We have added the ability to stack multiple presets on top of each other in the new Photo Raw 2017.5. We recommend watching the short video tutorial above before getting started. Full click by click steps on how to stack presets are included below.
Please note, the ability to stack presets on top of each other is a new feature that was added to the program in the 2017.5 update. If you have not already updated to the most current version, you will be able to do so here.
How to stack presets in Effects 2017
Following the Photo Raw 2017.5 update, you will now have the ability to stack multiple presets on top of each other. In previous versions of the Photo Raw 2017, clicking on a preset on the left side of the Effects module will replace all of the filters in your filter stack with the filters that make up that preset.
However, you will now be able to add a preset on top of the filters you have already added to your filter stack by holding down the OPTION KEY on a Mac or the ALT KEY on Windows prior to clicking on a preset on the left. Lets take a look at an example.
In the screenshot below I have opened an image in the Effects module and added the "Sunny Day" Preset to my filter stack:
You will notice, if I click to add a different preset on the left, this will replace all of the filters in my filter stack with the most recent selected preset. For example, I will click on the "Smooth Color Pop" Preset on the right. You will notice in the screen shot below, clicking on this preset has removed the filters from the "Sunny Day" preset we added earlier:
Next, we will show you how to stack a preset on top of presets or filters you have already added to your Filter stack. In the screenshot below, I have gone back and applied the "Sunny Day" preset to the image and have navigated to a Color Film preset that I want to add to the Sunny Day preset. To add a color film preset on top of the presets that are already in the filter stack on the right, simply hold down the OPTION KEY on a Mac or the ALT KEY on Windows prior to selecting the preset.
You will notice the thumbnails on the left side of the program will update as soon as you hold down the OPTION or ALT Key. The change in the thumbnail previews on the left when holding down this key will show a preview of the image if this preset was added on top of the existing filters in your Filter stack on the right.
In the screenshot below, I clicked on the "Kodak Portrait 160" Color Film Preset while holding down the OPTION Key on my keyboard to add this preset on top of the "Sunny Day" preset that we added earlier:
Now the filters in my filter stack are the filters that make up both the "Sunny Day" and Kodak Portra 160" presets. This is shown in the screenshot below:
If you like the look of your new "stacked" preset, you will be able to save this as a new preset of your own name by going to Settings > Save Settings as a Preset:
For more information on how to manage presets in the Photo Raw 2017, please check out the follow Knowledge Base articles: