Late last year, when Apple was showing off the great new features of Aperture 1.5, I was lucky enough to work the Aperture booth at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. There were about 20 Macs running Aperture and Apple had created a custom configuration to show off some of the new features of 1.5. Some of my favorite customizations were the Adjustment Presets that had been set up to create artistic and creative effects.
I recently recreated some of my favorite Presets and I’ve had a fun time exploring the effects that can be achieved with this technique. For each of these, make your adjustments to a sample photo and then click the Preset Action pop-up menu and choose Save as Preset.
A few Presets I’ve been experimenting with lately:
High Contrast, Muted: In the Exposure Adjustment, drop the saturation to .50 and move the brightness up to .20 and the contrast to .35 or so.
Desaturate Cools: In the Color Adjustment, drop the saturation for green, cyan, and blue to -100.
Desaturate Warms: In the Color Adjustment, drop the saturation for red, yellow, and magenta to -100.
Invert Colors: This one’s more fun than practical, though it can yield some interesting results: in the Color Adjustment, drag each color’s hue adjustment to 60 and the range to 2.00.
One thing to keep in mind: Each adjustment has its own Preset Action pop-up menu. So there’s no way to create Adjustment Presets that apply multiple adjustments at once — say an Exposure Adjustment and a Color Adjustment at the same time.
Are other Aperture users creating Adjustment Presets for creative effects as well? Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments.
Here’s some examples of the Presets above:
Desaturate Cools Preset
High Contrast, Muted Preset
Invert Colors Preset