If you’re spending a lot of time adding the same develop settings to more than one image, that’s kind of lame. (Don’t worry. It’s not your fault.) You don’t have time for that. Besides, if there’s a scenario where you need to add precisely the same settings to several photos, you could be wasting your energy writing these settings down and applying them to each photo individually. Don’t do that.

You can save your develop settings as a preset and then apply the same adjustments to additional images. Presets allow you to quickly apply changes to an image without having to repeat the steps each time you want to apply the same change.  You can create a preset with one or multiple develop settings. You can apply as many presets as you want to an image. Each time you add a preset, the settings are applied on top of the previous settings.

In each of the groups in Develop mode, (Lighting, Soft Focus, Crop, etc), there is a Develop Settings button. Settings Under the Develop Settings button, there is a menu item called Save Preset. Selecting Save Preset will save all of the settings that you have made in that group alone.


Enter a name for your preset and press OK.


You can now find your saved preset on the Develop Settings menu in that group.This is the only place you can find and access this saved preset.


At the top of the pane, there is an additional Develop Settings button which allows you to save and access presets relevant to all of the changes on that pane. In other words, if you are on the Tune tab and say, you make some changes to the White Balance group, the Soft Focus group, and the Lighting group, you can use the Develop Settings button at the pane level to save all of those changes as one preset.


access_tab_savedAccess the saved preset using the same Develop Settings button at the top of the pane.

Lastly, for global develop presets, access the Develop Settings button at the top of the Develop Tools panel. The presets that you save under this button include the changes you’ve made under the Tune, Detail, Geometry, and Repair tab.


Once you have made all of the changes you would like to make on all of the Develop tabs, click the Develop Settings button and select Save Preset. On the Save Develop Settings Preset dialog, select which settings you would like to include and exclude from the preset you are saving. (This gives you complete freedom to add as much or as little of the settings to other photos or batches of photos.) Then enter a name for your preset and click OK.


This preset will be available for you to apply to multiple images at once in Manage mode, for maximum time-saving awesomeness.

To apply your preset to one or more images, select the images in Manage mode. Right-click and select Process | Apply Preset | <name of your preset>.


ACDSee Pro will now apply your preset to the selected images.


And bam! Now you know how to process huge batches of photos in a snap.

  1. Victor G Ettinger says:

    I have an older version of ACDSee Pro & think it too complex for me. What are your thoughts about reverting to the less involved current regular version (17?) for PC? If reasonable will I be able to transfer my saved Pro 3 or 4 pix in the less extended version?

    Thank you.

    vGe (sent from my iPad)

    • acdsystemsit says:

      Hi Victor,
      You can easily upgrade/update to ACDSee 17. It will prompt you to convert your database to ACDSee 17, but this won’t involve any work on your part. As for your photos, ACDSee 17 will find them on your computer, so that won’t involve any work either. Hopefully that answers your question. Let me know if you have more questions.
      Hope you have a great week!

      • Docsugar1 says:

        Thank you. So I first have to transfer my photos to my new computer, set up ACDSee 17 and then have them converted semi-automatically. I do not need to make the conversion on my old computer first, correct?


        Sent from my iPad


        • acdsystemsit says:

          Hi Victor,
          Question for you: In your old version of ACDSee, did you use any database features, such as categorizing, labeling, rating, etc.?

        • Victor G Ettinger says:

          No, I never got around to doing any of that stuff, that is why I thought the lower level 17 was a better choice for me than the Pro. The Pro just has too many choices for my needs.

        • acdsystemsit says:

          Ah, ok. So you basically don’t need to worry about anything when you upgrade. You’re probably thinking in terms of an imported library, which is what a lot of similar products make you deal with, but ACDSee doesn’t import your photos, (unless you use it to import photos off of external devices, but that’s not something you need to worry about unless you choose to). It only reads your photos where they are on your computer. So if your photos are on your new computer, you will see them in your shiny new ACDSee. Or in any version of ACDSee. Very simple. Don’t be afraid. 🙂 If you run into any difficulties, you’re welcome to contact customer support and they will give you in-depth help.

        • Victor G Ettinger says:

          Thank you. I will purchase the 17 version and then gradually transfer my photos to my new computer. If I have problems, I will contact you.


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