4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2016 9:59 AM by johnrellis

    What exacty does a preset do?

    stefans75088081

      Hi,

       

      I just got Lightroom an I have a question regarding the presets included.

      Where can I see how a preset changes the picture?

      For example Lightroom includes a preset "Lightroom General Presets/Medium Contrast Curve". Where can I see which settings are affected by using this preset?

       

      Thank you for your help.

        • 1. Re: What exacty does a preset do?
          ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

          The easiest way to see exactly what is being done is to open the preset file in your favorite text editor (not word processor). You will then see all the settings and the values they are getting set to.

           

          Visually, if you hover the mouse pointer over the preset name in the preset panel, the Navigation/zoom preview image in the upper left corner will temporarily show the effect.

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          • 2. Re: What exacty does a preset do?
            johnrellis Most Valuable Participant
            The easiest way to see exactly what is being done is to open the preset file in your favorite text editor

            Unfortunately, that doesn't work for the presets supplied with LR -- they are built-in and don't appear as files in the filesystem.

             

            There are two ways to see the actual settings of a LR preset:

             

            1. Open a sample photo in Develop.  Click Reset in the lower-right corner to reset all of its develop settings. Apply the preset.  Examine all the Develop panels on the right to see which settings have changed.

             

            2. Use the Any Preset plugin, which concisely displays the setting for any preset.

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            • 3. Re: What exacty does a preset do?
              ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

              johnrellis wrote:

               

              The easiest way to see exactly what is being done is to open the preset file in your favorite text editor

              Unfortunately, that doesn't work for the presets supplied with LR -- they are built-in and don't appear as files in the filesystem.

               

               

              Wow. Correct, the system presets are not there. (My hard drive folders suggest they used to be.)

              It has been a long time since I went looking for them or even used them.

              • 4. Re: What exacty does a preset do?
                johnrellis Most Valuable Participant

                My hard drive folders suggest they used to be.

                Yeah, it's pretty strange that at some point years ago Adobe decided to include those presets hardwired into the program, rather than simply installed in the presets folder. That decision annoys a fair number of users who want to delete or hide the presets, since they only clutter up the screen: Lightroom: Ability to delete the default develop presets | Photoshop Family Customer Community

                 

                That thread reminded me that on Mac, you can view the .lrtemplate files in this folder:

                 

                /Applications/Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Lightroom.app/Contents/PlugIns/Develop.lrmodule/Contents/Resources/templates

                 

                On Windows, they're encoded inside the file Develop.lrmodule and not easily extracted.