Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and applying Camera Raw presets, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training.
As you get more advanced in camera raw you'll notice that there are certain settings, or different effects that you like to apply to images over and over again. So lets see how we can speed up this process using presets. With this first image, I'm going to make a number of different changes to it. I'll start in the lens correction panel, I'll remove chromatic aberration and enable profile correction. Then I'll return to the basic panel. I'm going to change the profile to landscape. Then I'll scroll down, I'm going to increase the clarity to 20, and also increase the saturation to 15.
Another setting I often change is the HSL. I often de-saturate the skies. So I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut command option shift and then s, and that automatically selects the targeted adjustment tool, and it takes me to the HSL adjustments panel. So now I can quickly click and then drag down in order to de-saturate my blues, and I'm going pretty far here because I'm also going to use the luminate adjustment and then click and drag down in order to darken down the sky value as well.
Then I'll move to the effects panel. Where I'll add just a small vingette, I'm going to change the style to color priority. This is about minus 20 or so, and increase the feather to 100. I'll move in the mid-point just a little bit. Now if this is a style that I want to be able to achieve with consistency, because it's something I want to provide for my client, or its just something I really like. Then I'm going to save out a preset. I'll click on the preset tab, and at the bottom I'll click to add a new preset.
I don't want to save everything within this preset, but I do want to save a variety of things, so I'll start with the treatment and profile. Then I'm going to skip over all the toning options. But I'm going to add clarity, and I'm also going to add saturation. Then I'll move down and include the HSL adjustments. As well as the lens profile corrections. But I'm not going to include the post-crop vignetting, and that's because a lot of times I'll apply this effect, but I'll change the effect.
Sometimes I might want a light vingette, or a border, and sometimes I might want a dark vingette. So I'm not going to include that. I will scroll down however and include the process version. And just something to point out here that's really convenient, if I wanted to add the auto settings in the basic panel for auto tone, I could go ahead and include that here, and even though the preset would set very specific numbers for all these other sliders.
It would apply the auto tone on a per image basis. So depending on the content of the image, you would get a different result for the auto toning. But for now I'll leave that off. And I will call this JK Boost with de-sat sky. I'll save it in my user presets, but you can create as many folders as you want for the presets panel. For now, I'll click OK. And we can see, in user presets there is my new preset.
Now before I start applying this preset to other images, I want to create two other presets that will control the vingetting. So I'll click on the new preset icon. This time I only want to select the post-crop vingetting. And I'll title this vingette dark. I'll click OK, then return to the effects panel. And create a different vingette, this time just creating a white border that has a nice soft edge.
I'll return to presets, click the new preset icon, select the post crop vingetting and call it vingette white soft. I'll click OK, and now we can see that I have these three different presets. So this way I can mix and match the vingette that I'm adding with the boost preset. So I'll move to the next image. Choose the boost, which will de-saturate the sky.
And then choose the vingette dark. But on the final image, while I still want that same preset to boost and de-saturate the sky. In this case, I want a vingette that has a nice white soft border. As you can see when I applied the preset to boost this image, I actually think the HSL adjustment is a little bit too strong, so while the preset got me 90% of the way there, I can always go in and refine any of these adjustments.
So I'm going to pull the luminance value back a little bit on my HSL adjustments. And then I might also just pull back the blues here, get a little more saturation in that image. And the best thing about presets, is once you've created them, they're always going to be available in camera raw. So I can use them with other images tomorrow or at any time. So there you go, once you've created your presets, it becomes very easy and efficient to apply them to multiple images in camera raw.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective problems
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color casts and making creative color adjustments
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating your workflow
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images