Posts Tagged ‘#postprocessing’

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.

Here’s our latest video tutorial by one of ACDSee’s very own developers, Tony. Check out what he has to say on Adjustment Layers:

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.

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Enter a name for your preset and press OK.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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>.

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

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