Пресеты для capture one


Capture One Film Styles Review

Capture One Film Styles Review

Introduction and pricing

Recently Alexander Svet, Phase One Certified Professional and person behind excellent Capture One Blog, contacted me asking to review their Film Styles preset collection for Capture One. I agreed. If you’re interested to learn more about the presets, visit their official web site:

http://1Styles.pro

In case of Adobe Lightroom there are tons of both free and premium presets but the presets market on Capture One doesn’t look so good at the moment (hopefully that will change!) so I was even more eager to give those presets a try.

The presets cost 49.95$ and for that price you get 100 presets – 58 color presets and 42 black & white ones. They are good for Capture One 7 and Capture One 8.

Installation of the presets is a piece of cake – you can either move them to a correct folder (on Windows it’s C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Local\CaptureOne\Styles50\) or import them directly from Capture One.

Each of the preset was created to replicate the film effect it was named after. The name of the preset also includes ISO value and sometimes variant of the preset if there is more than one available. And naming of the presets is my biggest concern with this set. Although many of the presets look very good, a lot of photographers started their “career” in digital era so names like Fuji Provia 400X v1 might mean very little to them. And in fact they do mean very little to me. Even though I started taking photos in the film age I wasn’t really passionate about it at that time – I was shooting with Fuji films by the way – I became serious about photography when I switched to digital which made it much more affordable for me. So I had to do a lot of guessing to choose the right preset for my images as their names didn’t provide me with enough information to choose wisely.

Now, as I said this is the biggest issue – other than that the presets are very useful and they give photos quite unique and nice look – the images indeed look like if they were taken in the film age. There is something soft about this look. Something that was lost when we moved to digital. I also really liked a lot of B&W presets as they somewhat filled the gap caused by the fact that I can’t use my beloved Topaz BW Effects from within Capture One (if you don’t know this already: Capture One unfortunately doesn’t support any plug-ins…). Also it turned out a lot of colour ones are a good starting point for my landscape photography.

Examples

Below you can see some photos and how they look when they are processed with presets from the collection – image on the left is original unedited image and image on the right is the same image after applying one of the presets. No other adjustments were added by me:

1. Fuji Velvia 100

2. Ilford HP5 Plus 400

3. Fuji Provia 400X

 

Summary

Summing up, I already mentioned in my review of Capture One 10 that this software works very well in replicating look & feel of photos from film age and the Film Styles presets from Alexander Svet take this concept one step further by providing very good representation of various films.

Presets included in the collection are great starting point and with so many to choose from (there are 100 presets in the collection) everyone should find something that will fit their needs & post-processing style. Not only photographers who miss shooting film.

Pros:

  • a lot of presets (100) to choose from
  • presets indeed give film look to the pictures – and they look beautiful
  • they are good starting point for post-processing images
  • reasonable price

Cons:

  • presets have names that will be meaningless to many photographers
  • presets don’t simulate grain despite the fact there is now option in Capture One to create grain. There is, however, new set from the same authors called Extended Set which contains 100 presets some of which emulate film grain.

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Capture One Presets • Image Alchemist

Capture One Presets are the building blocks for a powerful workflow. This first post introduces the main features. You can learn the basics of presets in an earlier post Adjustments In-Depth.

Capture One Presets

In the coming months I will explore with you the power of Capture One Presets. I will uncover what a Presets Workflow is and how you can get the most out of it.Next, I will release the most comprehensive set of Capture One presets in this part of the galaxy in incremental steps. Some will be free, others are yours for a modest fee and you can find them in our webshop.

Some Facts About Presets
  • a preset is a predefined adjustment
  • presets are tool specific
  • a preset replaces any existing value (see note-1)
  • stack presets for enhanced functionality (see note-2)
  • presets are applied to all selected images (see note-3)
  • a preset may contain the settings of all of the tool’s controls, or only a part (see note-4)
  • an applied preset can be copied as a regular adjustment or as preset to other images
  • both applying and removing a preset can be previewed before the change is made

The powerful nature of presets now comes to surface, but hold your horses until you see how you can put this to practice. Let us have a look on how you can incorporate presets in your workflow.

Note-1: a Keywords preset is additive since Capture One Pro 9, as are some fields in the Metadata tool.

Note-2: I discuss Stacking Presets in-depth in Stacking Capture One Presets.

Note-3: Whether or not a Preset is applied to all selected images depends on the state of the Edit All Selected Variants toggle. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest you read Capture One Variants.

Note-4: Whether or not you can save tool controls individually depends on the options in de Save Preset dialog. Saving separately opens the ability to apply multiple presets independently. See note-2 on Stacking.

Why Presets?

What are the main benefits of using Capture One Presets in your workflow? Why use presets if you can drag sliders, check boxes and click drop-down lists?

Because presets can improve your workflow considerably. Presets make you work per tool as before but makes you work fast & easy, more precise & flexible, and more creative.

Fast & Easy
  • with presets you can adjust multiple images simultaneously; no copy/apply of adjustments needed
  • with presets you can apply complex adjustments with one click
  • with presets you can control multiple sliders both simultaneously or separately, depending on your needs
  • a preset is easier to undo
More Precise & Flexible
  • with presets you can make exact adjustments
  • by stacking presets you have an adjustments history
  • you can combine presets with manual adjustments
  • presets can be copied/applied as a preset or regular adjustment
  • presets makes it easier to create consistent output

More Creative
  • hovering over a preset previews the adjustment before applying; see before you do
  • keep you eyes on the image preview, not the tool’s sliders or buttons
  • allows you to visually consider the best setting
  • works similar for removing a preset

Minor Drawback

There is only one drawback in an effective Presets Workflow: you need to build all the necessary presets beforehand, logically grouped and organized, before the fun gets started. Not just a few but a whole range of adjustments per tool or per slider. That is a lot of work!

Fortunately there is a simple solution: I made these presets already for you. Not just a few but hundreds of them or no, more then a thousand. The presets of Image Alchemist is a collection that covers approximately of 80-90% of the adjustments you would ever make with your tools.

Image Alchemist Presets

In the overview below I have organized the presets I am working on into six groups named Exposure, Color, Lens, Composition, Details, and Metadata, similar to the default tool tabs in Capture One Pro. Over time each item in the list will become a link you can click on. It directs you to the corresponding product page. In the mean time I hope the list is appetizing and you will look forward for more to come.

When you see Buy/Try as a suffix to the tool’s name, it is available in the webshop. A limited set is free to get, the full set is available for purchase. When you see Free the full set is free of charge.

Color Tools Exposure ToolsLens ToolsComposition ToolsDetails ToolsMetadata Tools

Before We End

I hope you enjoyed reading the blog and will get more out of your images with Capture One Pro! Do you like the blog, and like to save 10% on Capture One Pro as well? Visit our Ambassador page for the voucher code.

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Best Regards,

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How To Install | Styles and presets for Capture One

We’ve rebranded from CaptureOneStyles.com to 1Styles.pro. It’s only the name that is going to change – our styles will always stay the same!

The way of installing the styles will depend on the version of Capture One you’re using.

In Capture One 10.1 Styles tool was completely rebuilt to make user experience with styles faster and easier.Here is the detailed overview of the new styles interface and we highly recommend you to upgrade your Capture One to 10.1 or a newer version.

Our styles work well with older versions of Capture One; you’ll find an installation guide for them in the second part of this article.

Everything is really simple here:1) Click on “…” icon to open Styles menu and to choose Import.

2) Import “All Styles by Folders” package file to install all styles with a sub-folder structure.Once you have done this, all the available styles would appear in your User Styles menu:

If you wish to import some specific styles manually, you’ll find them in the “Single Styles” folder.

There are two ways to install styles in Capture One version 10 or older.

1. Import styles – the easiest and fastest method, but you would not be able to use a sub-folder structure for styles.

2. Copy styles to a folder with Capture One’s settings – the advanced way that allows you to use a sub-folder feature.

1. Import styles

The easiest way to set styles is to use the Import function that is available in the Styles and Presets tool:

All you need to do is to choose the Import option, select all the styles you wish to install and click import.

Once you have done this, all the available styles would appear in your User Styles menu:

The main disadvantage of this method is that any styles you import cannot be assembled into folders, which would not be particularly convenient, especially if you plan to work with many styles.

If you’re going to make use of many different styles, you should consider using the second method of installing styles, as this will allow you to create different folders for the styles you use.

2. Copy styles in a folder with Capture One’s settings

Styles can be copied directly into Capture One’s folder, where all the application data is stored.This method allows you to create different folders for your style sets.

Capture One’s settings folder is located in different places on Mac OS and Windows, so you will need to follow separate instructions according to the operating system you are using.

Instructions for Mac OS

In Mac, the OS styles folder can be found in the following location:

User > Library > Application Support > Capture One > Styles

Note: in most cases, the system folders are hidden by default, and you need to make them visible in order to work with them.

The easiest way to get to this folder:

1) Go to the Finder (or desktop).

2) Hold the Option key on your keyboard, and click the Go menu at the top of the screen.

3) With the Go menu open, you’ll notice that pressing and releasing Option key will display or hide the Library choice in this menu.

4) Select Library from the Go menu (while holding down Option) to access the hidden folder.

5) In the hidden Library folder, go to Application Support > Capture One > Styles

If there is no Styles folder – that’s fine, just create a new one manually.

Once you have navigated to the Styles folder, you can copy the styles themselves or create a new folder and copy the styles to that location. 
Styles will appear in Capture One only after you have restarted the program.

Instructions for Windows

In Windows, the OS styles folder can be found in the following location:

Windows XP:X:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\CaptureOne\Styles50

Windows Vista/7/8:X:\Users\username\AppData\Local\CaptureOne\Styles50

Once you have navigated to the Styles folder, you can copy the styles themselves or create a new folder and copy the styles to that location. 
Styles will appear in Capture One only after you have restarted the program.

Note: in most cases, the system folders are hidden by default, and you need to make them visible in order to work with them.

Stack Styles Tool

Stack Styles allows you to apply different styles on the same image.

Some styles may use the same adjustments. In this case Capture One would use adjustments from the style applied last.

How to Install Presets

Presets folder is located near the Styles folder in Capture One’s settings folder.

For MacUser/Library/Application Support/Capture One/Presets60/Film Grain

For Windows

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\CaptureOne\Presets60\Film Grain

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Review of Capture One 10

Capture One 10 offers a lot of options to color grade your images – from White Balance, to color balance of Shadows, Midtones and Highlights to Advance HLS color editor.

Powerful color editor

Next thing I really love are color editing options. In Lightroom you can change White Balance, Saturation & Vibrance as well as HSL for separate predefine colors. In Capture One there is much more options. Apart from the same tools as in Lightroom, there is 3-way color balance editor (allowing you to adjust highlights, shadows and midtones separately), advanced HSL editor allowing you to pick color in much more precise way (and not only apply your edits to predefined colors – but that’s possible too). There is also RGB levels and curves tool. And yeah I almost forgot about tools to work with skin tones. With so many tools color grading becomes so much easier and flexible. It’s so much easier to get desired look without even need to start Photoshop.

Local Adjustments

Another thing I adore in Capture One are local adjustments. Basically they are very similar to layers in Photoshop. You paint a mask (or a gradient) and apply various adjustments to it – from such basic ones as contrast or brightness to more advanced like noise reduction, specific color saturation, moire reduction and so on. You can also use them to clone or heal. The layers are listed just like in Photoshop what makes them easier to manage (you can always disable/enable them with a single click).

There are so much other things I love about Capture One that it would take several A4 pages to describe all of them so I would just like to mention a few more.

Other useful features

If you’re familiar with Upright tool in Lightroom then you’ll be happy to know that in Capture One, there is similar tool, named Keystone. You basically draw vertical and horizontal lines, click Apply and Capture One tries to fix perspective distortion. And if you aren’t happy with the results, you can fine tune it with a few sliders. There is also automatic mode but… it never works for me. Two times I tried to use it Capture One crashed and needed to be restarted and once it told me it cannot fix the distortion. So I’m no longer trying to use automatic mode.

Another thing I really like is focus mask tool. When activated it shows areas of photo that are in focus. It makes rejecting blurry or not sharp enough images much quicker. There is also loupe tool which can be used for same purpose. Just click an area of the image and you will see it magnified so you can check if it’s in focus or not.

Finally I love Capture One’s UI but it’s a love-hatred relation as initially it seemed unintuitive and very complicated. After I learnt how to use it, however, I changed my mind. It’s very flexible (you can adjust it so it best matches your needs and workflow – just like in Photoshop) and powerful. But yes, it requires some time to get used to it.

The Bad

Now as good as it is Capture One 10 unfortunately still isn’t perfect.

One of the most irritating things for me in Capture One is its spot removal tool. In Lightroom there is this fantastic “Visualize Spots” option which finds spots and mark them with white circles so removing spots becomes a simple task of clicking on those circles. In Capture One there isn’t anything like that (or I haven’t found it yet). So I often have to export to Photoshop, open Adobe Camera RAW and use its spot removal tool instead. This breaks workflow quite a lot.

Another thing I don’t like is the fact that there aren’t plug-ins for Capture One! One of the powers of Adobe products come from the fact that they are very extensible. You don’t like built-in noise reduction? No problem – use Topaz Denoise instead – directly from Lightroom. HDR is too simple – you can use Photomatix or Oloneo plug-ins instead. Want to improve colors of the image – ok, use Color Efex. And so on. In Capture One you’re limited to its built-in functionality. So I often end up exporting my image to Photoshop and use the plug-ins from there. That’s a pity because if the plug-ins were support Capture One could become my only photo editing app (apart from some rare cases when I have to either manually blend my images or use luminosity masks).

Lack of plug-ins support broke my HDR workflow a little bit. I managed to create alternative one, but will describe it in a separate post.

One more thing I like more in Lightroom are Highlights and Shadows sliders as they can be both negative and positive, i.e. you can both darken and brighten highlights and shadows. In Capture One you can only darken highlights and brighten shadows. Hopefully next version will allow for more flexibility here. UPDATE: you can achieve the same effect (of brightening higlights and darkening shadows) by using other tools such as Levels tool for instance. In Capture One, Highlights and Shadows sliders are specifically designed to restore detail in those parts of the image.

Capture One also misses a few other Lightroom features like Map or Book modules, face detection (but honestly it works terribly in Lightroom), ability to create panoramas but I don’t find it a big problem. I use these features very rarely but if you use them frequently you might consider this an issue.

Summary

Capture One 10 is an excellent tool that I highly recommend for more advanced photographers who want to get the best image quality out of their RAW files. While it isn’t as easy to use as some other apps, it offers great control over the image and its colour. But as good as it is, it isn’t perfect. There are a few issues from the lack of support for plug-ins, which is the biggest one for me. It means that if built-in tools aren’t sufficient for you, you will need to use another tool supporting the plugins (like Photoshop or Lightroom for instance). There are a few minor issues but given image quality I don’t find them big problems.

Pros:

  • Great image quality especially when dealing with non-DNG RAW files – the images have better colours and are more crisp, they also look more “film”
  • Powerful colour editor
  • It’s incredibly fast! And supports GPU correctly. It’s faster to adjust image, when working with local adjustments or when exporting the image.
  • Great local adjustments – they are much easier to manage than those in Lightroom
  • Easier to use tools to “upright” (keystone in this case)
  • Very nice tools to increase clarity
  • Tools to estimate focus (focus mask, loupe)
  • Once you understand GUI, you will discover that it’s really powerful and flexible allowing you to edit your workspace so it matches your needs

Cons:

  • Too simple spot removal tool (I’m addicted to Lightroom’s “Visualize Spots” feature!)
  • Doesn’t support plug-ins
  • GUI is sometimes a bit unintuitive

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