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You may have read all about how you can put the Collections feature to work for you organizing and finding your photos. But did you know: you can also make collection sets, which is fancy-speak for creating hierarchies of collections inside parent collections. This makes it possible to really drill down to the exact images you want and to categorize with the level of specificity that is important to you. Maximize efficiency!

Keep in mind that you can’t add images to the collection sets themselves. That’s not what they’re for.  You have to put them inside of a folder within the set. This being the case, it may be useful to think of the collection sets as directories you define the structure of.

To Create a Collection Set:
  1. In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Collection Set.
  2. create_collection_setIn the Create Collection Set dialog box, enter a name for your collection set. You may want to give this some thought. This will be the parent folder that holds a bunch of baby folders, so you’ll want to give it an identifiable name. Not that you can’t go back and change it, of course. I’m just trying to save you time.

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Select the Inside a Collection Set checkbox if you would like to add your collection set inside of another collection set, creating a sort of collection set inception. Select the collection set from the drop-down menu.

collection_ception3. Click Create.

Now you can work on your hierarchy. Create a new folder by right-clicking the collection set.

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Or right-clicking anywhere in the Collection pane. Doesn’t matter. What does matter is that in the Create Collection dialog, under Location, you enable the Inside a Collection Set option. Choose the Collection set you just created from the drop-down menu.

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Now you can name your collection, and press Create.

You can take things deeper by adding collection sets inside of collection sets, and then putting more folders inside of those. Choose Create Collection Set and then choose the existing collection set to put it inside. And so on and so on.

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You can make it as complicated and specific as you feel is necessary for your needs. It can be a great way to focus your goals and stay organized.

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And if you select the root of a collection set, the File List pane will display all of the images in all of the collections inside of that root.

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While you can put smart collections inside of collection sets, it’s worth noting that when you click the root, the results of the query within the smart collection will not appear in the File List pane along with the contents of the other folders.

Now you have the power to create structures to service your affinity for compartmentalization! Chaos…Order!

As you’re developing an image and you add effect after adjustment, do you ever reach a point where you think, Oh no, I’ve gone too far? If you liked your image at some earlier point before, it’s frustrating to think about starting again and trying to remember what all exactly it was that you did. Frankly, my brain deletes that kind of short term memory information within minutes.

But the latest versions ACDSee Pro and Ultimate have got us covered. They know we need to save our memory files for more important things, like whether we left the stove on and such. We’ve now got Develop Snapshots! These allow you to save your adjustments at any point during your development workflow. As you make adjustments, you can take a snapshot at any time to save your work up to that point. You may then continue to edit if you want, but you can also return to the version in your snapshot whenever. Unlike presets, snapshots save directly to your image, allowing you to re-enter Develop mode and switch between them, continue editing them, and apply them.

To Take a Snapshot:
  1. Open your image in Develop mode.
  2. Make any desired adjustments in Develop mode.
  3. Press the Snapshot button.

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4. Press the New Snapshot button.

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5. Enter a name for your snapshot.

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Your saved snapshot will be listed in the Snapshots pane.

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You can then continue editing, making more snapshots as you desire.

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If you prefer, you can return to any of the snapshots by clicking on them. It really doesn’t matter how the image looks when you save it because the snapshots are saved along with the image.

If you would like to update a snapshot by adding additional settings to it:

  1. Select the snapshot.
  2. Make your additional adjustments.
  3. Right-click the snapshot and choose Update from current settings.
Viewing Your Snapshots:

Much like Auto Lens, you can view your image with any of the snapshots saved to that image, commitment-free, in View mode. With your image open in View mode, press the Snapshot button on the Toolbar. snapshot_button The Snapshot button will only be visible when the image being viewed has one or more snapshots saved to it.

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Simply select the snapshot to view it.

And there you go. No backtracking. No confusion.

Sometimes, you take a photo that ends up having a haze in it. What do I mean, “haze”? A haze can occur when dust, smoke, or other particles obscure the clarity of the image, particularly the sky. Some parts of the world, I suspect, will have more of an issue than others. And yet sometimes, as I discovered, it has nothing to do with the air quality. Sometimes there’s just too much mist.

Luckily, one of ACDSee Pro 9 and Ultimate 9’s new features is a Dehaze tool. So let’s get started.

Open said image in Edit mode. If you have a number of images to adjust, you may decide you want to get the Actions window involved.

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Under the Exposure/Lighting group, select Dehaze. All you need to do next is adjust the Amount slider according to your individual image.

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Click Done, then save your work.

Here’s the before and after:

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And that’s all there is to it! There you go. You can now take the vagary out of your photos, be it due to pollution, fog, mist, dust, etc. etc.

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