One preset – many options!

Most presets come with a variety of options and alternatives, which can be customized and even saved.

Every preset comes with a bunch of attributes like category, type, version, supported bit-formats, amount of layers and much more. We gathered all those informations and put them into the info section.


Special techniques are being used for every preset. Naturally, those techniques mostly offer alternatives. It would be a shame if we wouldn’t offer some of those options and variations.


You can use a shortcut in Photoshop to open/close options.

More about shortcuts.

Enter the magic!

Weather you’re in the list or the image view, look out for the options icon to enter both the info or options section.

In the list view, you can also simply double-click on a preset to open the options. A right-click on any empty space within the info or option area will bring you back to the list or image view.

Variations & Custom Presets

The Duotone Preset, for instance, allows you to choose between black and white as a first color and one of five second colors. The thumbnail gives you an idea how the variations will look.

You can also add multiple custom colors by clicking on the plus icon. A color picker will appear allowing you to select any color you want. Those custom colors will stay there, until you delete them.


Only relevant options

Not every preset works on every image. Sometime it’s quit simple to adjust a preset to your image by changing one specific value. In CameraRaw, many parameters are responsible for a look. That’s why the FX-Panel offers only relevant options that will adjust the preset to your image without changing the look.

For CameraRaw presets the FX-Panel also allows you to individually (or globally) control settings for grain, vignette, sharpening and noice reduction.

All slider positions and button states can be saved as a custom preset, allowing you to quickly access the settings you need.

Adjustment layer or SmartFilter?

If a preset is defined by adjustment layers only, you’ll find an additional button in the option section, next to the favorite and visible buttons: the SmartFilter.


SmartFilter idle: a single layer for each adjustment.

SmartFilter active: a single layer (merged copy of your document), converted into a SmartObject. All adjustments are applied as SmartFilters.

Black & White with adjustment layers: 3 layers.
Black & White with SmartFilters: 1 layer.

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