efex Pro.

I can also choose architecture presents, artistic presets, realistic presets, landscape, surreal and also recently used, in other words, the presets that I've applied more recently, as well as favorites. At the moment I've not selected any presets as favorites but you could certainly do that to get quick access to the presets that you like the most. For example I'll go ahead and scroll through and take a look at some of the various presets that are available. And if any catch my eye then I can apply that preset to the image and then identify that preset as a favorite just by clicking the star at the bottom of the preview.

So now that I've identified this preset as a favorite, you'll notice that the favorites category indicates that there is one favorite. And if I go there I'll be able to see that particular preset. We can also define our own presets. Let's assume that I like this particular preset, but I'd like to perhaps add a vignette effect. I'll go ahead and select a lens vignette option from the right panel, and then I want to save this as a new preset. Obviously this is an extremely dramatic preset, but I can save this if I'd like to apply it for future images.

I'll switch to the Custom Section over on the left panel and then I can click the Plus button in order to create a custom preset. I'll just call this Dramatic Width Vignette and I'll click OK and now you can see that I have that additional preset included in the Custom Preset section. In addition, if I have presets that I have obtained online, or from friends or colleagues, I can import those presets in order to access them. I'll go ahead and switch to the imported section along the left panel, and then click the Plus button. And then I can navigate to the location where I've saved that preset, Select it and then click Open, and that preset will be available in the Imported section. So you can see, there are a variety of ways that we can work with presets, whether those include th epresets that are included with HDR Efex Pro. The custom presets that we define for ourselves, or imported presets that we perhaps obtained from others.

All in all though, the ability to work with presets inside of HDR Efex Pro is really one of the highlights of this software application, because it makes it so quick and easy to apply a particular look to a photo. Which you, of course, can then fine-tune as much as you'd like.

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