I have a preset which tweaks clarity, vibrance, sharpening and lens correction. I recently applied it to a new photo and it didn't seem to do much. I went in to edit it ( right clicked on preset and selected UPDATE WITH CURRENT SETTINGS). Only white balance was checked. Is there a way to recover my previous settings?
Go back to Update with Current Settings and check the other settings that you would also like saved as part of your preset. The fact that only White Balance is checked doesn't mean that's the only setting it is recognized as changed, it simply is offering to only add White Balance to the preset, all other settings on the currently selected file will be ignored.
You probably goofed up the preset permanently by updating it with only white balance selected (try recovering from backup).
But here is an important note:
Lightroom does NOT do a good job at handling process version in presets (and some presets included with Lightroom specify a process version when they shouldn't).
If the preset had a process version which did not match the process version of the photo, the preset may not behave properly.
If I used presets much, I would load all presets into a text editor, and check for process version specific stuff. If yes, then make sure there is a proper process version in it. Then, store in a PV20XX folder so as not to use it on the wrong photos. If no, then make sure you strip the process version out of the file, and re-save. Restart Lightroom afterward. Let me know if you need help determining which items are PV specific.
If you want to know which settings were in a previously applied preset, you can search for photos that have it applied, and compare the settings before and after applying the preset. ChangeManager makes the comparison easier and less error prone.
Rob I think you hit the nail on the head. For the first time since installing LR4.x, I updated some LR3.5 photos to PV2012. I believe that's when the problem started. Luckily, it's not a big deal. Your "Change Manager" is a pretty impressive piece of software. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but am looking forward to trying it.
Thanks for taking time to answer.
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