Advantage of Snapshots in Adobe Camera Raw

What is advantage of snapshots
Snapshots in Camera Raw can be extremly useful. Creating snapshots in Camera Raw you can save several versions of the same image for the price of few kilobytes. With several versions I mean for example one version is B/W, second with Glow effect, third with Antique effect and so on. Snapshots works with JPEG images (and dng also) what is very important because many people today use cell phones to capture images.
Difference in file size between same image with and without presets
Difference in file size between same image with and without presets

How to create snapshots in Photoshop Camera Raw
First off course run Bridge and in this example I will open JPEG (you can open and TIFF) photo in Camera Raw using Ctrl + R shortcut. In Camera raw I will use OnOne presets which are by the way free, and create several snapshots or versions of the same photo. To use installed presets first click Presets icon to expand that tab in Camera Raw. Click on name of preset to apply it to the image.
Apply preset to the image in Camera Raw
Apply preset to the image in Camera Raw
If you do not like effect hold down Alt key and Cancel button will turn into Reset, click it once to reset settings to defaults then click some other preset.
Reset settings to defaults in Camera Raw
Reset settings to defaults in Camera Raw
Off course you do not have to use presets, do it in your way. When you have photo as you like it click on page icon at bottom of Presets panel and give a snapshot a name, then confirm on OK button in order to create new snapshot.
Create new snapshot in Camera Raw
Create new snapshot in Camera Raw
I will continue creating snapshots in the very same way.
Create as many snapshots as you may need in Camera Raw
Create as many snapshots as you may need in Camera Raw
Note: you can not tweak existing snapshot, in other words you must save new snapshot after changing settings for existing, then just delete previous snapshot you do not like - first click on it then click trash icon at bottom of tab. At this point you can click Done button to save changes and presets will be saved along with image (you can delete saved preset by the way for example when you open image next time).
Note: if you decide to save image from Camera Raw as new file (JPEG, TIFF, PSD) you will lost saved snapshots. Snapshots will be saved only with original (JPEG, TIFF) file or if you decide to save as dng, DNG.

Using snapshots from Photoshop
Its time to open image in Photoshop as Smart Object in order to use snapshots at any point of time even after saving as PSD and reopening. To open image in Photoshop as Smart Object from Camera Raw hold down Shift key and Open Image button will turn into Open Object, click it once. Before you open images in Photoshop from Camera Raw pay attention on Workflow Options.

Now when you have image in Photoshop as Smart Object you can save as PSD and snapshots will be available whe you open image next time. To use different snapshot you have created simple double click Smart Object thumbnail and Camera Raw window will open.
Open Smart Object in Camera Raw
Open Smart Object in Camera Raw
Expand Snapshots tab and change image to another version or snapshot by clicking on its name. Last thing to do is to click OK button to confirm changes and return to Photoshop.
Apply different snapshot in Camera Raw
Apply different snapshot in Camera Raw
Using snapshots in InDesign
You can use snapshots and after placing PSD file in InDesign with Smart Object from Camera Raw. Click on frame with image in InDesign and Go to Edit > Edit Original or Edit With > Adobe Photoshop. In Photoshop double click Smart Object, change snapshot (or even create new one), click OK to confirm, then save file in Photoshop from File > Save and you are done. You can also create several layer comps and switch to different version using layer comps from InDesign: Object > Object Layer Options but in that case you must create several Smart Objects in Photoshop using New Smart Object via Copy command which appears on right click on Layer with Smart Object.
New Smart Object via Copy in Photoshop
New Smart Object via Copy in Photoshop
Further readings and videos (free off course):
Camera Raw Snapshots by Matt Kloskowski

Reference:
Creative Suite / Manage Camera Raw settings

Products used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Camera Raw 6

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