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Another way that we can use curves is by taking advantage of Presets. What we can do is we can use and modify and then save these presets in some pretty interesting way. Well, here we have a photograph of my daughter and one of her good friends hiking up this trail, and let's say that what I want to do is I want to add some contrast to this image. Well, in order to do so, we'll navigate to the Adjustment Layers panel. We'll click on the Curves icon. Now once we do that, we have the option to either work on the curve here, or we can navigate up to this pulldown menu where we have a number of different options - some creative, some functional; for example, we could choose Cross Process, if we're interested in processing our images with a really creative look and feel.
Yet in this case, what I want to do is simply choose Increase Contrast. I want to boost the overall contrast. It's a pretty decent starting point for an image like this. Yet I find that it just doesn't quite work for me; rather, I want to bring up my mid tones, I don't want it to be quite so black. So now, I've tweaked this out just a bit. Let's look at the before and after. Here's before, and then here's after. Well, I want to take this further. I'm going to go to the Blue channel. Click and drag down to add a little bit of yellow. Green-Magenta channel click and drag down a little bit of magenta, and then the Red-Cyan channel, click and drag up to add a little bit of red.
So now, at this juncture, it has this really warm kind of glowing feel to it. Let's look at the before and after. If we click on the Eye icon, here's before, and then here's with the added contrast and color. Well, let's say at this stage, we really want to save this Curves Adjustment because we think we could use this on similar images, or in other situations. Well, to save this out as a Preset, here is all that we need to do. Click on the icon, the top right-hand corner in the Adjustment panel, then choose Save Curves Preset.
Next, we want to give this one a name, and I'll just go ahead and name this one co - contrast + color, and then I'm going to click Save. Well, now what I can do is actually access this particular set of adjustments simply by going to that menu. Let me show you what I mean, and then I'm going to delete this layer by pressing the Delete or Backspace key, and let's say, for example, that we just opened this image up. Let's say that we want to apply that preset that we've already created. All that we need to do is to click on the Curves icon and then go up to the Preset pulldown menu, and there you can see it will save your preset however you named it.
Click on that to select that option, and it will apply that particular Curve Adjustment to your photograph.
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