Digital Lith Tutorials – The Digital Lith Exchange

There is a place where you can get predefined presets, as well as streaking or process modules. We have not yet talked about streaking or process modules that is going to be covered in a later episode. For now let’s deal with the presets flavor of the exchange.

You remember from a previous episode that there is an Exchange button below the presets list. Clicking that button the program will lead you to the preset exchange. Instead of that button you can also use the Presets menu where you find an entry to go to the exchange or (a hell lot of possibilities for something that you do not very often) you can got to the Exchange menu where there is an entry for the presets exchange.

Needless to say, you will have to be connected to the internet to find your way to the exchange. If you do not want the program to connect to the internet – for whatever reason you can think of, some people do not like a program to connect to the outside world – then there is no presets exchange for you as there is no other way to get the the presets.

Having that in mind, let’s go to the Digital Lith Exchange. You do this via one of the above possibilities. The program then downloads a list of available presets and show them in a dialog like this:

Here you can select one or more presets and once you click on Import they will get imported and you will find them in the list of presets.

If you like to get more info about a specific preset you can click on Read more … and a bit more of description is shown and if you set to show the preview images in the preferences you will also see the effect of the preset in an overview and crop image.

Now go back to the preferences and set the exchange directory to a suitable spot in your file system. Once that is done go to the Exchange menu again, but this time select the Streaking item. You will be presented again with a list of items to be installed. This time it is the available streaking modules. The usage is pretty much the same as with the presets, there is a possibility to get more info about a streaking module and you can select one or more of them to be installed. Once you hit Import they will be downloaded to the extension directory that you defined in the preferences.

With the process modules it is just the same as with the streaking modules.

The items that get downloaded are pretty small in size, so the download should not take too long.

Now that you have downloaded some streaking module it is time to have a closer look into uneven development which is covered in the next episode: Click!