Presets allow you to make instant changes to your image with one click of a button. Each preset is made up of all the saved filters as well as the settings used for each of those filters. Presets can also include Blending Mode and Opacity changes made to a filter or a layer. For each layer or adjustment layer, a different preset can be applied, which can make for some creative results!
Applying a Preset
In order to save time when developing your image, you’ll find an extensive collection of presets. Professional photographers from around the world have helped us create a comprehensive group of presets that give your images amazing enhancements in a single click.
To apply a preset:
Applying a Preset as an Overlay Preset
If you’d like to experiment with presets more freely, be sure to try out adjustment layers. An adjustment layer is an empty layer that can hold filters. This layer is placed above your image and allows for easier control over blending modes and opacity. It’s also easy to mask an adjustment layer to control which parts are seen (more on masking later).
An easy way to apply a preset to a new adjustment layer is to user the New Preset Overlay feature.
Loading Additional Presets
There are many presets included with Luminar. To make it easy to manage these presets, you’ll find that they are organized into several groups and categories.
Choosing a Group
Presets are organized into three major groups. To view these options click the circular icon at the right edge of the Presets Panel. This will open up the Group and Category browser.
Remember, a preset is merely a starting point. Different photographers will desire different looks. Plus a preset may work great on some photos, but need a little tweaking for others. Once you select a preset, you have the ability in the Side Panel to use Filters controls to modify that preset to fit your specific image needs.
Saving Custom Presets
As you adjust presets or build your own recipes from scratch, you may find a particular combination that you like. Custom presets can function as the jumping off point for your own look and style. A preset can store a lot of control in an easy, one-click effect.
1. Adjust an existing preset or add your own effects to an image.
2. Click the “Save Filters Preset” button in the lower-right area of the Filters controls.
3. A dialog will pop-up at the top of the window asking you to name your preset. Give it a descriptive name to help you remember which situations to use the preset.
4. Click the OK button to store the preset. Once you've added the preset, it will appear in the User Presets group.
Adding a Custom Preset Pack
Occasionally Skylum or other professional photographers will release a collection of presets, called “Packs”. When you import a Custom Preset Pack, it will create a new category in the Presets category window, and display any associated presets therein.
To add a Custom Preset Pack, select the menu item File > Add Custom Presets Pack. An open dialog will be displayed, allowing you to choose the Pack you wish to add.
You can also get more presets from the Category switcher. Just click the Get More Presets… button.
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