Presets

The more photos I process, the more I appreciate presets in all my programs. I have come to the point where I have created, or will create presets for most of the processing functions I do. Not only does this speed up the developing process for my photography, but it works as a reminder of things I have tried in the past.

 In this Topaz screen capture, you can see the list of presets on the left. Create your own and add to the list.

In this Topaz screen capture, you can see the list of presets on the left. Create your own and add to the list.

Many times, if I have an idea, I look through my presets to see what I have done in the past. I then will choose one of my existing presets, and if need be, I will tweek it to fit my vision for the photo. I, of course, will save the tweek as a new (or altered), preset for future use.

I don't know how many times in the past I did the same moves over and over again, thinking that each picture was different somehow, and that I needed to start from scratch when processing it. I soon realized that 95% of the photos I work on are somewhat similar to those I have done in the past. Creating sets of presets in programs like Lightroom, Photoshop and all the plugin programs I use, like OnOne, Topaz, Silver Efex Pro, etc. help to speed up my work, and give me a broader range of ideas to review while working on a photo.

If you have not created your own presets while working on your photos, I recommend that you start now. For how to create a preset, choose your help file for the program you are working in and type in 'presets'.

Have a great photographic day!... Dan