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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this chapter, we are going to take a look at how we can work with the Presets panel in order to speed up our workflow, and in particular here, I simply want to begin to talk about how we can create just two really basic presets. Now, the first one you want to create is based on your default settings. So in the Basic panel, you click on Default. That kind of takes everything back to normal, so to speak. Next, we are going to go ahead and navigate over to our Presets panel, either by clicking on the tab or by pressing Command+Option+8 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+8 on Windows.
The next thing we want to do is simply click on the New icon down here. We will go ahead and call this one default. And currently, what its doing is it's going to apply this to all of these different settings here. That sounds fine. We will click OK. Well, now that we have this default preset, let's go back to the Basic panel, or for that matter, go back to any of the other panels that we want to make changes in. In this case, I am going to make just a couple of simple changes. I will warm the image up, add a little bit of Fill Light, little bit of Recovery, decrease the Contrast a bit, and just try to find a way to process this image so that it looks nice, and this distinct sunset type of light here, and I think this is looking better.
I will press the P key. Here we have our before. Press the P key again. There we have after. The only other thing I want to do is correct the vignetting around the corners. So I will go over here to my Lens Correction panel, and I will just click and drag this to the right a little bit. All right. Well now that I have made some changes in one or more panels, I need to go back to the Presets panel. Now in the Presets panel, I will click on that tab, and then I will go ahead and click on the New icon. What I am going to do is give this one a name.
Because these photos were part of an engagement session, I will go ahead and name this one eng for engagement. I will just call this eng - c1 for Correction 1. And then, I will go ahead and click OK. Now, the nice thing about having these two presets is that if I think that this preset isn't very good, well to able to go back to the previous or the default setting, I can simply click on that, and it will take it back to normal, or I can click on this new particular preset here. Now, what we can also do is extend this a little bit further so that we have even more functional control over how to use these presets, and then apply them to other images.
So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that in the next few movies.
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