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Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets


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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

with Julieanne Kost

Video: Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets

As you become more and more familiar with Camera Raw, you'll probably notice that there are certain effects or looks that you like to apply to your images over and over again. So let's see how we can speed up that process. I'll select all four of the mushroom images and then open them in Camera Raw. On the first image, let's make a few simple adjustments. I'll go to the HSL/Grayscale and we'll convert this to black and white. Then I'll click on the Split Toning panel, and we can add a slight sepia tone to the image.
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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training
10h 30m Beginner Apr 26, 2012

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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.

The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Organizing images in Bridge
  • Adding metadata such as copyrights and keywords
  • Editing in Camera Raw versus in Photoshop
  • Retouching in Camera Raw
  • Batch processing files
  • Customizing the Photoshop workspaces
  • Choosing a file format and resolution
  • Cropping, scaling, and rotating images
  • Working with layers, including merging and flattening layers
  • Creating selections and layer masks
  • Toning and changing the color of images
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Retouching and cloning
  • Creating panoramas from multiple images
  • Adding filters and sharpening
  • Working with blend modes
  • Adding type
  • Working with video in Photoshop CS6
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Julieanne Kost

Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets

As you become more and more familiar with Camera Raw, you'll probably notice that there are certain effects or looks that you like to apply to your images over and over again. So let's see how we can speed up that process. I'll select all four of the mushroom images and then open them in Camera Raw. On the first image, let's make a few simple adjustments. I'll go to the HSL/Grayscale and we'll convert this to black and white. Then I'll click on the Split Toning panel, and we can add a slight sepia tone to the image.

And finally, I'll go to my Effects panel and we'll add just kind of a mild darkening of the edges with the Post Crop Vignetting. If this is a look that I want to either achieve consistently, because it's something that I want to print for my clients, or it's just something that I really like, I'm going to save out a preset. So here in my Preset panel, I'll click the New Preset icon. But here is where you have to kind of decide how you're going to create your presets, because there is two kind of thoughts.

You can either create a preset for each individual attribute--so for example I could create a preset to make the image black and white, I could create another preset to add the vignette, and I could create another preset to add the sepia tone. What that allows me to do is kind of mix and match, so I could make a dark vignette and a light vignette, and then I could quickly swap in between those. The other school of thought is you could make your preset that contains all of those attributes so that you have a set look with just a single click.

Let's go ahead and do it both ways. The first way is I'm going to just save first the vignette. So we'll go to Post Crop Vignetting. That's the only option that's toggled on. And I will call this Vignette, and I will call it Black, and click OK, and you can see that I have my first preset. Let's create another preset. In this case, I want to create the split toning. So I'll call this ST for split tone, and then Sepia.

There's actually a reason why I'm starting it with ST, and that is I want to make sure that all of the presets that I create for toning images are alphabetically in the same area. If I just call one Sepia and then Cyanotype, I'm going to have a much more difficult time picking those presets from the panel. So I'll click OK. We have our second preset. I'll make one more. And this is simply going to keep our grayscale conversion, so this one I'll just call Black and White.

Now, let's move to another image and apply some different settings. In this case, I will use the preset as a starting point to convert the image to black and white, but then I'll click on the Split Toning and instead of making a sepia-tone image, I'm going to actually make it more of a cyanotype. I think that's a little bit strong, so let's back off on the Saturation, then move over to the Presets, and create a new preset. This time it would be ST for Split Tone.

But then I'll call it Cyan. I want to make sure that it's only keeping track of the split toning, and click OK. And we'll create one more by going over to our effects. And this time, I'm going to add a lighter vignette, just so that we can see the difference between them. In fact, let's go ahead and eliminate the feather. We'll make it rectangular and just bring in that midpoint. So that's obviously very different from the black vignette that we applied. You can see a little bit of sepia tone in that edge.

If I don't want that, I should just simply push the Amount to +100 to make sure that I have a crisp white edge. We go to the Presets again. This time I'll click New. Again, I'm going to start this with Vignette. That way, it will appear near the Black Vignette, but I'll call this White, and then how about HE for hard-edge vignette? And I only want to keep track of the Post Crop Vignetting. Now, what this enables us to do is move to another image and then mix and match.

I can see, for example, what this would look like if I added that cyan split tone on top of it. Now, that's kind of an interesting effect because I didn't actually take the image to grayscale. What about if I add sepia? See how that's a very different effect than if I combined the black and white and the sepia together? And now I can choose whether I want the black vignette or the white vignette and I can always change my mind and go back to maybe the cyan split tone. So you can see how flexible these presets are when you save them this way.

But again, if you know that you want a specific look, and you want that look consistently, for example, you know you want to take your image to black and white, you know you want your image to have a sepia tone, and you know you want it to have the darker vignette, then go ahead and apply all of those changes to your image, click the New Preset icon and in this case, let's start with the grayscale conversion, but let's also include the Split Toning as well as the Post Crop Vignette. Then we could call this something different, like B/W + Sepia + dark edge.

Then I'll click OK. If we move to our last and final image, and I want to just apply all of those changes with a single click, all I need to do is click on the Black and White, Sepia, and Dark Edge preset. So you can see how easy it is to automate Camera Raw with presets in order to get those special effects or those looks that you really like applied to your images. In fact, there's one more super shortcut that I just want to show you. Let's go ahead and click Done, and then I'm just going to select one of the images-- in fact, let's do one that we haven't converted to sepia--and I'll choose the Edit menu again.

And this time, when we go to Develop Settings, you'll notice that you can see all of those presets that you've created. So in the future, you wouldn't even need to open your file into Camera Raw if you have a preset that you want to apply; you would simply add it from this list. So I can add the B/W + Sepia + dark edge, and my image is instantly updated. So, there you have it! Obviously, we just selected one image to apply that preset, but you could select 10 images or 100 images and select the preset and apply it to all of those images at once.

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