DxO Optics Pro 10 comes with a whole bunch of interesting-looking presets, but it’s really easy to create your own. Once you’ve perfected a ‘look’ that you like, you can then apply it to your photos in the same way as the built-in presets. Here’s how it’s done.

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01: Start from scratch or from a preset you like

If you know exactly the look you’re going for you can use the manual controls in the Customise workspace to create your effect. It’s often easier, though, to get some inspiration by browsing through the preset effects and then modify one closest to the look you’re after. You can do this by clicking the ‘Apply preset’ button, top right, and then opening and inspecting the different categories. The ‘Old school’ preset has a nice, desaturated aged look, so we’ll start with that.

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02: Adjust the settings

We’ve made just a couple of minor adjustments to the effect here by increasing the contrast and reducing the saturation. This gives the look of an old Eastern European transparency film (in my own mind, if not in reality).

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03: Save a new preset

To save a new preset, just open the ‘Image’ menu and select the ‘New preset from current settings’ option.

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04: Choose a name

This one doesn’t take much explaining. Pick something descriptive or memorable that you’ll be able to recall later on. ‘Old School more contrast’ should do the trick.

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05: Use your new preset

That’s really all there is to it. The one thing you need to remember is that the new preset won’t be saved in the same panel as the preset you started from – user presets always appear in the first section, ‘General purpose presets’.