Working with Adjustment Presets

If you frequently use the same adjustment parameter settings, you can save these settings as adjustment presets. You can create new adjustment presets, rename and rearrange adjustment presets, and delete adjustment presets you no longer use. When you create an adjustment preset, it appears in the Presets pop-up menu. You can create adjustment presets for individual adjustments or for a set of multiple adjustments. For example, you can create an adjustment preset for creating black-and-white images. When your workflow calls for creating a set of black-and-white images, you simply choose your saved preset from the Presets pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD.

Figure. Presets pop-up menu in the Adjustments inspector.

When you delete an adjustment preset, adjustments already applied to your images are unaffected.

About Adjustment Presets from Previous Versions of Aperture

In previous versions of Aperture, presets for single adjustments were accessible via the Preset Action pop-up menu for each adjustment. Presets were created and stored in the preset dialog for that adjustment. If you created and saved adjustment presets in a previous version of Aperture, the adjustment presets now appear in the Presets pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD. If you want to remove adjustment presets created in previous versions of Aperture, see Deleting Adjustment Presets.

Creating Adjustment Presets

Creating an individual adjustment preset is as simple as saving the adjustment parameter settings and naming the preset using the Presets pop-up menu and the Adjustment Presets dialog.

To create an individual adjustment preset
  1. Select an image with the adjustment parameter settings you want to save.

  2. At the top of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Save as Preset from the Presets pop-up menu.

    Figure. Presets pop-up menu showing the Save as Preset command.
  3. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, enter a name for the new adjustment preset, then click OK.

    Figure. Adjustment Presets dialog showing a new, untitled preset.

The adjustment parameter settings are saved as an adjustment preset, and the adjustment preset is now available for use in the Presets pop-up menu in the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD.

Applying Adjustment Presets

Applying an adjustment preset to an image is as simple as selecting the image and choosing the adjustment preset from the Presets pop-up menu. When you apply an adjustment preset to an image, the adjustment controls and parameter values update to reflect the settings saved in the adjustment preset. If you prefer, you can use an adjustment preset as a starting point in your image adjustment workflow and then fine-tune the adjustment after it’s applied to the image.

To apply an adjustment preset to an image
  1. Select an image.

  2. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose the preset you want to apply to the image from the Presets pop-up menu.

    Note: When you place the pointer over an adjustment preset in the Presets pop-up menu, a preview of the adjustment applied to the image is shown to the right of the highlighted adjustment preset.

    Figure. Presets pop-up menu showing adjustment preset options and a preview of an adjustment preset applied to an image.

The adjustment preset is applied to the image. If the image already had some adjustments applied to it, the adjustment preset is applied in addition to the previous adjustment settings.

If an image already has adjustments applied to it, you can replace the previously applied adjustments with the adjustment parameter values saved in the adjustment preset.

To replace the adjustments previously applied to an image with an adjustment preset
  • Hold down the Option key while choosing the adjustment preset from the Presets pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD.

Removing Adjustments from an Adjustment Preset

You can pare down the adjustment parameter settings in an adjustment preset by removing adjustments from the preset in the Adjustment Presets dialog.

To remove an adjustment from an adjustment preset
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, select the adjustment preset you want to modify, then click the Remove (–) button beside the adjustment you want removed from the selected adjustment preset.

    Figure. Adjustment Presets dialog showing a selected preset and Remove buttons next to the adjustments in the preset.

    The adjustment and its parameter values are removed from the adjustment preset.

  3. Repeat step 2 until all of the adjustments you want removed from the selected adjustment preset have been removed, then click OK.

Renaming Adjustment Presets

You can rename an adjustment preset at any time.

To rename an individual adjustment preset
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

    Figure. Presets pop-up menu showing a misspelled adjustment preset name.
  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, double-click the name of the adjustment preset you want to change.

    The adjustment preset’s name is highlighted.

    Figure. Adjustment Presets dialog showing the adjustment preset name highlighted so the spelling can be corrected.
  3. Enter a new name, then press Return.

    The adjustment preset is renamed.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all presets that need renaming have been renamed, then click OK.

Organizing Adjustment Presets

Each time you create an adjustment preset, it is added to the bottom of the list of presets in the Adjustment Presets dialog and the Presets pop-up menu. As this list grows, it can become difficult to locate a specific adjustment preset in a long list of presets. You can rearrange the order of the presets in the Adjustment Presets dialog to make presets easier to find.

To rearrange the order of adjustment presets
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, drag an adjustment preset to a new position.

    A black bar indicates where the adjustment preset will be placed.

    Figure. Adjustment preset being dragged into a new position in the Adjustment Presets dialog.
  3. Repeat step 2 until your adjustment preset list is organized, then click OK.

The adjustment preset list in the Presets pop-up menu is updated to match the order of presets in the Adjustment Presets dialog.

You can also organize adjustment presets of like type by grouping them together into adjustment preset groups. Creating adjustment preset groups helps reduce the list of adjustment presets that are initially displayed in the Presets pop-up menu. For example, if you have several types of Color adjustment settings saved as individual presets, you can create an adjustment preset group for Color adjustment presets, named Color Presets. When you choose Color Presets from the Presets pop-up menu, the individual Color adjustment presets are displayed in a submenu to the right.

Figure. Presets pop-up menu showing individual adjustment presets in an adjustment preset group.
To create an adjustment preset group
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, choose New Preset Group from the Adjustment Preset Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

  3. Give the new adjustment preset group a name and press Return.

  4. Drag adjustment presets into the adjustment preset group.

    Figure. Adjustment Presets dialog showing adjustment presets being dragged into an adjustment preset group.

    The individual adjustment presets are consolidated into the adjustment preset group and can be accessed by clicking the disclosure triangle to the left of the adjustment preset group’s name.

  5. Click OK.

Deleting Adjustment Presets

You can delete an adjustment preset at any time. Any adjustments that were previously applied using the adjustment preset are unaffected.

To delete an individual adjustment preset
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, select the adjustment preset you want to delete, then do one of the following:

    • Press the Delete key.

    • Choose Delete Preset from the Adjustment Preset Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon), then click Delete in the dialog that appears.

The adjustment preset is deleted.

Sharing Adjustment Presets

You can share your saved adjustment presets with another Aperture system.

To share your adjustment presets with another Aperture system
  1. On the first Aperture system, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, select the adjustment preset you want to share.

    Note: To share more than one adjustment preset, you have to create an adjustment preset group and then select the group. For more information about creating adjustment preset groups, see Organizing Adjustment Presets.

  3. Choose Export from the Adjustment Preset Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

  4. In the dialog that appears, enter an adjustment preset name in the Save As field, choose a location to export the adjustment preset to, then click Save.

    The preset is exported to the location you selected as [name].AdjustmentPresets. It’s a good idea to export the adjustment preset to a location the other Aperture system can access. Adjustment preset files are small and can be easily sent to another Aperture system via email.

  5. On the second Aperture system, navigate to the location of the adjustment preset file and double-click it.

The adjustment preset is transferred to the second Aperture system and accessed via the Presets pop-up menu.

Restoring the Default Adjustment Presets

If you’ve created and modified so many adjustment presets that they have become too difficult to manage, you can restore the default adjustment presets that came with Aperture.

To restore the default adjustment presets
  1. In the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Edit Presets from the Presets pop-up menu.

  2. In the Adjustment Presets dialog, choose Reset All to Factory Settings from the Adjustment Preset Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).