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Creating custom presets

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Creating custom presets

One of the ways that you can speed up your work flow, when working with the details panel, is to create what are called custom presets. And you can have specific custom presets which will allow you to sharpen and to reduce the noise in your photographs. Well let's take a look at how we can create one of our own custom presets right here inside of Camera Raw. In order to do that we'll begin with a typical work flow. We'll zoom in on the image. We'll make some adjustments in the details panel. Then we'll save those adjustments out in the presets panel, and we'll save this as a custom user preset.

Alright well here, let's zoom in on this photograph. To do so grab the zoom tool and then just click to zoom in and let's zoom in on the surfer here who is walking along the coastline at one of my all time favorite places. It's an amazing location. And what I want to do is take a look at the details we have. There was a lower white scenario, a much higher or high ISO so we have kind of some noise the image is a touch soft,let's fix it up. To do that we'll jump over to the detail panel.

In the detail panel I'm going to begin by attacking the noise, by getting rid of that. Here we'll bring up the luminance noise reduction. Drop some of the details back down. With the details and with the luminance noise reduction, when we have a little bit of gradation as we do in this image, I don't want to go too far because it, what it could do is you can lose a little bit of the sense of I don't know, I guess the detail or definition. So, I want to watch that. Keep those Details down. For the Sharpening, I'm going to drop my detail slider down to a really low amount, bring out some of the color noise reduction by increasing that value, I'll drop down the detail just looking to make sure that the sky area here which is an area where I see a few problems is looking good and I think it's a lot better so far.

Then we'll apply some sharpening. Here we'll drag our amount slider over to the right. As I do that, again I see I'm bringing out more structure in the image. I'll drop my detail down to zero bring up a little more luminance and often it's a give and take dance between these two groups of controls. Well what about limiting the sharpening to a few areas by increasing the masking? Let's do that one. Hold down the Option key on Mac, Alt on Windows and click and drag the masking slider to the right.

And all of these things that we're doing in a sense are kind of that typical work flow. And what modify these adjustments in ways where we would typically modify one of our images. You want to work with the real photograph and then dial in some general settings. And I think this is a pretty good general amount of sharpening and also noise reduction. And this will probably work with most photographs. So here when we click on the preview check box we see the before and after. We see that it's improving the photograph, but it isn't over the top or over done.

It's a nice subtle amount all the way around. Alright, well to save this out to preset, click on the tab the second one to the end here, the presets panel. Then at the base of this, there's an icon which looks like a page being turned. When you click on that it will open up the new preset dialogue. Here we want to name this one. I'll name it my initials CO-General. Then in the subset pull down menu, in order to work more quickly, just choose the option for details.

This will turn off all of those other things. So if you've modified the image in other ways it won't change or remember any of those settings. We just want this preset to affect our sharpening, our luminous noise reduction, and color noise reduction. So we'll go ahead and name this one CO General, and then we'll call it General Details. I think that's a better name. Then we'll click OK, and that will save this out as a preset. Well let's say that we want to general preset, but we want to details preset, which is a little bit higher.

So let's go back to the detail panel. Here in the detail panel, I'll apply even more sharpening. Maybe even bring in a little bit of noise there. And in doing this you can see that I've changed my settings and after having changed those settings, I want to create another preset that matches these settings. Again, to do that, jump to the Presets panel, click on the icon to create a new preset. Give this one a name. I'll name this one CO General- High Details. Then, we'll click on our subset pull-down menu, and choose details.

Let's adjust, save, these three. These three setting here in the details panel, and then we can click OK. The great thing about having presets which have a little bit of variation is that we can try em out on our photographs. Perhaps we want to try out this general one and see how it looks. When we click on that, it changes the settings in the details panel and changes the way our image appears. Or if we want to go a little bit higher, we could choose this option here. So in your own workflow, if you find yourself using certain settings time and time again.

What you can do is build out a whole set of different presets, which in turn will help you to speed up your workflow. And what I find is that typically I'll create a preset, say like this one here, and I'll go to apply it and I'll apply it and it will look good but it won't look perfect. So after having applied it, I jump back, and then I make a few little adjustments in order to have it work well with the photograph that I'm on. Yet still, even though I have to make those small adjustments, it's better than starting from scratch, and at least for me, this helps me to work more quickly.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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Chris Orwig
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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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