I must admit that one of my favorite features in Capture One are predefined Styles. Working with RAW files and having at my disposal huge amount of data enables great flexibility and gives plenty of space for creative experiments.
Capture One by default comes with a set of built-in Styles and Presets. Presets are settings for a single adjustment, while Styles are collections of Presets. When you apply a Style to your image it can control multiple adjustments, which means it will set multiple parameters in your RAW file with a single click. It’s important to remember that not all images are suitable for all styles. Applying a style can work great as a starting point, giving you for example a variety of color grading options. Don’t fall in the trap of taking Styles as “one click” editing workflow. Use them generously as a sort of opener and always fine tune the adjustments manually.
Experimenting with Styles can help you to discover new editing possibilities. Looking at my own work I can say that I tend to stick with my editing process to techniques and color treatments that produced for me satisfying results in various scenarios in the past. Nothing wrong with that, unless it starts feeling no longer as a creative process, but as a routine.
The beauty of workflow incorporating Styles lies in instant results. Simply saying - trying out multiple different looks for a set of freshly created images is great fun! Sometimes I take the laptop with an intention of quickly checking one editing option, then start playing with Styles and the process pulls me in for hours, producing in the end visually pleasing, unexpected outcome.
If I’m particularly happy with certain results achieved with Styles, I simply take a piece of paper, pen and analyse them. This takes just a few minutes but can bring some interesting insights, I’m always fascinated with other photographers personal methods, always eager to see what hides “under the hood”.
Watch the video and discover the power of Styles and Presets for yourself. In this hands-on process, you’ll learn how to copy a complete set of adjustments applied to one photo and reapply them to a new image from the same series. Together we’ll fine-tune the adjustments to match the new frame and achieve perfect results in no time.
The video is part of "Capture One 12 in Action for Beginners" video course.
The complete video course covers:
- How to take advantage of the benefits of shooting in a RAW format
- Easy installation and setup of Quick Capture One 12’s free trial download on your computer
- How to start your RAW edits by selecting the optimal Base Characteristic Curve
- Basic Lens Corrections: Chromatic Aberration
- Smart methods of performing global and selective luminosity adjustments
- The best ways to work with layers, standard masks and the Luma Range Mask tool
- Correcting color temperature and creating a mood with the White Balance tool
- Proven color grading techniques with Curves (RGB & Luma Curve), Color Balance and Color Editor tools
- Keyboard shortcuts that will speed up your workflow using Capture One styles, intelligent copying and how to reapply adjustments to multiple images
- Stylish matt finish effect and custom vignette application