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    Default Some cool facts about photo presets

    Some interesting things about the presets/filters. While they are designed to be drag and drop effects they are editable in different ways and even better yet you can create your own. There is more than one way to create your own presets I have prepped some tutorials that show how to edit presets and also my favourite way to create my own : https://www.xaramarketplace.com/cate...a-tips-tricks/

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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Wonderful, thanks!

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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Very powerful!
    Tony

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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    yes this feature is quite powerful. A lot of people stopped looking at the collection of drag and drop effects Xara provided but two things caught my attention 1) that the effects were a stack of layers added in as a photo group, which automatically had me thinking that these were likely .xar files and 2) that if you download all on a folder from the content catalogue that content is stored on your computer somewhere. Once I found where that content is located and found the preset files I simply started dissecting them

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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Interesting Frances. It also helps if you use named colours in your video example. It makes it very quick to change the colours without the need to edit the filter.

    I attach a couple I reversed engineered files using the supplied presets (no named colours).
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    Last edited by Egg Bramhill; 23 April 2017 at 02:58 AM.
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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Another couple:
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    Egg
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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    And a final two:
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    Egg
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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Really is the last one, I promise
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    Egg
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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Some nice effects there Egg The named colours suggestion is a great one. Presets can be a great starting point, for example you can set up layers with textures photo settings layers etc then once applied to your photo you can do what you want to the layers to create your masterpiece.

    A quick example using Egg's cracked preset. After applying the preset I set the transparency of the cracked overlay layer down to 0 then used the eraser tool to brush it out where I didn't want it such as the eye, nostril, lips and eyebrow. Then a quick ctrl +k to clone the cracked overlay and this new layer I set to softlight and adjusted to suit a voila a cracked skin effect in just a few mins.
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    Default Re: Some cool facts about photo presets

    Frances,

    I am trying to wrap my head around the way these files are saved.

    When you first make the file, you setup the presets on a photo. Now when you save the file as a preset does the orignal photo get removed?

    I did not understand what the need was to make a bit map copy of the photo with the preset applied, could you explain that a little more?

    Thank you,
    Ray

 

 

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