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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
In this brief chapter I want to focus in on Presets and while this chapter is brief it's nonetheless some really valuable information that you can use to speed up your workflow so that you can be more functional and also a lot more creative. Well, here you can see I have this set of photographs open and let's say that what I want to do is I want to create a kind of a black-and-white sepia-toned preset that I can then apply to multiple pictures. Let's explore how we can do that in Camera Raw and also how can take advantage of presets in Adobe Bridge.
The first thing that we need to do is to process our pictures. Here I'm going to make a few adjustments with these sliders; I'm just going to do this in a way that it's going to change the characteristics of this one picture. We'll desaturate the photograph and then I'll go to the Split Toning panel. Now what exactly you use for your presets is really up to you. Again, it's just completely up to the style that you want to create for your photograph. As I mentioned in my pictures here what I want to do is apply this contrast black-and-white effect where I'm using my Basic and also my Split Toning panels.
To create the preset, you navigate to the Presets panel. Next, you can click on the new icon and I'll name this one sepia. I can then choose what settings I want to include in this preset; here I can choose everything or I could just make a specific selection. For this preset I'll choose all of these settings and then click OK. Well, how then can we apply this preset to other images? Well, you can either click one or more photographs and then simply click on the preset name in order to apply it, or as I mentioned you can click on other pictures, hold down the Command key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows to select multiple images in the filmstrip, and then select the preset name.
So here you can see all of these photographs, which were some engagement pictures, have this sepia tone applied to it. Well, let's say that we've created this preset but then we've decided to exit Camera Raw and not apply any of these settings. To do that we'll click Cancel and then we're going to click Yes, which by doing that we're agreeing to cancel all of our changes. In other words, Camera Raw is not going to modify our images in any way, shape, or form. They're just as they were.
Now to apply one of our presets we can right-click on one or more photograph, and then in this contextual menu, if you go down to Develop Settings, you'll notice below your options we have the presets that we've created. In this case, I'll choose the sepia tone preset and it will apply that here in Bridge without ever needing to go to Adobe Camera Raw. To apply this to multiple images click on one, hold down Command or Ctrl, and then click on others. Next, right-click, go to Develop Settings and once again choose that preset, and it will then apply all of those settings to this group of photographs.
So far I focused in on how we can create our own presets, yet there's a whole other world out there of presets which are created by other people or other companies that we can take advantage of as well. So in the next movie I want to highlight just a couple of places that you can navigate to in order to find some more information about other presets that you might want to integrate into your workflow.
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