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Saving and applying Camera Raw settings

After carefully choosing custom settings for a photo in Camera Raw, you’ll be glad to know that you can save those settings as a preset and then apply the preset to other photos that need the same or similar corrections.

To save Camera Raw settings as a preset:

Method 1 (Camera Raw Settings menu)

  1. With your corrected photo open in Camera Raw, choose Save Settings from the Camera Raw Settings menu. c0062-01.jpg
  2. The Save Settings dialog opens. A Check the categories of settings you want saved in the preset. Or to filter the number of checked boxes, choose a category (tab name) from the Subset menu, then recheck any boxes, if desired.
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    A In the Save Settings dialog, check which of your custom Camera Raw settings are to be saved in a preset.

  3. Click Save. A different Save Settings dialog opens (yes, it’s confusing that the two dialogs have the same name). Enter a name (preferably one that describes the function of the preset), keep the location as the Settings folder, then click Save.
  4. The saved settings preset is now available in the Presets tab c0091-01.jpg for any open photo.

Method 2 (Presets tab)

  1. With your corrected photo open in Camera Raw, click the Presets tab, c0091-01.jpg then click the New Preset button. c0091-02.jpg
  2. In the New Preset dialog, enter a name for the preset. Check the settings you want saved in the preset, or choose a category (tab name) from the Subset menu, then recheck any boxes, if desired. Click OK. Your new preset is now available in the Presets tab for any open photo.
    • To delete a user-saved preset, click the preset name, then click the Delete button. c0291-03.jpg

You can apply a user-defined preset (saved collection of settings) to a single photo via Camera Raw (see below), to multiple photos via Bridge (see the following page), or to multiple thumbnails via the Synchronize option in Camera Raw (see page 93).

To apply a Camera Raw preset to a photo:

With a photo open in Camera Raw, click the Presets tab, c0091-01.jpg then click a preset name.

  • You can also apply a preset via the Apply Preset submenu on the Camera Raw Settings menu.

The settings presets that you save in the Presets tab of the Camera Raw dialog can also be applied to multiple photos via the Develop Settings submenu in Bridge. In fact, as a strategy, you could save separate presets for settings in individual Camera Raw tabs and then assign them to multiple photos in succession (e.g., a preset for the Basic tab first, then a preset for the Tone Curve tab, and so on). If you haven’t saved the needed settings as presets, a quick alternative method is to copy and paste all the current settings from one photo into one or more other photos.

To apply Camera Raw settings to multiple photos via Bridge:

Method 1 (apply a preset)

  1. In Bridge, Ctrl-click/Cmd-click multiple photo thumbnails (or Shift, then Shift-click a consecutive series of thumbnails).
  2. To apply settings, from the Edit > Develop Settings submenu, choose a preset; or right-click a selected thumbnail and choose a preset from the Develop Settings submenu on the context menu. A Choose additional presets, if needed.
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    A Using commands on the Develop Settings submenu in Bridge, you can apply one or more saved settings presets to multiple selected thumbnails, or copy and paste the current settings from one thumbnail to other thumbnails.

Method 2 (copy and paste settings from a photo)

  1. Click the thumbnail for a photo that has the desired settings, then choose Edit > Develop Settings > Copy Camera Raw Settings (Ctrl-Alt-C/ Cmd-Option-C), or right-click the selected thumbnail and choose Develop Settings > Copy Settings from the context menu.
  2. Click another thumbnail (or Ctrl-click/Cmd-click multiple thumbnails), then choose Edit > Develop Settings > Paste Camera Raw Settings (Ctrl-Alt-V/ Cmd-Option-V), or right-click the selected thumbnail and choose Develop Settings > Paste Settings from the context menu.
  3. The Paste Camera Raw Settings dialog opens. Uncheck any settings you don’t want to paste; or choose a tab name from the Subset menu, then remove or add any check marks. Click OK.

    • To remove all Camera Raw settings from a selected photo thumbnail in Bridge, choose Edit > Develop Settings > Clear Settings or right-click the thumbnail and choose Develop Settings > Clear Settings from the context menu.
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