Lightroom Classic: Adding at least four "Settings Memory" tabs in Develop mode would speed workflows

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New Here ,
Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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Dear Adobe Developer Team,

first of all, you are doing a great job, thank you guys!

I started to color grade film by using Da Vinci Resolve a while ago. One of my most often used features in color grading is the "memory" menu. There I can register the color adjustments of one specific clip - about 8 different styles can be registered, each one in its own slot, and, most important, can be recalled from there. When I shut down the software, all memory slots are cleared.

I am not talking about presets here! 

It is like the "copy and paste" of image settings, but, and thats the point, multiplied by a few times. At least four slots to register (memorize) settings in LR would help to speed up everyones workflow a lot!

Why is that important? 

When I take photographs I often operate under different lighting conditions, that change during the day.

Starting to color grade my photos of that day, I, most often, use a preset. But I never leave the preset as it is. I mostly always do a lot of tweaking, that means that my preset is only the basis of the grading. Every light setup needs a different treatment to look good. Cranking up the shadows, turning down saturation and luminance in the orange tones and so on and so forth...

I often copy the development settings and paste it onto the next picture. This works fine, until the light setting changes. Shooting outside, the light can change really quick. It would help me a lot (!!!) if LR could memorize the adjusted color grading settings on a menu tab in the menu and recall it later, when I get to photos that have a similar light setting in the same catalogue / project. 

In my LR workflow I usually browse back to the picture with the similiar settings, copy the settings and paste it onto the unadjusted photo. Then the next picture happens to be one, where I have to use different settings. So again I search for a similiar one that was already color corrected, copy the settings and paste it onto that one. Sometime I have to goc back and forth sooo many times, that takes a lot of time. A memory tab (1 to 4 slots at least) would help me so much to recall these settings. 

I added a sreenshot to see how this looks like in Da Vinci Resolve. Hope that is ok.

Thank you so much guys!

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Community Expert ,
Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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You can already do that, but it’s not called a “memory”, but a “preset”…

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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I understand your answer, but it's really different from a preset. 

In Da Vinci there are also LUTS - that equals presest. They are the basic colour grading, right?

But the "Memories" I am talking about are the fine tunings and tweakings of your preset just for specific light situations in that one project. Believe me, it really helps a lot.

If I would save these fine tunings to presets, the preset tab would grow way too fast and soon be totally unusable.

The LUT (preset) in combination with the fine tuning memories might be a small thing but it really has a huge impact on speeding up the workflow.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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If you have 8 “memories” you could have 8 presets.   Then when you go to a new project you just “update” the same 8 presets, not create new ones.  

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New Here ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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That is right Robert, you could do that. Thank you.

But I find it way too complicated compared to the memory-method.

I have over 200 Presets now, sorted and named.

I edit about four weddings each month, that is 8k to 10k photos

to edit. Plus commercial projects and portraits.

I don't want to mess with my presets each time I start a new catalogue / project. Rename them, sort them in the right ways. A simple "load memory" is so much more effective and it doesn't have that bottomline feeling of a preset.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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Create a special preset group for these 8 ‘memory’ presets. It is really not that much different from what you are proposing, and there is one big advantage: it already exists!

You are free to propose anything you want. But because this is so similar to presets, I give to little or no chance that Adobe will put this on the ‘to do list’. Let alone that it will be higher on that list than at the bottom.

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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New Here ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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Thank you, John and Robert, for your suggestions.

I will give it a try in my editing today.

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