Digital Lith Tutorial - Dealing With Presets

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Once you played around with the program you may find parameters that you might like more than others. And since there are many parameters, you do not want to remember them all. This is where presets come in. You may already made friend with presets without deliberately defining one yourself.

First there is the history. Whenever you do a development, the used parameters are stored to the history. You can browse through the history using the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the parameter area of the user interface. What you did with this was just to select an un-named preset. The history is preserved from one session to the next, so once you quit the program you do not loose your history.

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But having only the history would be very uncomfortable. There is a better way to remember parameters and that is named presets. Once you have a parameter set that you like, click on the Add button on the presets panel and a dialog will show up which lets you save these parameters to a preset with a name you give and a description. There are different types of presets. First you can just take all the parameters which includes the development parameters, the color parameters and the uneven development. Then you can decide if you want to define a color only, development only or uneven development only preset.

In the case that you define one of the latter, if you select the preset later, only the color parameters, the development parameters or the uneven development parameters will be set from the preset.

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Once you hit OK the preset will show up in the presets list and you can select it from there. If you move the mouse over the preset name the description will be shown in a small tooltip window like the one you see on the right.

Over time you might store more and more presets and the list fills up and you will end up scrolling up and down to find the preset you are looking for. To access those presets that you favor more easy there is the Favorites menu which lets you setup a list of the most used presets.

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If you like to manage you presets then right or ctrl-click on a preset which pops up a context menu that lets you rename or redefine a preset from the current setting. There is also the possibility to delete the preset or export it into a file so that you can share the preset with others or move to another computer. And at the bottom there is the possibility to add the preset to the favorites menu.

To import presets from a file that you got from someone else or to re-import a preset that you have been exported before you can use the Import button. This opens a file selection dialog so that you can select the preset file and import the presets stored in the file.

Another way to get your list of presets filled is to go to the Digital Lith Exchange. That is the button next to the Import button. The Exchange will be handled in an extra episode.

And there is another kind of presets. It is the processed image itself. Every time digital lith stores an image it puts the processing data into the metadata. You can read the processing data from an image file by clicking on the Read From File button. This lets you select the image file and populates the processing data from the data found in the metadata.

OK, now that we know how to deal with presets, let's go on to the next episode which handles digital lith secret session files: Click!