Can you really do what C1 and LR/PS styles/presets do on your own?

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MinAZ
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Can you really do what C1 and LR/PS styles/presets do on your own?

I've read often that people won't buy presets/styles (Capture 1) because they say they can do it on their own. Can they really?

1. Even if you could, wouldn't you save much more time simply clicking on a style than having to do it from scratch every single time?

2. I know that many preset/style software do far more than move sliders. Some use AI to intelligently apply settings to a photo depending on what sort of photo it is (try doing that on your own in LR!), others use various pattern or random generators to mimic noise or sharpening. Examples are Topaz and Alien Skin. I'm not sure if RNI and VSCO use any advanced algorithms, but I do think their preset are really good too.

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