Creating Your Own Picture Style

The T1i supports up to three user-defined styles. You edit these just like you would any other style. From the Picture Style menu, select User Def. 1, 2, or 3, and hit the DISP button. You can now edit the same four parameters for each setting. These user-defined picture styles appear on the Picture Style menu when you press the down arrow key, just like any other picture style.

If you're really serious about picture styles, you'll want to look at the Picture Style Editor application that's included on the EOS Digital Solution Disk. The Picture Style Editor gives you far more control than what you can get from the four incamera sliders. Working from any example image you choose, you can select colors and then adjust their hue, saturation, and lightness. You can edit dozens of colors and, when you're done, export the resulting picture style to your camera.

You can define your own picture styles for use when shooting JPEG images.

Before you dive into learning the application, think a little bit about your workflow. Picture styles are very handy if you want to be able to quickly crank out images without doing any postproduction editing. For wedding and event shooters, this is a great feature. But for most of us who are willing to spend some time editing individual images, it makes more sense to work over our image in an image editor, rather than trying to define some sort of "global" editing adjustment that will be applied to every image we shoot.

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