Remember (way back) when I did a tutorial on how PSE users can access the Curves adjustment via an action? Presets were briefly mentioned towards the end and for a while I gave a few away as a free download.
Today I am revisiting curves presets, which can give you some very quick and easy creative looks without adding more actions to your Photo Effects palette.
First the easy part – running the action and using the presets.
Once the action is installed in your PSE (Photoshop users – you don’t need the action because Curves is a standard adjustment layer for you), then simply double click on the thumbnail to run it.
The action will create a duplicate layer, and then open the Curves dialogue box. Beside the word Preset you will see Default. Click on that word and a list will drop down. The “fruity” presets will show up towards the bottom.
If you have Photoshop CS, you can run a Curves adjustment, then access the presets in the same dialogue box.
To apply a preset, just click on it. Want to change it? Just click on a different preset. Want to go back to the default one? Click on default.
After you have found the preset you like, press okay.
If the preset is a bit strong on the whole image, lower the layer opacity. If it is too strong in certain areas, use a black brush and brush over areas you wish to conceal.
When you are happy with it, continue on editing or flatten save.
Below are examples of all the presets.
Now, let us get to how to install these fruity presets. The steps are very similar for both Photoshop and Elements.
First open the folder with the presets and highlight all of them and press control + c (command + c on a Mac).
Then navigate to your presets folder and paste them in. How to get to your preset folder is the tricky part.
PC users you will follow the path in the picture below.
- Local disk
- Your user folder
- Photoshop Elements
- Your version
Photoshop users – after Adobe, you go to your CS# version, then follow same folder path.
Mac users – your steps are a bit trickier if you are using the Lion OS system (I do not have the steps for Snow Leopard). The path is shown in the image below. Click on the image to enlarge it.
- Your user folder
- In Finder menu, click on “Go” then on “Go to Folder”
- Type in ~/library/ and hit enter
- Continue to the Application Support folder
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
I have zipped together the curves action and a folder with the presets. If you only need/want the presets, download the folder and only go to the preset folder and ignore the action.
A quick video showing how to install (on a pc) and use the presets is below. If you are reading in a blog reader or email, you can view the video by clicking HERE.