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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
As you get more advanced in Camera Raw you'll notice that there are certain effects or looks that you like to apply to images over and over again. So let's see how we can speed up that process. I'll selecting this GladdingMB image and then uses Cmd+R or Ctrl+R in order to open it into Camera Raw. Now, the first thing that I want to do is I want to convert ths image to grayscale, so I'll select the HSL grayscale panel and then convert to grayscale. And I also want to add a sepia tone to this image, so we'll scoot over to the split toning, and I'll change y hue lsider to right about 30 and then increase the saturation.
I want to change the balance a little bit to just add the sepia tone in the very dark areas, in those shadow areas of my image. Now I also want to add a vignette, so I'll move over to the effects panel and I'll use a negative amount to get a darker vignette. I'll switch to the color priority. I'll increase my feather amount and I'll also increase the highlight slider in case there are any highlights being darkened down, like especially specular highlights because I don't want them to look muddy. Now that I've made all of these changes I can save out these changes as presets in order to apply to different images.
But there's two schools of thought behind presets. You can either save individual attributes, like the post-crop vignette, the conversion to grayscale, and the split tone as individual presets or you can save them all as one preset. So let's take a look at why each of these different methods would be useful. In order to save out our presets, I'm going to click on the presets panel, and then I'll click on the New preset icon at the bottom of the panel. Now, we should pay attention to the way that we name these presets, because they're going to be listed alphabetical.
So I'm going to call the first one vignette. And then, I'm going to call it my black vignette. And all I want to keep track of, in this case, is just the post-crop vignetting. So this is how you would save out a preset for a single attribute. I'll click okay and we can see that I now have a preset for vignette black. I'm going to create another preset. In this case, I'm going to call it the sepia tone, that split tone, but in order for all of my toning presets to be clumped together in the presets panel, I'm going to start off with ST for split tone and then I'll call it sepia. Then, instead of selecting all my settings, all I want to choose are my split toning setting.
And finally, I'll create one more. In this case, I just want to save the greyscale conversion. So, I'll select that. And we'll call this black and white. So now I have three different presets that I can choose from. I'm also going to save a preset that saves all three of these attributes. So at the bottom of the presets panel, we'll click New and I'll call this my default sepia. Now instead of unchecking these manually, I'll just select the grey scale conversion, but then I'll need to go in and check split toning as well as the post-crop vignette. So now let's return back to my Split Toning panel. And instead of making a sepia tone.
I'm going to scoot this over so that we create a cyanotype. And I'm really going to limit, where those blues appear. Then I'll return back to my presets. I'll click the new preset icon. And this is another split tone. So I'll tap S and then T, and then a Space and Cyan. For my subset, I'll choose my split toning and click okay. I also want to return back to the effects and change my post-crop vignette. In this case, I'm going to make a negative amount to make a lighter vignette or a white vignette, and then return back to my presets, create a new preset, I'll call it vignette.
And then white, and for my subset, I'll select post crop vignetting. Now, we can see that it's very easy to move back and forth and you'll notice that I can really mix and match. I can mix the cyan split toning with either a black vignette or a white vignette, and likewise I can mix my sepia toning with a black vignette or a white vignette. But if I happen to know that I'm always using the sepia tone with the black vignette and the grayscale conversion, that's why I created the default sepia.
So now with a single click, I can click on that to apply all three of those attributes at once. So really it depends on how much flexibility you want as far as if you're going to save single attributes or a bunch of attributes as one single preset. All right, let's go ahead and Click Done to return back to Bridge and let's see how easy it is to apply these Presets to another image. So I'll Select this next image, use Command or Ctrl+R, in order to Open it in Camera Raw. Move over to the presets panel and if I just want to add my default sepia, I can do so with a single click or if I want to change this to cyan with a white vignette all I need to do is click on those individual presets then we'll click done.
Now, I don't have to return to Camera RAW if I want to apply presets to these following two images. I'll ahead and select them both in Bridge, and then I can right mouse-click or if you're on the Mac, that's a control click, choose Develop settings. You'll notice that all of the presets that we created are now available to select. We can do it all in one step. So even now we're only selecting two images to apply the preset to. But you can select 10, or 20, or even hundreds of images, an apply a preset to them all at once, which can save you a ton of time while editing.
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