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How to Create and Save Styles and Presets

Lesson 24 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

How to Create and Save Styles and Presets

Lesson 24 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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24. How to Create and Save Styles and Presets


Class Trailer



What's Possible with Capture One: Quick Edit


Capture One Versions: Installation Basics


Interface Introduction and Customization


The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts


Image Management Basics


Organization Best Practices


Building your First Catalog


Image File Management Automation


Advanced Catalog Organization


How to Add Meta Data


Searching and Filtering Techniques


Further Catalog Strategies


Basic Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Advanced Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Basic Composing Techniques: Cropping, Rotation, Straightening


How to Correct for Perspective


Basic Tool Behavior


Tool Basics Part 1


Tool Basics Part 2


Converting to Black and White and Adding Grain


How to Apply Image Adjustments Globally


Sharpening and Noise Reduction


How to Create and Save Styles and Presets


Why Should You Shoot Tethered?


How to Set-Up Your Tethered Hardware


How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project


Basic Session Workflow Organizing And Making Selects


Basic Session Workflow Exporting


Advanced Session Workflow


Creating Selections With Smart Albums


Advanced Exporting


Saving Session Templates


Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot


Using The Color Editor Basic Color Adjustment


Skin Tone Adjustments


Color Grading Using The Color Balance Tool


Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color


Create Masks for Local Adjustments using Brushes & Gradients


Advanced Local Adjustments using Masks


Dodging and Burning in Capture One


Creating Local Adjustments with the Color Editor


How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing


How to Remove Objects in your Image


Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments


Exporting with File>Export


Export Strategies and Proofing Previews with Process Recipes


How to Export for Social Media


More Clever Tricks with Capture One Pro 10


Final Q&A


Lesson Info

How to Create and Save Styles and Presets

Now once we've copied adjustments to the adjustments clipboard, let's just take this black and white for example. Let's say copy, straight away you can see everything that belongs to that image like so. Now we might like to take what we've done here to this image, and then use it on something else. So that becomes a style. So if you remember we spoke about tool presets. A preset that's just from one particular tool. So a preset is one particular tool. A style is a collection of all those different tools saved as one particular style. So once we've pressed copy, I think you know I really like what it's done to this image. I wanna put it on something else, why don't I save that as a style. So within the same tool tab, the adjustments tool tab, we've got the styles and presets tool. So if I wanna save whatever I've done in Capture One, I can hit the plus button and it will pop up and say save style like so. And it will show me all the various different things that we've got applied. Now a...

gain, before you go super keen ahead and hit save, you might like to just have a quick look down the list and think is there anything on here that doesn't make sense, to globally apply to other images? And an obvious one here is the crop and rotation 'cause it doesn't make sense to have the same crop and same rotation for other stuff. We can see we've got some grain that could make sense as a style; we've got some rating and a color tag that doesn't make sense because that would apply that to an image when we use the style as well. And there's no other metadata, there's black and white which makes sense. We've got white balance and color balance as well. White balance is a funny one, it probably doesn't make sense to have white balance as a style as well 'cause that's gonna be individual to different images. So if you've already set the white balance on an image and you then throw on a style and it skews that white balance, then it doesn't really make sense again. But saturation, brightness, contrast, shadow recovery that could be all valid things for a style. So now if we say save, we get to do it. So let's call this black and white... edgy for lack of a better word. And by default that will go into the styles folder which was in that location where we looked right earlier on in the lessons when we were talking about workspaces and keyboard shortcuts. So now if we say save, we've now got a Capture One style. So let's just go to another image with no adjustments for example. And if we look in the styles and presets tool, we've got user styles and built in styles. So there are some built in styles that you can play with, and we've also got the user style that I've just made. So as soon as I click on this, it gives me an instant preview like so. So if I choose it then it applies that style right away. Now there's nothing to stop me thinking, well on this image it's a bit too contrasty. So I just dial that back. Remember the style that looks good on one image might not look so good on another image, for example. To help kind of, applying styles something which I think is useful is to avoid having to go to the adjustments tool tab is if we right click on our tool bar and say customize, we can actually grab an icon called styles here and put that where ever we want like so. And regardless of what tool tab I'm in, let's just reset this image. I can go up here and I've got access to the styles pallet straight away, so I can go down here and say black and white edgy, and job's done. I can apply that in a batch as well. So if we just took the top row for example, and said user styles black and white edgy then it previews all of those thumbnails at the same time. So let's just make the thumbnails a bit bigger so it's easier to see. So you can imagine if you've got more than one style, you can flick through those and see, see the effects as such. So if we go to black and white then we can pop down these. Well out of this group of images you know what, I think black and white portrait five looks nice, let's pick that and now that's applied to all those images, nice and quick. Then of course if we went ahead and thought you know what, it's just a little bit too contrasty, let's dial that back. Shift click my up down button, then straight away that applies it to everything else. So you can move pretty fast I'd say. Just be aware that the style looks great on one image, you put it another expecting it to look fantastic and then it looks kind of you know, super crappy. So just be aware it's not necessarily a one thing fits all. But having the styles icon at the top means at any point when you're thinking styles then you can do so. By default we have this little stack styles thing checked on, which means exactly that. You can put one style on top of each other. So we've already added black and white portrait five, but then let's say I just wanted to add my metadata preset then I can do that with one click as well. And then perhaps I just wanted to add let's say just a curve, like an extra contrast curve like so. So you can happily click away through the styles tool like so. And again, remember I think one of the nice things about Capture One is if you have this checked on, remember the toggle between edit all or only edit primary, things like that like applying a style, applying keywords happens on all the images simultaneously so it's really good for the speed. Grabbing something like you know, the rotation tool, rotation and flip, you know that only happens on one image cause if you imagine we had you know a hundred images selected, that's a awful lot of calculations and maths going on. So more tricky stuff like that when you first make it, and then just a quick shift click on the others will then set that rotation. Any questions on that, Jim? Taking a peek, David. Okay. Let's see Can these styles automatically be automatically applied on the import based on tokens? No, but you can choose a style on the import process. I don't quite know how you'd link a token to the style, because really what you would do here like if we wanted to import the set of images and we wanted to use my black and white edgy we would do just that. But remember, Capture One doesn't edit the raw file, that's just an adjustment sort of layer over the top. So if you imported with that style and decided that wasn't what you wanted to do, then of course it's easy to reverse that process. But no, not a token. You just pick it in the import window under adjustments.

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Ratings and Reviews


This is a good overview of Capture One 10. The course is well structured and presented logically and progressively with clear and concise examples. The software is intricate and the amount of details presented will benefit from a second or third viewing, along with sufficient practice. David is an excellent teacher, slow enough to follow, fast enough to keep the listener's interest. I would agree with a previous reviewer that the shooting session was uninspired but the tethered demo was thoroughly useful nevertheless for someone to become an assistant, for instance. If you have ever used LR in this role, you will appreciate the power and stability of C1 for tethering. With regards to the comment about this class being non-creative; before you can run you have to walk and this course is all about understanding how to operate the software not about what you eventually want to do with it. Capture One is well designed, speedy and its homogeneous interface makes it easy to get to a result once you have a good knowledge of its layout and principles, compared for example with LR which is all over the place with modes, inconsistent and slow operations. Likewise, the C1 color editor is miles ahead of LR color functions, in simplicity and overall efficiency. This class is about mechanics for a reason; creativity is a parallel stream. It would have been beneficial to have a module highlighting major differences with LR for people migrating to Capture One as the word on the street is that C1 is hard. I would suggest to listen in to convince yourself of the contrary. All in all, I recommend this class; it is time well invested if you want to become more comfortable with Capture One and discover its potential.


The course is excellent and David does a nice job. However, I'm an advanced armature, not a professional. I had my own personal color darkroom, then Photoshop/Bridge, and NIK which I still use occasionally. My intention is to rely on Capture One which I purchased about 90 days ago. I would have appreciated a SIMPLE, here is how you load (Import) an image, "save" or "save as" and how to simply export an image (Variant). Yes those items are covered but, David has a tendency to casually and very quickly jump from Tool Tabs or Cursor Tools or the Tool Bar and then magically it's done and he has moved on. How did he do it. Based on David's training, I love the results I get with Capture One Pro. Yes, I know this is not Photoshop - it's much better. I never used Lightroom. I added variant to my vocabulary and I understand all the tools. I still struggle with the simple import, save, save as, and export of a image I worked on and cropped, then trying to consistently open that image as I see it in Capture One Pro. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and I don't know why. I will continue to re-review the course materials and I will figure it out. I know there is something simple I missed as David navigated the various tools and pull downs. I recommend this class but it does little for the armature. Capture One Pro is second nature to him and he knows all the ins and outs. I would help me a lot if he just add a 5 minute intro, importing an image from a folder, just crop it, then export the variant and open it in Photoshop.

Maria Baptiste

I recently purchased Capture One because I needed a RAW converter that was more dependable and also more reliable when it came to shooting tethered. I also noticed that many of the photogs I follow really enjoy using Capture One and rave about its efficiency. After looking at a few YouTube videos I decided that I needed something more thorough and of course CreativeLive delivered. This is an excellent course and David Grover is a superb instructor. His in depth and thorough knowledge of the software is obvious but his manner of speaking and the simplicity with which he provides directions makes it easy to learn Capture One and lets you appreciate a sophisticated and expertly engineered software. If you're working with Capture One 11, layers is a little different than in version 10 but otherwise everything David discusses is the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will continue to refer back to sections as needed. Thank you Creative Live and David Grover!!

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