We always want some quick methods to process our photos, especially when it’s wedding or model photo shoot when we have process a large amount of photos. As we designers sometimes are also the photographers we have experienced sometimes the fact that most of the time people want their photo as earlier as possible. Since it’s tough to process all the photos individually it is better to use presets. In my case, I don’t like to use those presets as everyone else; I like to create my own preset to develop a huge bulk of photos with same lighting condition. If you use made up presets, they won’t fit your work every time. Suppose you want a photo with increased contrast but your preset doesn’t allow you to give the look you want; therefore I will suggest you to create your own preset for a set of photographs. Here I’ll teach you how to create your own preset in Adobe Photoshop
CREATE YOUR OWN PRESET
Preset: Cool day
First of all you need to understand the photo set you want to process; here I have some picture of a girl sitting on a train, she was beside the window. It was a gloomy weather and the temperature was little bit low, so for this kind of photo I want to give a cool effect. All I need to do is to select one photo which will work as standard to for processing. To find the standard one you should put them in the Adobe Photoshop and see the histogram of each one. If the histogram is between the left triangle and the right triangle, then it is a good photo with perfect light balance. If the histogram crosses the left triangle, it means the photo you are using has more dark and shadows then necessary and if the histogram shows that it crosses the right triangle that means this photo contains excess highlight and exposure.
Considering all these you must select a less qualified photo, because you can change the preset effects whenever you want. So let’s get started.
The photo I am using is a RAW file.
OPEN THE IMAGE IN ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CC
First you need to open the RAW image in Photoshop. To open it, click “File”. Then “Open” and select the photo.
Click “Camera profile” and it is auto selected to “adobe standard”. You can change it to your like wise.
SET THE WHITE BALANCE
White balance is a very important fact in case of color photo. It can change the whole photo “feel”. As I said I want to give a gloomy effect. So I make the temperature cold.
ANALYZE THE EXPOSURE AND CONTRAST
The histogram helps you spot any exposure problems. If the histogram graph fails to stretch to the far right so we can see that the shot lacks strong dark shadows. In case the graph’s highlights drop off before they reach the far left, too, means that the image consists mostly of mid-tones.
DARKEN THE SHADOWS
To darken the shadows without changing other tones, drag the Shadow slider right or left according to your choice. The histogram has now collapsed, because we’ve decreased the range of tones to include more highlights and shadows. Untick, then tick.
The Vibrance slider is designed to boost the saturation of weaker colors without over-saturating existing strong colors. By moving the Vibrance slider up to your choice you can boost the saturation of the without over-saturation.
Tone curve is very essential to give a great tone in the photo. You can give your photo to any look by changing those tone curves. Here you can see a “Straight Line” which represents the whole RGB of your photo. Click on the “RGB”. Now here its showing RED, GREEN, BLUE particularly.
Change the hue/saturation/luminance to get the perfect color. Notice that if you add too much saturation what may appear so odd and overexposed.
This gives toning of mainly shadows and highlights. It’s a very important part of the photo as it gives a wonderful tone on the shadows and highlights at the same time. For my effect I made a cold color tone.
With this option you have a quick access to width or narrow the lens view. But for this picture I think my original lens view is pretty good, therefore I don’t need to correct the lens width. But I want to use a vintage effect, so I will apply some vignetting here.
CREATING THE PRESET
Here’s the final part. Now go to the “Preset” option and click to the “New preset” option at the bottom. Now a dialogue box will appear showing like the image as shown in below.
Now if you want to set any individual field as preset you can select that one from the toggle menu as shown in the image below.
I kept everything checked and renamed the preset as “Cool day”.
Click “Ok”. Now our preset has done. Now you can import any picture and simply click on this preset to see the result. Here’s the image showing the preset result.
Now I am going to see the result of this preset on other images.
So you can see how easily you can make your own preset using Adobe Photoshop.