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Date Created: 7/23/2009   Date Modified: 9/29/2016

+Automating Color Control in Adobe Camera Raw

In Photoshop, in Mac OSX, you can select multiple Raw image files and open them at the same time in Camera Raw. Once you edit one, you can apply the same edits to the entire series.

Sync settings will copy settings from one image to all other images you select.

  • Edit an image.
  • From the thumbnails on the left side, Command-Click to select other images you want to share these settings.
  • Click the Synchronize button in the upper left corner.
  • Select your desired settings to sync and click OK.

If you shoot a lot of images under the same lighting conditions, saving presets will allow you to use these settings over and over.

  • On the right side panel, click the little button that looks like a list. From the pull-down, choose Save Settings….
  • Select any of the settings that you want to include in this preset, but only the ones you need.
  • Give it a meaningful name that describes the camera and lighting conditions.
  • Click the Save button.

To use this preset, simply select the Preset tab on the far right and select the preset of your choice from the list. It will automatically be applied.

Adobe allows you to save your Camera Raw settings as a default preset. Since even the same model camera may capture color a little differently, it will be useful to save unique settings for each of your cameras. If, for example, you would like to save a camera profile as the default for your camera, open an image and select the DNG profile, then click on the button that looks like a list and select Save New Camera Raw Defaults. These settings will then be applied automatically any time that you open an image from this camera. Keep in mind, you may need to reselect your white balance for each shot.To ensure these settings are only used for a specific camera’s serial number and ISO setting, set that option in your Preferences.

  • Go to the Photoshop menu on the Mac, or the Edit menu in Windows, select Preferences, then from the submenu, select Camera Raw.
  • Under the Default Image Settings, select the option to make specific defaults for individual cameras by serial number, or for specific ISO settings.

Keep in mind, this feature may not be supported by every camera manufacturer.