Image Processing Reference
Saving and Using Custom Settings
Depending on which version of Camera Raw you are using, you can save or reset only
the Camera Defaults or a wide range of individual options. Photoshop Elements only
lets you save all of your adjustments. If you find that you are making the same adjust-
ments to every, or nearly every, image you convert, you can save a step by making
these settings the Camera Default (Figure 4.21). After making adjustments to the slid-
ers, click the triangle next to the Settings dropdown list and choose Set Camera
Default. These settings will now be used as the starting point for any new RAW image
Figure 4.21 (left) Camera Raw in Photoshop Elements only gives you the option to set or reset the default settings. (right) Cam-
era Raw in Photoshop offers a number of other options, including the ability to load and use a subset of the saved settings.
Note: Yo u can return to the original settings by choosing Reset Camera Default from the Settings menu.
Because the camera default affects every setting in Camera Raw in Photoshop
Elements, it is most useful when you have a group of images to convert with similar
corrections. By correcting the first image and then saving the camera default, you
can make the change once. Now, all future images opened will use the adjusted
If you find that images from your camera consistently need a correction in Lumi-
nance Smoothing or Color Noise Reduction, making just those adjustments and saving
the camera default will apply the new setting to any future images.
Photoshop users of Camera Raw have significantly more options available to
them than do users of Photoshop Elements. The ability to save and use subsets of the
controls in this version of Camera Raw gives you the ability to create settings that are
tuned to specific needs, such as a lens or custom color calibration. These techniques are
covered in detail in Chapter 6, “ Advanced Conversion Options.”