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.
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.