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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.
Taking a look at some of the presets that are common with the Adjustment Layers, will help us to quickly discover what the different Adjustments Layers do. So, let's add a huge Saturation Adjustment Layer to this image, and in the Properties Panel, you can see that we have an area for preset. Now not all of the Adjustment Layers have this, but several of them do. So I would recommend you take the time and just click through them on your own. But let's take a look at what Hue Saturation has to offer. I'm going to choose Siena type, and see what that does to the image.
So here it might be that you may have never even noticed that there is a colorized option that you could toggle on and off. Sure enough, there's without and there's with. So now we can see how these presets can help us. If we want to increase the saturation more, I can see that just this Saturation Slider was used. We go to Old Style, we can see that we're Desaturating. So you can see how just selecting these different presets, and looking at what sliders were changed, can kind of help you figure out what's going on, or what can be accomplished in each one of these Adjustment Layers.
If you find something that you like, but you want to just refine it a little bit. Let's say we like this Sepia tone but, I might want a little bit more saturation. If I make my own adjustments and want to Save these as my own preset, I can use the Flyout menu right here, and then choose to Save a Hue Saturation preset. I'll go ahead and name this with my initials so that I know that I made it, and I'll call this Sepia plus Sat, so that I know that I've added more saturation. And I'm going to Save it in the default location, which is right here in the hue saturation folder. You can see that if I Click and Hold, I can actually look at the entire path of where the folder is located.
So in my user log on, under Library, Application Support, in the Adobe folder or the Adobe Photoshop CC, presets, Hue, and Saturation. So don't worry, it takes you there to the right location by default. So just Save it there, but you should just know that this is where all your presets are Saved, in case you wanted to Copy them and maybe take them to a different computer somewhere. All right. We'll click Save. And now when I return back to the preset area, you can see the one that we just created. And this preset will remain. So even after I close this document, when I open up another one, I can apply the same preset to multiple files.
So now you know if you aren't sure what an Adjustment Layer does, you can use the different presets, and they can help you learn what that adjustment is capable of, as well as speed up your workflow by creating presets.
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