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Camera Raw: Snapshots and Presets

Lesson 46 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

Camera Raw: Snapshots and Presets

Lesson 46 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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46. Camera Raw: Snapshots and Presets

Save your spot during an edit using a snapshot. If you find the perfect mix of adjustments, save it as a preset for later use.
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Camera Raw: Snapshots and Presets

we have just a couple more things to talk about in adobe camera rob. Those are presets and snapshots. These snapshots work similar to some of the things that we already talked about in the history palette where we're undoing things and saving our spot. We can do a similar thing in adobe camera raw and we can even do more advanced things by saving free sets. So let's hop into Photoshop and what we're going to do is going to go open, we're going to open a file here, we're gonna open concha dot DMG. This is a raw file. Let's open that up. And now we have our adobe camera raw um interface here. Now what we can do is that the very lower part here, we have snapshots and you can see we have like this new little page here, that's to create a new one. And then so let's work on this for just a second. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna go in, we have this image, I'm going to change the color temperature just a little bit and in fact I'm gonna make this a black and white image and I think may...

be that's what I want to do, I'm not quite sure. So what I can do is then go to snapshots and create a new snapshot and I'm gonna say this is black and white. There we go, that's my black and white edit. Like I'm not so sure about that. So now I'm gonna go back to my edit menu. I'm gonna put this back and take this off of that and I've got this weird color temperature. Let me see if I can fix that. I don't like this, the skin tones. Maybe let's make this a little bit blue. That's sort of cool. Let's take these shadows up a little bit, maybe the exposure up a little bit. Yeah. Now there's something that I sort of like there. Um So without further ado I'm gonna say that's my blue version, that's the blue thing I'm working on. So I'm gonna click snapshot there and I'm gonna say this is my blue version. Okay that's sort of cool. Now let's go back here and let's do a couple of other things. Maybe this is a horizontal image and I want some color to come back, sort of a gray but instead of this I think what I'd like to do is Let's do a five x seven more of a vertical shot. And I'm gonna make this really skinny. I'm gonna crop this in. So it's it's really vertical. So now I've got a vertical image that's cool. And then maybe one of the other things we can do here is go down here too. The effects man, I want to put a vignette on this, something like that. Okay it's not perfect but it's a it's a new version. So I'm gonna go in here to my snapshots and then I'm gonna say this is my vertical, this is my vertical shot. So now in this I have my blue version got my black version black and white and my vertical at any moment I can go back to any of these edits and either open them in Photoshop or work on them a little bit more or do some things. Now the other thing that you can do, let's say we have this black and white version, notice that if I right click on that I can update that with current settings. So let's say that I have the black and white and I want to do a little bit more to it. So in this black and white here I want to go in and I want to take the the shadows up a lot more than what we had. Maybe this exposure needs to go up really a lot more. I want to take the clarity up a lot more. The whites up a lot more. Okay so I'm getting some different texture than I had before. I think that's a better black and white version. I can go back to this black and white right click it and I can say update it with my current settings. So I just made a new black and white snapshot of the things that I just did and so you can always go in and make adjustments to these and update them. They're really cool. So I'm gonna go here to my blue version and let's say that I just like this sort of formula, I like the color temperature. I like the contrast, I like all this stuff and maybe I'm gonna be working on many, many different photos of this photo set and I want to apply these to some future images. Maybe I'm gonna have different models coming in, I don't have to recreate this over and over. What I can do is create a preset. So over here on the right hand side, you see these two little circles here and I can click on that and now I have all these different things that show up. But what I want to do is I want to click on this little create new, create preset and then I want to create this blue um model look and then I want to put this in a group, my presets marks, presets and then what I want to do is check all of the different things that I've done. So you can save just the basic adjustments, you can save all of the different optical things you can do, you can say you know what I want to make sure that I have my color grading or not so you can choose to include or exclude all of these different things I'm gonna say I want to save everything and click Ok now what I can do is I have if I have a different image and I want to apply these things so I'm going to say done and then I'm gonna open a different raw file so I'm gonna go in here and I'm going to open a different file and so let's say that we open uh wanna dot DMG, why not? Let's open that raw file. And now for this, I want to say, I want to apply all those settings now, they're probably gonna look wacky because all of the adjustments were shot in a different uh studio and different lighting setup. But let's just go to the marks preset. So we have this blue model, look, if I click on that, it's set all of those to this image, it's the black background is blue, All that's cool. The other thing you'll notice here in these presets, I have a bunch of these that I've already created. So a lot of times when I'm creating um working on a series of images and I know I'm going to apply those same adjustments to other images, I'll just save a preset and then I can apply those to everything I do in the future. The nice thing is as a side note, if you're working in lightroom, the presets that you create in Lightroom also show up here in adobe camera, raw and vice versa. You can share those between the two applications, It's pretty cool. And also adobe has presets that are built in and so you've got color presets, you can say this is natural or bright or high contrast, you can do all of those different things, There's some creative presets in here, de saturated color, soft mist, warm. Um you got it, it's all there. There's also on the internet, there are marketplaces where you can buy presets for adobe camera raw for wedding portraits, for scenic portraits, for all kinds of things. And so you can install those in adobe camera and use those sort of off the shelf for people that have created a bunch of color grading and things. It's a really, really cool thing. As you work more and more in Photoshop, you're going to get more and more presets. You're gonna build all of those things and include those an adobe camera raw. Now there's one other thing I want to show you before we go here and that is what if you're using an image that's not a raw image and you want all of the power of adobe camera raw. Well, there's good news so to show you this, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go to Photoshop and I'm going to open a jpeg file. Okay, so what we're going to do is we're going to open wanna dot jpeg. So this is not a raw file. In fact, let's do this, let's open cami in the rain. It's a jpeg file. We know that for sure. There's no other version. We're going to open this file in Photoshop. I'm going to unlock the background as usual. So that is unlocked and now we have this image here and Photoshop now what we wanna do is we want to do all the adjustments that we would normally do in camera but we can't because this is a Jpeg file. The good news is if you go to filter you can see that there is a camera raw filter. If I click on that you'll see that camera raw opens. Now I can do all the things on a jpeg image that I used to do on a raw image. Now there is a big difference here. So this is the same camera, you have all of the same tools, everything is the same. Um So you can use that filter in Photoshop to do all the same adjustments except it's not making an adjustment to a raw file. So you're not gonna have the same bit depth, you're not gonna have the same color uh information, you're not gonna have the same resolution and its destructive. So when you make those images in camera raw and the filter and hit ok, they're applied to the image that they are there forever. So make sure you use non destructive techniques if you use the camera raw filter, create a new layer and then make all of those adjustments and then save it as a new layer. Or if you can create a smart filter and use that instead. So there are different ways to use camera Raw. Not just with raw files, it's a really powerful tool that we'll be using later on when we do some image retouching here in Photoshop. So explain, play with that quite a bit. Take these raw files that I've included, try adjusting them, saving presets using the built in presets and then try using the camera raw filter and see what you get. You're gonna have a lot of fun.

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Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.

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