Presets allow you to make instant changes to your HDR 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, 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:
If you want to apply a preset to a new adjustment layer, click the New Preset Overlay button in the upper-right corner of the preset area. This applies the preset to a new adjustment layer. This makes it easy to mask the layer, adjust its opacity, or change blending modes. This is a useful way to use one preset on part of the image (such as the sky) and another the rest (such as the ground). Be sure to read more about masking and blending modes for greater control.
Loading Additional Presets
There are many presets included with Aurora HDR 2018. 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 Categories menu at the top edge of the Presets Panel. You’ll now see several groups (as well as categories) to choose from, including:
Choosing a Category
Presets are also organized into Categories to help sort them by style. These categories include presets created by Macphun and professional photographers. To view by category, click the Categories menu at the top edge of the Presets Panel. You’ll now see several categories to choose from, including:
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.
Modifying Custom Presets
There are additional features for user presets that are not available for the built-in presets. To access this menu for a user preset, click the small triangle next to a preset's name while hovering over the preset’s thumbnail image.
Sharing a Custom Preset
Any presets you make can be shared with other users, manually backed up to a new location, or copied to a new computer. You can freely export your own presets and import another person’s presets into your application.
You can take precise control over your Custom presets with the Show Presets Folder… command.
Adding a Custom Preset Pack
Occasionally Macphun 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.
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