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Saving a profile as a preset

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Once people discover and start to use the X-Rite Color passport, they never go back to not using it, because all of a sudden they realize that they can create accurate and stunning and astonishing color really easily. Yet invariably, as people work with this tool of more and more, they bring up this question. They say, "Chris, isn't there a shortcut that I can use to apply this profile to my photographs, because I find that I always use this camera with these studio lights, or I use this camera with this sunset type of light," or whatever light source it is, they find it they are using that again and again and again.

Saving a profile as a preset

Once people discover and start to use the X-Rite Color passport, they never go back to not using it, because all of a sudden they realize that they can create accurate and stunning and astonishing color really easily. Yet invariably, as people work with this tool of more and more, they bring up this question. They say, "Chris, isn't there a shortcut that I can use to apply this profile to my photographs, because I find that I always use this camera with these studio lights, or I use this camera with this sunset type of light," or whatever light source it is, they find it they are using that again and again and again.

Well, there isn't a shortcut that we can use, but there are some techniques that we can use to expedite this overall process, especially for those situations where we find ourselves using a particular camera in a particular lighting situation time and time again. Well, illustrate how we can do this, let's go ahead and reset all these images back to the Standard profile. To do that, click on one, hold on the Shift key and click on another, so that they are all selected. And then with Auto Sync turned on, we'll go ahead and choose the profile for Adobe Standard. All right, great! Well, the next thing that we want to do is choose one of our images, say this photograph here.

We'll select the profile from the pulldown menu, this one for this computer bag here that was shot indoors at the lynda.com facility. The next thing we want to do is go to our Presets panel on the left-hand side. What you can do here is create a new preset. I'm going to ahead and call this one lynda.com-indoors. Let's say I take pictures all the time here at the lynda.com headquarters inside. So I now have this preset with this particular calibration profile. Now you want to make sure that you don't have anything else selected in your settings. So Check None and just Check on calibration. Then click create.

Well, now all that I would need to do is whenever I created a photograph or captured a photograph in this lynda.com- indoors lighting situation would be to select the photo, and then I could click on this user preset here, and you can see that it updates my profile over here on this side. Now let's say that we decide, okay this is kind of interesting. I know that I have five or six scenarios, or lighting situations, that I use all the time. So we decide to create another preset. In this case again, I'm going to apply my profile. Once I've done that, I'll go to my Preset panel.

I'll create a new preset. In this case, just kind of call this one backyard-am-open shade. And you want to name that preset words that will help trigger that particular lighting situation. Again, this was in my backyard in open shade in the morning. And let's say that I photograph there all the time. So I have this preset for that, just with calibration, and I click create. Well again, in order to take advantage of that preset, I select an image and then I go ahead and click on the preset, and you can see it updates my profile.

What may happen is that these presets may get a little bit lost with some of your other more creative presets. In order to make this a little bit more efficient, what we can do is we can click on the plus icon here, and then in your folder you can actually create a new folder. And I recommend that you name this folder "Camera Calibration." Now you have this new folder. What you can do is you can create your presets from the get-go, so they're saved in there. Or if you forgot to or you want to do it after the fact, as I've done here, just simply drag and drop.

And again, you can have this Camera Calibration set of presets, so whenever you need to apply those, we can simply open that folder and then apply the preset as needed.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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