A preset is a collection of corrections applied in one step.

PhotoLab applies the “1- DxO Standard” preset when opening the photo. These are the basic improvements that the software provides. This preset is very efficient when the Digital Camera body+ Lens combo is supported. 

The “1- DxO Standard” preset automatically applies a set of preliminary corrections. They are detailed in the corresponding chapters.
* Slight Smart Lighting
* HQ Noise Reduction
* Adjustment of Lens Sharpness to maximize the blur reduction
* Suppression of Chromatic Aberrations
* Vignetting correction depending on the diaphragm used
* Lens Distortion canceling
* Protection of saturated colors avoiding flattened areas

– Click on the “Compare” button (Windows: Ctrl + D / Mac OS X: D) to see the improvement

User then intervenes on an automatically enhanced image and immediately focuses on its finalization.This setting is a starting proposal that must be customized according to his taste.

This “1- DxO Standard” input preset is designed to suit a majority of photographers and showcase the skills of PhotoLab.
The effects are more pronounced on photos from entry-level cameras. 

Some users find this initial proposal too contrasty and too accentuated, even too saturated. It is advisable to redefine it.

It is also possible to prepare the presentation of future corrections for more efficiency.

Example of a personal preset, for use mainly landscapes and street photos, in addition to the “1- DxO Standard” preset.

* Smart Lighting with Spot mode (without detected faces it is equivalent to Uniform mode)
* ClearView not activated but preselected at value 15
* MicroContrast activated on the Automatic value
* Color enhancement, not activated but set at Vibrance 20 and Saturation -20
* HQ noise reduction with Luminance 30
* Cropping , disabled to appreciate the effect of Horizon or Auto Perspective
* DxO ViewPoint – Perspective –  preselected value 90
* DxO ViewPoint – Volume Deformation – Preset to 80
* DxO FilmPack – Filter – Warm tone 10 preselected

Create a personal preset ex:”0- Standard”
– Right Click on the image “Create preset from current settings” 

Apply systematically to photos discovered by PhotoLab. It becomes the starting preset
– Menu: Edit / Application – Preferences – General – Correction settings

Then the “RESET” button reloads this starting preset.

The “2- Optical corrections only” preset is intended for users who want to implement only those corrections they deem useful. This way the images benefit from DxO’s expert improvements that the user does not have to worry about. 

DxO also offers the “5- No correction” preset.

The three presets presented so far are the complete presets delivered by the software. They activate / inhibit the “technical” features of PhotoLab. Calling them consists in cancelling all the corrections made to the photo. The other presets delivered are partial, they only intervene on certain functions.

Other complementary settings can be applied immediately:
* “3 – Neutral colors” to fade the effect considered a little too flashy by some
* “Portrait – Standard or Bright” and “Neutral Landscape” from series “1 – Portrait and Landscape”

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The application of a preset makes sense when opening a series of photos. However, it can be used in the course of work already done. This preset must be of the “partial” type, i.e. it modifies only the corrections where it is to be applied. 

For example, a complete personal preset without color enhancement on the reference image would overwrite the enhancement if it was previously done on the target image.

To prevent this (illustration):
Make a set of corrections and create an preset named “5 – Sky”
– Right click: “Create a preset from the current settings”.
This preset is of the full type.
From the “Preset Editor” palette
– Select “5 -Sky” then the Edit button
Uncheck the “Color Accentuation” correction
– Edit” button to Save (illustration)
This preset is now of the partial type

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There is no explicit distinction between the two types of presets.
* Only the Elite version has this feature.

Be sure to activate only the corrections where this preset should act. 
It is better to add up basic presets and create them from scratch.
From the “Preset Editor” palette 
– Right click “New empty preset”.
– Rename then Edit
– Select the corrections 

See the

tutorial “Mastery of PhotoLab – Batch Processing” provides solutions for users with Essential Edition

General note about presets.
The function “import personal presets” one by one has no interest. Just copy them from old version to the next.
Windows: C:\ Users \ <user> \ AppData \ Local\DxO \ DxO PhotoLab <version> \ Presets
Mac OS: / Users / ~ / Library / DxO PhotoLab <version> / Presets

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