how to use a curve preset
January 05, 2015
Hey, hey! How’s 2015 lookin’ so far?
I promised to come back with a useful blog post about how to use the curve presets I recently launched (get your hands on them here), in case you’re not very familiar with the process.
It’s very easy and fast, so let’s get it done! 🙂
Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop (I used CS6, but it should work the same or similar with other versions as well). You should have 2 panels open: Properties and Layers (mine are on the right side of the window). If you don’t have them open, go to the menu, hit Window and then choose them from the list.
Step 2: From the Layer panel, create new adjustment layer by clicking the button highlighted in the image below and then choosing Curves from the list:
Step 3: Once you have the Curves layer, hit the button from the upper right corner of the Properties panel (highlighted below) and choose “Load Curves Preset” from the list:
A window will open where you have to find the presets (wherever you saved them on your computer), choose one of them and hit on “Load”. Aaaand there you have it! The effect should be visible on your open image.
If you think the effect is too harsh on your image, tune down the opacity from the Opacity slider (see below):
Or just go to step 3 again and load another preset.
Photoshop also comes with a few presets of its own, which you can find under the Presets dropdown list from the Properties panel. See below:
And this is basically it! You’ve done it! With a little bit of practice, you should be able to do this in less than a minute, but speed is not always the key so I recommend you to take your time at first to play with the settings and see what works best for your image.
For any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you out!
P.S. Here’s a little bonus “trick”. You can also play with the Blending Modes of the layer (they’re right next to the Opacity setting). They can give some really nice and unique effects, depending on the image (but I never use them at full opacity!). My favourites are Soft Light and Overlay.