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are corrections stackable?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by James Rosen, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. James Rosen

    James Rosen New Member

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    In Develop, if I tweak Basic settings, e.g. shadows, highlights and then activate a preset, does the preset override the prior changes? Are they stackable changes? Which changes are stackable? When are changes replaced by later ones?

    I hope this is a sensible question

    Thanks
     
  2. clee01l

    clee01l Senior Member Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Presets are cumulative not additive. If your Basic Preset has adjustment like Exposure +1.50 and Contrast +25. You can apply this preset and follow it with a different preset that has only an adjustment for contrast of -15. The result is the Exposure will remain at +1.50 and Contrast will be set to the new value of -15.

    IOW, Presets only set the values that are included in the preset and does not affect other adjustment values. They are not cumulative in that a Contrast setting to +25 followed by a contrast setting of -15 does not change the contrast adjustment to +10 but instead replaces +25 with -15.
     
  3. RikkFlohr

    RikkFlohr Senior Member Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    Adjustments made in the Quick Develop Panel via the [>] and [>>] buttons are cumulative to what was already set by the sliders. It is a limited set of adjustments that are 'stackable'.
     
  4. PhilBurton

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    Cletus,

    My own view is that the word "cumulative" is not helpful here. I think you are saying that the "last adjustment setting prevails," and overrides any prior settings. Yes? No?

    Phil
     
  5. JohanElzenga

    JohanElzenga Lightroom Guru Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    Yes. A preset simply sets one or more adjustments to a certain value. No matter what the previous values were.
     
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    erro Senior Member Staff Member Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    Adjustments made with the brush or gradient tool are stackable if I remember correctly. Meaning if you brush with contrast +100 you can then create another brush with contrast +100 and the result is a total of contrast +200.
     
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