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Using Snapshots to save settings

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In the previous movie, we looked at how we could use virtual copies in order to creatively process our photographs. Well here in this movie, I want to take a look at how we can use snapshots to do something kind of similar. In the Develop module, I have this photograph, and what I want to do is process this image in a creative way. So I'm going to start out by going to the Split Toning panel. Here, I'll just click on the Split Toning panel name, and I'm going to increase the yellows in the Highlights, bring in a little bit of that color there, and then I'll bring in some blues into the Shadows as well.

Using Snapshots to save settings

In the previous movie, we looked at how we could use virtual copies in order to creatively process our photographs. Well here in this movie, I want to take a look at how we can use snapshots to do something kind of similar. In the Develop module, I have this photograph, and what I want to do is process this image in a creative way. So I'm going to start out by going to the Split Toning panel. Here, I'll just click on the Split Toning panel name, and I'm going to increase the yellows in the Highlights, bring in a little bit of that color there, and then I'll bring in some blues into the Shadows as well.

Now, I want to remember this stage of my workflow, so I want to create a new Snapshot. To do that, press Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows. Now, the Snapshot name, by default, is the date and the time. I'm going to go ahead and change that. I'm just going to call this v1, for version one, and then click Create. Next, I want to add some more adjustments here. So I'm going to go to my Lens Corrections panel, and here I'm going to go ahead and add a little bit of vignetting to darken those corners up. Next I'll go to the Basic panel, and in the Basic panel, I'm going to change the overall color of the image, increase the Contrast, increase some Clarity, and decrease my Saturation; again, just processing the image in a creative way.

Then press Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows, and let's name the Snapshot v2, and then click Enter or Return in order to create that Snapshot. Well, once I've done that, I've decided that I want to go back to my Split Toning controls in order to make some further adjustments. Here in Split Toning, I'm going to increase the color Saturation for those yellows. I want to bring the yellows up a little bit. Next, after having done that, I also want to modify my Shadows a little bit as well, so here I'm just going to modify those Shadows too, and then finally, I want to create another Snapshot.

Press Command+N or Control+N to do that, and we'll name this Snapshot v3. In doing that, you can see that we now have these three Snapshots of our picture. What's great about this is we can click into these Snapshots, and in doing that, it will show us our image with the settings which we've applied at that stage of our workflow. Click into v2, you can see how we changed that photograph here, and then we can click into v3 in order to see how we modified the photograph in this way. And by using Snapshots, what you're doing, in a sense, is saving the history of the way that you've processed the file.

This can be really helpful, because sometimes you may arrive at a point, say like this, where you think, this is perfect! This is everything, but I want to try an idea out. You can try the idea out, save that as a Snapshot, and then if you don't like it, well, you can always go back to that previous version, or the previous way that you processed the image. Furthermore, once you've clicked on the Snapshot, you can go ahead and modify this. Here I could increase the Clarity a little bit more, or perhaps change the overall color temperature, or modify the Saturation Slider.

In doing that, you can see how we have a lot of flexibility as we work with Snapshots, and so you want to know that shortcut to create snapshots. To reiterate that one, it's Command+N on a Mac, or Control+N on Windows. And last, but not least, I need to highlight that when you press Command+N or Control+N in the Develop module, it creates a new Snapshot. When you press Command+N or Control+N in the Library module, it creates a new Collection. So just be sure not to get confused about that.

It's the same shortcut, yet when you're in the two different modules, it allows you to do two different things.

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Tips for getting the most out of this course
      55s
  2. 24m 51s
    1. Using advanced shortcuts for the Full Screen and Lights Out modes
      3m 0s
    2. Minimizing different areas of the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring background and panel shortcuts
      3m 34s
    4. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 58s
    5. Choosing the different modules
      4m 9s
    6. Accessing contextual menus in each module
      2m 25s
    7. Adjusting preferences and catalog settings
      1m 11s
    8. Looking up keyboard shortcuts
      4m 7s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Working with the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Importing images and videos
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding tethered capture
      2m 36s
  4. 20m 22s
    1. Zooming in on images
      4m 0s
    2. Exploring the Survey and Compare views
      4m 53s
    3. Rotating the image
      1m 52s
    4. Exploring view options
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a layout overlay
      2m 38s
    6. Finding and selecting images
      3m 12s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Renaming and relocating images
      4m 55s
    2. Adding labels, stars, or flags
      4m 58s
    3. Deleting images quickly with flags
      1m 59s
    4. Changing labels, stars, or flags
      3m 17s
    5. Filtering based on labels, stars, or flags
      2m 3s
    6. Finding images quickly
      1m 45s
    7. Working with stacks
      3m 22s
    8. Working with collections and target collections
      3m 5s
    9. Using and showing Quick Collections
      2m 46s
    10. Creating, using, renaming, and moving folders
      2m 59s
    11. Removing and deleting with shortcuts
      3m 16s
  6. 7m 17s
    1. Adding and editing keywords quickly
      3m 7s
    2. Using keyword shortcuts and enabling keyword painting
      2m 0s
    3. Using keyword lists and saving metadata
      2m 10s
  7. 5m 21s
    1. Working with a second monitor
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring advanced dual-monitor shortcuts
      2m 44s
  8. 9m 6s
    1. Exporting a photograph
      3m 39s
    2. Editing in Photoshop
      4m 19s
    3. Emailing a photograph
      1m 8s
  9. 4m 30s
    1. Viewing video
      1m 47s
    2. Setting in and out points
      1m 52s
    3. Exporting video
      51s
  10. 28m 53s
    1. Correcting tone and white balance automatically
      1m 40s
    2. Correcting white balance
      1m 29s
    3. Making adjustments in the Basic panel
      4m 9s
    4. Navigating between basic panels
      2m 46s
    5. Resetting the image to its default settings
      2m 27s
    6. Understanding how to show and correct clipping
      5m 1s
    7. Synchronizing and copying settings
      6m 34s
    8. Viewing before and after
      2m 6s
    9. Quickly converting to black and white
      1m 37s
    10. Showing information overlays
      1m 4s
  11. 28m 16s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      5m 39s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      3m 40s
    3. Using Snapshots to save settings
      3m 36s
    4. Creating custom presets
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 37s
    6. Creating strong black-and-white conversions
      1m 54s
    7. Making better split-toning adjustments
      1m 27s
    8. Sharpening and improving the details in your photos
      2m 43s
    9. Soft proofing shortcuts
      3m 16s
  12. 18m 10s
    1. Exploring tool strip shortcuts
      54s
    2. Cropping and resetting a crop
      2m 10s
    3. Changing the crop overlay
      2m 35s
    4. Switching the crop orientation
      1m 28s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      2m 24s
    6. Making corrections with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 14s
    7. Using the Graduated Filter
      2m 25s
  13. 6m 18s
    1. Zooming in on the map and changing the map style
      1m 31s
    2. Finding a location and adding images
      3m 53s
    3. Adding GPS information and moving markers
      54s
  14. 9m 23s
    1. Viewing the book project
      1m 51s
    2. Toggling the visibility of guides
      2m 31s
    3. Working with type
      3m 23s
    4. Making selections
      1m 38s
  15. 8m 20s
    1. Playing an impromptu slideshow
      1m 52s
    2. Playing and viewing a slideshow
      1m 42s
    3. Creating a custom template and saving the slideshow
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting as PDF, JPEG, and video
      1m 51s
  16. 7m 28s
    1. Choosing the Print module and changing the page settings
      1m 21s
    2. Customizing the layout and viewing the guides
      2m 35s
    3. Modifying the print settings
      1m 51s
    4. Creating a custom template and saving the print
      1m 41s
  17. 3m 40s
    1. Exporting and reloading
      1m 30s
    2. Previewing in a browser and saving your web gallery
      2m 10s
  18. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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