With Cloudinary's APIs, you can create dozens of upload presets for different use cases, like: removing the background from an image, flagging a file for content moderation, or simply making sure your asset makes its way into the right folder. Check out more use cases in our Upload presets and Upload API documentation.
At Cloudinary, presets can be signed or unsigned. Unsigned presets are used with unsigned upload calls. For example, when uploading directly from the browser on the frontend. In this tutorial we focus entirely on signed presets on the backend. You can find more information on the difference between signed and unsigned presets in our Upload presets documentation.
If this is your first time setting up your development environment with Cloudinary, we recommend watching our Upload Programmatically tutorial. It will also walk you through how to make your first upload.
Our first example script uses Cloudinary's Admin API to create a basic upload preset. We'll use that to upload an image to our account, with instructions on how to store it and actions to carry out as part of the upload process.