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Creating Your Own One-Click Presets

Now that we created a split-tone/duotone effect, this is the perfect time to start making your own one-click presets. That way, the next time you open a photo that you want to have that same effect, you don’t have to go through all those steps (converting it to black and white, tweaking it, then applying the Split Toning settings), you can just click one button and all those settings are applied at once, giving you an instant one-click effect anytime. Of course, these presets aren’t just for duotones—make one anytime you want to reuse any settings.

Step One

Since we just created that duotone effect (on the previous page), we’ll go ahead and use that to create a one-click preset. Just remember—anytime you come up with a look you like, you can save it as a preset. To create a preset, you click on the Presets icon (it’s the second icon from the right at the top of the Panel area), and then click on the New Preset icon (shown circled here in red) to bring up the New Preset dialog (seen here). Now, just turn on the checkboxes for the adjustments you want copied to your preset (as shown here), give your preset a name, and then click the OK button.

Step Two

Once you’ve saved the preset, it appears in the Presets list (since there’s only one preset here, I’m not sure it qualifies as a list at this point, but you get the idea, right?). To apply it is really a one-click process—just open a different photo, go to the Presets panel, and click on the preset (as shown here), and all those settings are applied. Keep in mind, though, because the exposure is different for every photo, if you save a preset where you had to tweak the exposure a lot, that same exposure will be applied anytime you apply this preset. That’s why you might want to save just the split-tone/duotone settings and not all the exposure stuff, too.

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