General Features


Reset & Global Presets

The Reset Button

If you want to restart with the default settings or just started processing on a new image, it is a good idea to click on the Reset button. The Reset button performs the action that was last chosen on its menu. This menu appears when you click on the arrow button to the right of the Reset button. The Reset button makes the sample area marquee disappear, which means that the whole preview area is sampled again.

Clicking the small arrow button to the right of the Reset button displays a menu with various reset options. "Default Settings" deactivates a lot of other controls, but activates the default setting for the Auto Contrast and Exposure Fix options."Original Image" deactivates all corrections and displays the uncorrected image. "Preview Settings" loads the settings that were used for correcting the previous image. "Own Defaults" opens the preset file that was either already specified, or if this is not the case, will prompt you for one. "Logged Settings" will try to open a preset that was automatically saved when you corrected the same image the last time.


The Top Arrow-Down Menu

If you click on the arrow-down button at the left of the Mode combo box, a menu will be displayed. This menu includes options for opening and saving presets and a list of all presets from the Preset sub folder of the ContrastMaster folder. A global presets is file that stores the effect settings of ContrastMaster. It can be used to restore often needed settings.

Open Presets

Several global presets are already delivered with ContrastMaster, which can be useful as a starting point. They are located in the Presets sub folder of the installation folder. They change all settings of ContrastMaster. In contrast to that the local presets, which are located on tab sheets, only influence a few controls.

When you choose the Open Preset menu item, a file dialog displaying the files of the Presets sub folder appears and let you select a preset file. The folder of the last opened preset is displayed by default in the file dialog.

Save Preset

You can save the current ContrastMaster settings as a preset with the help of the Save Preset menu item. Please save presets into the Presets sub folder at

Windows 2000/XP:
c:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\ThePluginSite\ContrastMaster\
Windows Vista/7: c:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\ThePluginSite\ContrastMaster\

otherwise they will not appear at the bottom of the menu.

You can open a saved preset again with the Open Preset menu item or by selecting them on the same menu.

Preset Items

At the bottom of the menu is a list of ContrastMaster presets. In case you already saved presets in the application data folder (see "Save Preset" above), they are displayed first followed by a separation line. Then the included presets, which are located in the Presets sub folder of the installation folder, are shown.

If you choose a preset from this menu, it is immediately applied and changes all settings. Choosing a preset directly from the menu, is faster than hunting it with the Open Preset command.