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Applying Presets in ACDSee Pro 6

2013-09-05 16:14:15 GMT

We know you’re always looking for ways to speed up your workflow, and we’ve been trying to give you lots of ways to do so. Earlier this week we shared how to create presets, now we’re going to share with you how to apply those presets.

Applying a preset to a single image:

  1. Click a develop setting button from the top of the pane, tab, or group.
  2. From the menu, select a preset.
    The image is updated with the selected preset.



Note: You can also apply presets to an image in the filmstrip. Select an image in the filmstrip, right-click and select Apply Preset. Then select the preset you want to apply to the image. The image is updated with the selected preset.

To apply a preset to a single image in View mode:

  1. In Manage mode, select an image and click the View tab.
    The image opens in view mode.
  2. Right-click on the image and select Process | Apply Preset.
  3. Select the preset you want to apply to the image.
    The image is updated with the selected preset.



Applying a preset to multiple images helps to save time, and improve efficiency of your workflow.

To apply a preset to a batch of images:

  1. In Manage mode, select the images that you want to apply a preset.
  2. Click Tools | Process | Apply preset and then select a preset.
    The thumbnail images are updated to reflect the preset applied.



There you have it! You are a pro at using presets now. And just to be nice, here are a few bonus preset tips:

Renaming preset

You can rename a preset at any time.

To rename a preset:

  1. Click the develop settings button.
  2. Select Manage Presets.
  3. In the Manage Presets dialog, select a preset and click Rename.
  4. Enter a new name for the preset.
  5. Click OK to save and close the dialog.



Deleting presets

You can delete presets that you no longer need. Deleting a preset does not affect images that already have the preset applied.

To delete a preset:

  1. Click the develop settings button.
  2. Select Manage Presets.
  3. In the Manage Presets dialog, select a preset and click Delete.
  4. Click OK to save and close the dialog. Or click Cancel to cancel deleting your preset.
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Creating Presets in ACDSee Pro 6

2013-09-04 00:03:35 GMT

Last week we talked about speeding up your workflow. Today, we’re going to go into more detail about one of the ways mentioned, Presets.

In Develop mode of ACDSee Pro 6 you can save your settings to apply the same adjustments to multiple images without having to repeat the changes each time. For example, if you always correct your images using the Contrast tool with the value of 25 and the midtones tool with the value of -8, you can save these settings as a preset and quickly apply them for future images.

You can create and access presets by clicking the develop settings button.

To create a preset from the top of the pane:



Use the develop settings button from the top-level to save all develop settings from Tune, Detail, Geometry, and Repair tabs. Presets created at this level can be accessed from Manage and View mode. In Manage mode, presets can be applied to multiple images at a time.

  1. Make corrections to your image in Develop mode.
  2. Click the develop settings button located at the top of the pane.
  3. Select Save Preset from the menu.
  4. In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, click Select All to save your settings, or select only the specific settings you want to save as a preset.
  5. Enter a name for your preset.
  6. Click OK.


To create a preset from a tab:



Use the develop settings button within a tab to save develop settings exclusively from the groups within that tab only. The example shown below shows the settings button to click to save develop settings from the Tune tab. A preset created in a tab can only be accessed through the same tab.

  1. In Develop mode, select the , or Repair tab.
  2. Make corrections to your image in the tab.
  3. Click the develop settings button on the top right of the tab.
  4. Select Save Preset from the menu.
  5. In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, enter a name for your preset.
  6. Click OK.



To create a preset from a group:



Use the develop settings button within a group to save develop settings exclusively from within that group only. The example on the left shows the settings button to click to save develop settings from the General group. A preset created in a group can only be accessed through the same group.

  1. In Develop mode, select the Tune, Detail, Geometry, or Repair tab.
  2. Select a group and make corrections to your image.
  3. Click the develop settings button located on the top right of the group.
  4. Select Save Preset from the menu.
  5. In the Save Develop Settings Presets dialog, enter a name for your preset.
  6. Click OK.


Check back Thursday to see how to apply these presets to single and multiple images!

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Photographing Fireworks

2013-06-27 22:10:00 GMT

With Canada Day and Independence Day (depending what side of the North American border you live on) just around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some tips for photographing fireworks.

Here are 5 things to try while you’re out celebrating this week:

Keep your camera still. This is the number 1 rule to capturing a great firework display! The best practice would be to use a tripod and a remote release. Touching your camera adds shake and will blur your image. If you don’t have a remote release the self timer will work as well.

Aperture. A common misconception with photographing fireworks is that you need a fast lens to get them! But this is not true, fireworks emite a lot of bright light. Apertures in the mid to small range tend to work best, around f/8 and f/16.

Shutter Speed. This is equally as important as aperture, if not more! To get the full effect you’ll want to use a slow shutter speed. Often photographers choose to use the Bulb mode, allowing them to control the shutter manually (best to use with a remote release). Press the shutter as the firework is launching and hold it down until the blast has faded away, typically a few seconds.

No Flash! The flash works best to light the few feet in front of you. This isn’t the most beneficial when trying to capture fireworks! So, turn off your flash and set your camera to Manual mode. Adjust the aperture and ISO and shoot away. If you notice your images are looking a little dim, vary your shutter speed without changing the aperture.

Focal Length. It’s hard to focus your camera at the right part of the sky and at the right time, especially when there is so much going on around you. Try using a wider focal length and zoom in for a few shots. There is always the opportunity to crop your images during post production to create the tight bright impact you are hoping for.

Vertical or Horizontal? Portrait or landscape? Both work for firework photography, just depends what style you are going for. If you want to have the horizon in the image or a cityscape etc. you’re best to be horizontal. Vertical is always fun too because fireworks naturally have the upward motion and you can really focus on the firework itself.


Photo courtesy of Rallygallery.com


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Split Toning. Before & After.

2013-05-16 17:40:00 GMT

Split toning is a powerful technique originating in film photography to tint the highlights and shadows.

The Split Tone tool gives you creative control over the Hue and Saturation of your highlights and shadows. Use the sliders to adjust the balance of tones in the highlights and shadows of your photos. Split toning allows you to add a creative element to RAW conversion and non-destructive editing in ACDSee Pro 6.

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To adjust the Highlights & Shadows
1. In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2. Drag the sliders to apply colored highlights and shadows as described below.

Note: you can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.



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Adjustment Options
Highlights

Hue: Drag the slider to the right to select a highlight color.
Saturation: Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the highlights of the image.



Shadows

Hue: Drag the slider to the right to select a shadow color.
Saturation: Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the shadows of the image.

Balance

Drag the slider to the right to emphasize the highlight color; drag the slider to the left to emphasize the shadow color. For example if the slider is set to the maximum at 50, then full emphasis is applied to the highlight color; if the slider is set to the minimum -50, then full emphasis is applied to the shadow color.

Note: You can save your settings as a preset for future use.

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