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Creating custom presets

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When it comes to speeding up the way

Creating custom presets

When it comes to speeding up the way that you improve the details in your photographs, one of the ways that you can do that, is by creating and using custom presets. Let's take a look at how we can create a few custom presets which will help us to improve the sharpness and the noise reduction in our images. We'll be working with this photograph here. And first, because I have my panels closed on the left, I need to click on this icon in order to open them up. You can do the same. Then, open up the presets panel.

Inside of the presets panel, you'll find a number of different folders and presets which are pre-installed. These allow us to affect color and tone, and do other things as well. We can use this user preset, or we can also create our own custom folder. Let me show you how you can do that. Simply position your cursor anywhere over this window, then right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose the option of New Folder. Again that's a right or Ctrl+click. Let's choose New Folder. And the new folder that I'm going to name here is just my initials, CO, and then details presets.

In this way, all of my detail presets will be in one location. I'll click Create and that will then create a new folder for us here. You can see I actually already have one, I'll talk about that later but for this movie, we'll focus in on the one which we just created. Alright, we're onto building and crafting and creating this preset. Let's go to the Detail panel and let's do what we know how to do, and that is to use these controls to improve this picture. Click on this icon here, to zoom into 100%, and begin to analyze what you see.

What I see is some color noise and some luminance noise. I want to tackle that issue first. So here I'll bring up my luminance noise reduction amount there. I'll drop the detail down, a little bit less detail in that area. And bring a little bit of contrast up as well. Color noise and to keep that as low as I can, perhaps right around there, and drop the detail down. I think that's pretty good for this picture. What I'm looking to do here is to create a general preset which I can use as a starting point as I start to process my images.

Alright, I think we're going in a decent direction. Next for the sharpening. We'll drag the sharpening amount to the right. In doing that I noticed I brought back and sharpened all of the texture and small little details there. So, I'm going to drop my detail amount back down to zero. I even bring in some masking and if you want to view the mask, press and hold option on a MAC, Alt on Windows and then drag that over to the right. This will allow us to do some sharpening which is more focused on the edges. Alright, I think we're at a pretty good place as far as a kind of a default general starting point.

And once you get to that place, you can save out all of these settings really easily by going to the presets panel and clicking on the Plus icon. When you click on the Plus icon it will open up a dialog here, telling you you can build a new develop preset. We want to save this one inside of our folder. So select the folder, or you can use the default folder as well if you want to, either way is fine. Here I'll select my folder, though. Let's give this one a name, I'm just going to call this one General, and then next we want to check the settings which we want to apply.

You can chose Check None if there are more selected and manually just click on those options. Sharpening, Noise Reduction, and Process Version when sure for the best results. Then, click Create in order to build and create that pre-set. There it is, we have it! We can now use that on other pictures. Let's explore how we can do that. Here I'll click on this photograph, and I'm going to zoom out so you can see it a little bit better. This is a picture of the Disney Concert Hall. It's a raw file, it needs some work done to it.

So I'll zoom back in on an area of the picture, perhaps this is good area. And rather than going to detail panel and changing my amount and my sliders, I'll go to the preset panel. And here I'll click on the preset which will allow me to apply all of these settings that we have here. And you know what, I think this is a really good starting point. It isn't perfect for this photograph because this picture has a lot of blue sky, and I see some more luminance noise in that area. So it looks like my luminance slider needs to go up, my detail slider needs to go down.

This one also needs to have these edges sharpened more. Typically when I want more edge or more defined edge, I bring my radius slider over to the right. And here we've created another variation of this version of sharpening or detail work. And we're able, I think, to accomplish it more quickly because we started out with that preset which we had created. Now if you get to a point like we've gotten to here and you say, you know what, I want to save out these settings as well and maybe I'll use these on a different photograph.

Well you can always go back to the presets panel, click on the Plus icon, give this one a name. We'll name this one general edge dash sky. Because this is the preset where I have good edge detail and also reduces the noise in the sky. You can name these really however you want. And the naming convention kind of depends upon how many presets you think you'll actually use. Some people in regards to their detail just have a few, others have a lot. So in this case, I'll just keep my name really simple.

Make sure I'm using sharpening, noise reduction and process version for the preset. Then click Create, and then you can have that here saved inside of your folder. And the great thing about these type of presets is you simple click on them and you can see how the sliders change. And if you have a set of presets it can be helpful to click through a few. Select the one that gives you the best results, then go back and make any needed adjustments in order to make the details even better.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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