Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying Camera Raw presets in Bridge, part of Exploring Adobe Camera Raw: Workflow Power Tips.
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Once you have created your own custom presets, you can actually take advantage of them by applying them to your photographs from right inside of Bridge so that you don't even have to go to Adobe Camera Raw. Let me show you how that works. Here you can see in this folder Maddie, I have a few different portraits, and with these portraits, it was all about the hats here. And what I want to do is, I want to convert these images to black and white, or at least try that out. So you can select a single image, then right click or control click on the image. This will open up a contextual menu and here about three-quarters of the way down we're looking for Develop Settings, and at the bottom of that, it will list your presets.
If you have a lot of presets you'll be able to see them all. Here I just have a couple. What I want to do is try out one of these black and white portrait presets that I've created. I want to try out the one with high contrast, so I think that will work better with this type of an image. And you can see it's applying all of those settings without you even having to go to Camera Raw. Now if you want to apply this to multiple images, you could click on one, hold down the command key and click on another. That's command on a Mac, I should say, and control on Windows. Right click or control click.
Again, go to that same spot, Develop Settings, then choose the preset, and here you can see it will apply the preset to those images. Now if you have a whole set of photographs, like you want to apply it to all of these images, just click on the first image in the set, hold down the shift key and click on the last image in the set, then right click or control click, and do the same exact thing as we've done before. And the advantage of being able to do this is sometimes it will just get you closer to where you might want to be with the image. You might need to fine tune it further.
I find with most presets, they're good but they're not perfect, right? So, for example, with this image here, I want to crop this image a little bit. So I would press command R on a Mac, control R on Windows. I would select the Crop tool, with the Crop tool I'm just going to choose a normal crop. And then I'll just click and drag this in a little bit, just to change the composition and the way that this looks. And I want to add a little bit more contrast and change the overall look that we have there, and then click Done in order to apply that to the photograph.
So that just sped up my workflow, rather than having to worry about the detail, and the hsl panels and all that. It got it there a little bit quicker. So as you can see, you can use this method in order to speed up your workflow. It's not something you're going to use all the time with all of your images, but it's worthwhile to know about, because in some situations it can really, really help out. All right, last but not least, after you process the images, if you've decided, you know what, you want to go back to their default and original settings, you don't like the way that these look, just select the file, right-click or control-click, go to Develop Settings, and you have an option to choose Camera Raw Defaults.
What that will do is, it will remove all of the settings that you've applied and bring it back to its default state.
- Working with Bridge and Photoshop
- Opening raw and nonraw files
- Syncing settings across files
- Using presets
- Recording actions