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Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 11 of 48

Basic Export


Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 11 of 48

Basic Export


Lesson Info

Basic Export

the next stage. If you think of capture, one quick start is to export out into tiffs. J begs final formats for further work and photo shop or delivery and so on. So there's two ways to do this in capture one. There is the sort of quick and dirty method on there is the repeatable, much smarter method. So quick and dirty method that's just hide my browser. It's where you would expect it to be. We would say file export images and then variants remember variances The capture. One term for those images. Originals will essentially just allow us to duplicate the raw files and put them in a different place So originals doesn't make sense. In this case, that would just give us a duplicate of the raw file. We want toe export those variants, too. Something else. So this dialogue pops up, which allows us to specify location and the file type like JPEG tiff and someone. So first of all, destination leads to use a folder. I just reset this. Let's choose a folder. So we want to drop them in pictures.

We can add a sub folder much like we did before. When we imported on. We can do this by typing manually so I can just fast capture one to create the folder like this. All we could use tokens as well, renaming if we wish, and then the recipe down here allows us to to define whether it's JPEG tiff. So let's say we want to have tiff files and they need to be in Adobe RGB and they need to be a full size fixed at 100% like so. So all these categories just allow us to define what the farmers should be. And then, if I say export capturing will stop processing, you can see the little process. Well, there's the activity bar on. Our export is complete. If we say OK and I go to my pictures, you can see my images and here they sit like so that's fine, but it's kind of inefficient if I want to have more than one image type. So let's say I need some J pigs as well, just to quickly throw up on a website or something like that. So I have to go back in and say export images variants change this to Jay Pig. Perhaps they need to be a slightly different size, so the longest edge are, say needs to be 1500 pixels and someone, and that will export them again. Wait for that progress and so on. That's only four images. If that was 1000 images, that's kind of inefficient to keep having to go into that dialogue. Change of parameters start on export. Go back into the dialogue, change the parameters, start another another export and so on. Now I use this method sometimes just to get a quick export, maybe one or two images. But if you're dealing with large quantities of images, then it makes much more sense to use process recipes, which is kind of like a preset for export. So you'll find them in the second to last tour tab. And these really are just presets for export. So these are the 12345 that comes default. But we can define any kind of recipe we want. So let's do the last one that we just did. So ah, say, plus on we say this is gonna be a J peg whips J. Peg, which is 1500 PX on the long edge. Like so Now I need to define this underneath, so it's gonna be a J pic. We can change our J pic quality. We can change our color profile on the scale. I said the long edge. I wanted to be 1500 pixels like so output location. I need to choose that. Let's choose a folder and we're gonna put them in my images once more. So that's now my output folder. And let's also at the same time export the tips as well, so I can activate to process recipes or three or four or five at the same time. So now we can have the tiffs on the J pigs going at the same time. So this will be a tiff, maximum resolution and so on. Now all of them are going to go into this folder called My Images. Let's just clear out those old ones and again, once again, you'll see tokens pop up because we can ask Capture one to help divide them based on a whole bunch of criteria again. So you'll see here sub folder. If I click on the box here again, we've got tons of these tokens which we can use, which could be camera serial number the date they were captured. All kinds of stuff on were doom. Or on that, especially when we shoot tethered as well. We can use tokens to really help us on our exports on the tethered shop, but in this case, I'm going to use a really simple one. Let's go to the General group and pick out recipe name so that's gonna make a folder based on the recipe name and automatically slow those images in there. So I've got to process recipes ticked, and I can just say process down here like so all we can use a short cut key. But let's click this button process that run those to process recipes simultaneously. If we go to the export folder Weaken, See, we've got J peg images tucked in their folder by the same name and then tiff images also tucked in their folder by the same name. That's just a really simple example. Weaken build on a lot more with tokens if we wish, but just doing something like that will save you a huge amount of time. Rather than going back into an output dialogue and back out again and so on and so forth as the course goes through were pick up on these, you know, a little bit more as well. Um, because they pop up all the way through. You know, general work flow, that exporting is the last thing that we do or round tripping to photo shop or something like that. So I think that brings us almost to the end off this segment. Any questions from the audience? Yes. Is there somewhere in there, too? Limited, specific file size? I had something recently where he needed to do that, and I didn't know where to find it. In capture you, it's Ah, it's a really good question, and it's something that comes up a lot, but it's it's not possible to limit to a file size. Uh, the reason for that is because, and I know it kind. It could be useful, but the reason for that generally is because then your compression is going very image to image. So let's say you had 25 images, which you had to have a certain limit then. The compression, like for J pick, for example, depends on the image content, so some images will compress quite small, and some will struggle to compress to the same amount. So if you say well, every image can't be any bigger than one megabyte, for example, then when you export all those images and look at them to keep them within those boundaries than the Jay Peak, compression might have to be set quite low. So then, when your images are looked at some, we're gonna look super nice and some are gonna look, Maybe not so nice. So while I agree, it might be useful for sort of image quality integrity, it's not necessarily the best option. You're better off with something like scaling it to a certain pixel. Dimensions like the longest edge can only be Max 2000 or something like that. So if you can find out, okay, are your image size requirements because off dimensions or other reasons normally, or find that with a pixel dimension, then every single image will look the same quality. The final starts were very, of course, as compression technology does, but you won't have this issue of having images at different quality levels. So I hope that makes sense. Any other questions? You know, I haven't issue with my use export variants, regardless of the destination, it goes to a prior destination. Good question. So if we go, is this using file export images or the process recipes? Okay, so if we go in here, what you might find is that for whatever reason, the destination. As you said, it's not going to the correct place. The easiest way to do that is to go to resettle up here, and that will take everything back to the default. And it won't recognize any sort of previous path. So do that. Are you working in a catalogue or a session? We're gonna count along okay. Yeah, just go for that reset tool. If you get any weird behavior like that, it's generally because the Apophis is set to that old destination. So going here, reset toe each time you do it. What you will find with process recipes is that you won't really have that issue because your output location is defined here. You can also reset this tool as well and always go back to whichever folder needs to be. If I just use pictures quickly, a surefire way of seeing exactly where it's going to go see this little tiny arrow here. If we tap that, that will show us in Finder or Explorer exactly where images are going to go on again. Any weird behavior. Reset the tool and stop get makes sense. Any other questions in the L Point naming you put variance in that tokens are tokens. Yeah, exactly so in the output naming tool. And we do a bit more of this when we shoot tethered as well. This works in exactly the same principle as tokens. So if I wanted Teoh, add something else. So right now it's image name, which is the same as the raw file is. It was generated from the camera. But let's say we wanted toe have the recipe format as well. Liked it for Jay Peak or the recipe name. I can either choose the token boy clicking on the box and picking it up. Or, if you know the name of the token. It's something regularly that you use like for its armful recipe name. If I start typing, it gives me a token suggestions so I could add the recipe name to this vile, not file format as well, and I can divide this up. Oops. Forget the right symbol. I can add symbols in between. There we go get there eventually. So if I want to divide this up so I've got the image name and then the recipe name as well. So have the original image name and the recipe named that it's used as well, for example, So now if I just process thes two out once again, oh helps if you choose an output folder. So let's just put them in here on Bennett starts processing and you'll see that this one is called down here. J Peg 1500 Long Edge. And so again, there's loads a token, so it could be very imposition. So if you have different variants of the same image, it could call it very one very too, which is really useful all kinds of token possibilities there. As I said, we do a bit more of that when we she attended a swell Yes, So for the job name Field is that kind of move. Unless you put in a token that you want the job name to go. Yeah, so So there's one thing that we we didn't let's find it put location. Yeah, There's also a job name token down here, like as you can see. So if you've used a job name, token elsewhere, then it will also pick it up there as well. So if you don't have a job, name token, then no, nothing is gonna happen here. So But if we put in job name like so, then it will use whatever is popped in here. So if this was a job for creative life, then we could tuck that in there on then. It would also use that in the naming. As you see, that's often quite useful one which I often have an output naming because they're not just chucking a job name there as well.

Class Description


  • Understand the interface and terminology in Capture One Pro 12
  • Setup your workspace and shortcuts to fit your habits
  • Build a workflow and editing strategy to save time and maximize results
  • Control the dynamics of color and texture with Capture One’s RAW conversion engine
  • Tackle a wide variety of image problems with photo editing
  • Learn the new features inside Capture One Pro 12
  • Master advanced image editing techniques
  • Shoot tethered photos -- and edit as you shoot


Capture One Pro 12 allows you to seamlessly capture, organize and edit your images all in one space. But the wide variety of tools and customization options in the photo editing program from Phase One can make the software a challenge for new users.

In this course, David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert, shows you how to overcome the initial hurdles of learning this program so you can hit the ground running. From basic techniques to advanced edits, you'll learn start-to-finish photo editing and asset management inside Capture One Pro 12.

Whether you are new to Capture One, are coming from an older version of the program, or are switching from another photo editor, you'll master everything from import to export. In this class, David shares everything from workflow to editing, exporting and even shooting tethered- all the while giving you helpful examples and visual aids to drive home each lesson. By the end of this intensive course, you’ll be ready to manage and edit your photos in one streamlined process.


  • Beginner and intermediate Capture One users
  • Photographers in need of a post-processing workflow that are working with one of the more than 500 compatible camera models
  • from Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, Phase One, and others
  • Photographers who want to enhance RAW images and make them look extraordinary
  • Photographers incorporating tethered shooting into their process
  • Professional photographers switching from another editing program


Capture One Pro 12


As a member of the software team behind Capture One, David Grover is an expert on the ins and outs of Capture One Pro 12. But with experience running weekly webinars on the photo editing software, David is also a respected educator in the industry. Shooting since the age of 16, David is both a photographer and a photo editor. He lives in the UK with his wife and two children.


  1. Interface Overview

    Get acquainted with Capture One Pro with a quick overview of the program, including where the different controls and options are located. In the first half of the class, David walks through a quick start of the software before diving into the advanced tools.

  2. Customizing Your Workspace and Keyboard Shortcuts

    Capture One Pro offers full control of your workspace, allowing you to customize where the controls are situated. Learn how to design a workspace that works for you, along with tips for creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts. In this lesson, David also notes the differences between running the image editor on Mac and on a PC.

  3. Making Your First Catalog

    With a workspace in place, begin working with your images by creating your first catalog. Learn how to create an organized home for your photos in the editing software. Here, David also shares tips for organizing images and maximizing performance.

  4. Importing Your First Images

    Add your RAW files to the catalog in this lesson, picking up tricks for including subfolders and avoiding duplicate images. Work on asset management essentials like where to save files and renaming images.

  5. Virtual Organization

    Starting Capture One Pro with a basic organization scheme will save time and trouble in the long run. Pick up basics on getting images organized inside the imaging software -- and keeping them that way. Work with moving files, managing folders, finding images on the hard drive and more.

  6. Basic Tool Behavior

    Jump into image processing by learning how the different tools work. Pick up essentials like the hidden tools for returning the settings back to zero and reviewing the before and after of just a single adjustment. By starting with an understanding of the options that comes with each type of control, you'll be better poised to diving into the nitty-gritty of photo editing.

  7. Starting Approach to Editing

    What do you edit first? Establish a basic editing workflow and optimize both your time and the image quality. Dan shares tips on which edits to tackle first and why. Work with tools like exposure and white balance, then move into levels for adjusting shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.

  8. Next Level Editing

    Continue layering on adjustments. Learn the difference between the brightness slider and the exposure slider, then move to next level tools like saturation, clarity, contrast, the RGB curve, and the luminosity curve. See a comparison between similar tools to see the difference between each one.

  9. Color Tools Overview

    Fine-tune the colors in images using the color editor and color balance tools. Learn the difference between the two options and how to use each one. Then, move into specifics like the skin tone tool and adjusting specific colors.

  10. Basic Copy Paste Workflow

    Capture One Pro includes tools to help you avoid repetitive work. See how to copy the adjustments from one image to paste them onto the next. Then, adjust the default options on how the tool works.

  11. Basic Export

    Once you are finished with a basic edit, images need to be exported for sharing or printing. Navigate the different export options like file type, recipes, and more.

  12. Getting Started on an Edit

    Capture One is good for more than just quick edits -- get started in more advanced editing tools in the second segment of the class. In this lesson, discuss topics like how much editing is too much, planning the edit, and more.

  13. Adding Layers to Your Toolkit

    In Capture One Pro, layers allow you to apply local adjustments, or changes made only to a small portion of the image. Learn how to use separate layers and masks to fine-tune an image using the brush tools and other local adjustment options.

  14. Radial and Linear Gradients

    The linear and radial gradient masks allow for creating layer masks that follow a shape for local adjustments without painting on with a brush. Work with these two types of masks to fine-tune the image through more local adjustment options.

  15. Luminosity Masking

    The luminosity mask tool adjusts images based on light, applying the masked effect to just the shadows or highlights, for example. Master this more advanced local adjustment to fine-tune the photograph.

  16. More Advanced Layers

    Now that you know how to use layers for local adjustments, see them in action. In this lesson, David walks through layer adjustments on a handful of images to demonstrate the different possibilities of these tools.

  17. Removing Simple Objects and Local Adjustments

    Learn how to remove an object from a photograph inside Capture One Pro. Using the clone and heal layers, remove distractions from images with this toolset.

  18. Advanced Color Edits

    Head back into the color editor tool and build in advanced techniques. Learn how to select and adjust specific color ranges, including helpful shortcuts.

  19. Using the Color Range to Select Just What You Need

    Put those color tools in action on sample edits. In this lesson, David demonstrates how to use the color editor tool to adjust a single object, without affecting the rest of the image.

  20. Editing Colors in General

    Expand your color editing repertoire with several real-world samples. Learn how to use the color tools to enhance the sky in a landscape image or to remove distractions in street photography.

  21. Editing Skin Tones

    Capture One Pro breaks out skin tones into a dedicated tab to better help photo editors easily work with portraits. Find out how to correct skin color to remove redness and other imperfections.

  22. Combining Color Selections with Layers

    What if you have an image with two objects that have identical color, but you only want to adjust one of them? Fine-tune your color adjustments using layers to adjust only a single area of color.

  23. Creating Masks From the Color Editor

    The same selections that you make in the color editor can be converted into masks to adjust more than just the color in that area. Unlike the color tools, this technique can be used to make a selection that adjusts other elements, like sharpness, contrast, and clarity.

  24. Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool

    Get creative with color grading by using the color balance tool. See how the tool works, then see real-life examples of the technique in action. Build your own color grading station by adding a custom tab into the workflow.

  25. Intro to Second Day

    Ahead of a live shoot, get a jump start on what's next: tethered shooting and sessions.

  26. Session Overview

    Unlike a catalog, a session is designed to organize a single event. Learn how sessions are organized, how the software manages the files, how to create a new session and more.

  27. Tethered Basics

    If you've never shot with a tether before, there are a few basics you need to know first. In this lesson, David shares beginner's tips on connecting the camera and computer for a tethered session. Then, see the camera and software prepped for the tether live.

  28. Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions

    Tethered sessions do not need to be organized into a single folder. Learn how to separate images into folders as you shoot and how to create a custom file name.

  29. Controlling the Camera

    Adjust camera options directly inside Capture One Pro. Here, David shows how to customize the tethered workspace, how to connect the camera, and how to remotely adjust camera settings.

  30. Handling Next Capture Adjustments

    Start shooting from inside Capture One, then learn how to make adjustments that will apply to all the subsequent photographs. Explore advanced options for tethered shooting.

  31. Using Live View Focusing and Overlay

    See what your camera sees while working remotely using Live View. In this lesson, David shares how to use the Live View feature, along with the Overlay option when working with composites or images with text.

  32. Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums

    With the tethered shooting session finished, choose the images from the live shoot using tools like color tags and ratings. Then, work with filtering options and smart albums.

  33. Saving a Session Template

    Starting a new tethered shoot doesn't necessarily mean starting everything over from scratch. Learn how to save a session template so you can easily re-use that organization scheme.

  34. Overview of Process Recipes

    Process recipes make exporting simple. Build your own process recipes for working with image files inside Capture One.

  35. Tokens Overview

    In Capture One Pro, tokens help organize images with metadata and keywords. Learn how to use tokens to create custom file names based on factors like when the image was shot. Use tokens to save images in specific folders based on their color tag or rating, rather than doing multiple exports.

  36. A Simple Round Trip

    Capture One Pro plays well with other image editors. Learn how to take a photo out of Capture One and into Adobe Photoshop or other programs, then bring the file back into the catalog. Work with a PSD file inside Capture One.

  37. Sharpening Workflow

    Sharpening can be adjusted in three different ways in Capture One. In this lesson, work with lens corrections to apply specific sharpening algorithms, sharpening sliders, and sharpening at the export.

  38. Creating a Recipe for Web Output

    Quickly share files online by creating your own recipe for exporting images. David walks through the options and some of the best settings for prepping images for the web as well as how to preview what the file will look like compressed.

  39. Selecting with a File Name List

    Design a process recipe for uploading to cloud storage and adding a watermark. Then, learn how to easily select images based on a list of filenames, such as when a client sends you a list of the photos that they like.

  40. Using Plugins and Sharing to Clients with PRODIBI

    Plugins can expand Capture One's capabilities. In this lesson, lean how to install plugins and how to use the PRODIBI option for online proofing and galleries.

  41. Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!

    In the final segment of the course, walk through full edits for various types of shots. In the first set, work with an image that needs just a few basic adjustments.

  42. Image 2 - Radial or Gradient Masks, Object Removal

    Continue perfecting real, RAW images with this pet shot. Work with a radial gradient mask, apply selective sharpening, and more.

  43. Image 3 - Keystone Tool and Aspect Ratio

    Correct perspective on architectural images using the Keystone tool. Then work with structural adjustments, lens corrections, and other adjustments.

  44. Image 4 - Using Styles in Capture One

    Work with styles to make quick adjustments to an entire image. Learn how to work with styles as a layer and further fine-tuning tips.

  45. Image 5 - Black and White

    Continue building your editing strategy and workflow and work with a black and white conversion. Customize the look of a black and white conversion and make monochrome-specific edits.

  46. Image 6 - Landscape

    Correct a landscape image, using tools common for the category like the Keystone tool, saturation, radial gradients, and more.

  47. Image 7 - Portrait

    Explore the tools for editing a portrait. Revisit skin tone adjustments, remove distractions and more in the edit for a casual portrait.

  48. Image 8 - Action in Lowlight

    Editing low light images is often a challenge -- see how to tackle this type of edit. Work with gradient masks, selective brightening, color grading and more. Finally, gain additional insight from student questions.



This is a superb course. David is an excellent teacher. I'm coming to the end of it and have learnt so much. I've been using the software for a year, self-learning as I went along. I had watched the odd David Grover video on YouTube, but never got much further in my understanding of the software. Capture One is brilliant software and to do it justice you need to learn it properly from an expert. Highly recommend this course if you want to produce professional results.


Excellent course and a very engaging speaker. If you are starting with Capture One 12, this is the best class to take. The lessons are presented and explained in an organized way that it shortens the learning curve. Thank you, David. Cheers!

Jino Lee

One of the best course I've purchased. Very helpful and I learned so much more with this course and in a short period of time, than all the official Capture One You Tube videos put together! Anyways David Grover is the same guy who does the Phase One C1 official YouTube videos, so there's no better person to conduct this course than him! Truly excellent and if you think you know all about C1 Pro 12 interface, wait till you watch this course.