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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.
Since now we know that we're not going to use the Image Adjustments menu and instead we're going to use the Adjustments layer, let's go ahead and add one so that we can take a look at the Options. A lot of these Adjustment layers have Presets at the top that will be displayed in the Properties panel. The Presets are really a great place to start, if you're not sure what you want to do with that panel. You might not know, for example that in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, you can turn your image into a Cyanotype. When you select that Preset you can then look at the slider Settings for Hue, Saturation, and Lightness and you'll notice that there is a Colorize option that's turned on.
You may never have even noticed that that Colorize option was there unless you tried some other Preset. We can go and increase our Saturation or increase it a lot, I think we'll just stay with the simple increase, we could see what Old Style looks like, it looks like it's been faded a bit, we could give it a Red Boost to really pop the Red or make it look like Sepia. You'll notice that every time you select a new Preset the New Preset Settings are replacing the old ones. And if you change these sliders and you decide that there is a combination that you really like, you can use the fly-out menu to actually save your own presets.
As soon as I select Save Preset we'll call this Color Shift and Photoshop will automatically save those settings in the correct folder. In this case it happens to be in my User folder in the Library, Application Support, Adobe, CS6, Presets and Hue and Saturation. The reason I point this out, is if you create the preset on one machine and you want to take it to another machine, it might be handy to know where that preset lives. I'll go ahead click Save and then you'll notice that Preset appears in my dropdown menu.
So viewing the Presets that ship with the product might introduce you to different ways to use those adjustments that you might not think of and then when you discover effects that you like, you can go ahead and save those out as Presets and share them with your friends. So be sure to explore all of the different adjustment layers that have Presets, because they might show you different ways that you can use those adjustment layers that you might not have thought of. And when you discover effects or different settings that you like, be sure to save them as Presets, so that you can apply them to different images.
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