Customize Presets in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Customize Presets in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of the fun of image editing is choosing brush tips, swatch colors, gradient colors, and patterns to create the look you want. To get you started, Elements provides you with a number of preset libraries that you can load and use when you want.

For example, you can load a Brushes library to acquire different brush tips that you can use with the Brush tool and the Eraser tool. But you’re likely to want to customize the preset libraries at least a little bit, too.

You can change libraries individually in respective panels where the items are used. For example, you can change color swatch libraries on the Color Swatches panel or choose brush tip libraries from the Options bar. Another way you can change libraries is to use the Preset Manager dialog box.


To open the Preset Manager dialog box, choose Edit→Preset Manager. The options you have available include

  • Learn More About: The Preset Manager: Click the blue Preset Manager hyperlinked text to open the Help document and find out more about managing presets.

  • Preset Type: Open the drop-down menu to choose from Brushes, Swatches, Gradients, and Patterns.

  • More: The More drop-down menu lists different viewing options. You can view the library items as text lists or as thumbnail views.

  • Done: Any changes you make in the Preset Manager are recorded and saved when you click Done.

  • Load: Click this button to open another library. Elements allows you to choose from several libraries for each preset type.

  • Save Set: You can save any changes you make in the Preset Manager as a new library. If you make a change, use this option so that you don’t disturb the original presets.

  • Rename: Each item in a library has a unique name. If you want to rename an item, click the thumbnail in the Preview pane, click Rename, and then type a new name in the dialog box that appears.

  • Delete: Click an item in the Preview window and click Delete to remove the item from the library.