Image Settings (Basic Tab)

View or modify the Process Recipe’s preconfigured settings for file format, bit-depth, quality, output color space (ICC profile) and image dimensions from the Basic tab.

Specifying file format

RAW files are not intended as final files for output. They must be converted and processed into recognized image file formats such as JPEG, TIFF, and PSD. You can specify the new file format to create as part of the recipe. Capture One never alters the source files during processing, it creates copies and saves them as a new file format instead.

Selecting DNG creates a new RAW file based on the DNG specification. You can not convert and process previously processed files such as JPEGs and TIFFs into DNGs. Note that Capture One does not officially support the inclusion of adjustments and metadata with RAW files selected for conversion and processing into DNGs.

Although it may be possible in some cases to output an existing DNG as a new DNG file, it is not a workflow that is supported in Capture One. For example, processing to DNG is possible for native DNG files from several Leica models including the Leica M240, however, it is not supported for DNGs from the Leica M Monochrom, M246 and M262.

When there is a need to share RAW files and associated settings and metadata, we recommend exporting the original in a package as an EIP file (choose File > Export Images > Originals > Options > Pack as EIP). All the necessary files are contained in the package. For more information, see the section on Working with EIP files.

  1. Highlight the recipe (or create a new recipe) to edit from the list in the Process Recipes dialog.
  2. From Process Recipe tool, choose the Basic tab and then, from the Format drop-down menu, choose from one of the following options:
    • JPEG - Creates a new 8-bit file with lossy compression to attain a smaller sized file (e.g., compared to a TIFF) for convenience. The Quality setting determines the amount of compression applied, and therefore file size. The lower the quality, the smaller the file and the greater the loss of information. JPEG compression also adds some noise to an image.
    • JPEG QuickProof - This setting creates images for evaluation purposes. Capture One creates the image file from the settings files without additional calculations or filters. JPEG QuickProof should not be considered as a final file for distribution; it is ideal for ultra quick evaluation purposes only.
    • JPEG XR (extended range) - This format supports higher compression ratios with equivalent quality to the original JPEG format. It is fully compatible with Capture One from version 7 onwards, and certain Microsoft products.
    • JPEG 2000 - Offers superior compression and handling of color space profiles. It is available in either 8-or 16-bit color depth.
    • TIFF - Preserves maximum quality. TIFF is a lossless format. Selecting TIFF enables the option of 16-bit output for higher color accuracy and optimum quality.
      • Options:
        • TIFF files can additionally be compressed; both LZW and ZIP compression options are lossless. 
        • No Thumbnail - Enable to remove system level thumbnail and further reduce file size.
        • Tile Dimensions - Not Tiled (default). Tiles allow efficient compression and decompression of large, high-resolution images (typically, in excess of 60MP). As only the image data required for display is decompressed, tiling can improve the browsing experience once processed to a full-size TIFF file.
    • DNG - Creates a new lossless RAW file based on the Digital Negative specification. There are no options available to modify the format. Adjustments and metadata added to the image are typically not retained.
    • PNG - This option supports lossless data compression and is suitable for distribution, however, while PNG offers good compatibility with web-browsers file sizes are usually larger than JPEG.
    • PSD - Ensures optimum quality and compatibility with Adobe Photoshop, and is ideally suited for working with layers. Available with 8-or 16-bit depth color option.

Specifying color space

The choice of color space (determined by the ICC Profile) depends on the final purpose of an image file. The sRGB color space should be adopted for all images intended for the web, and the wider color gamut Adobe RGB color space is a common choice for printing. When selecting images for a printing service or client, however, a custom profile may be preferred. While Capture One is supplied with several common profiles, it can access any of the system profiles, including CMYK color space profiles. 

  1. Highlight the recipe (or create a new recipe) to edit from the list in the Process Recipes dialog, located under the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Go to the ICC Profile in the Process Recipe tool, under the Basic tab.
  3. Click on the ICC Profile fly-out menu and select the relevant profile from the list. (Select Show All to view all the profiles available on system).
  4. The selection is saved automatically to the highlighted recipe. 

Image dimensions and resolution

When outputting an image for the web or for printing, you can use Capture One to resize images, keeping the total pixel count unchanged while adjusting the resolution (i.e., pixels per inch) to alter the image dimensions. Alternatively, when resampling, you can specify both the resolution and image dimensions independently.

Resizing, after cropping to the required aspect ratio, is generally considered to deliver the best quality for printing. However, as resampling is carried out on the original data (and of the highest quality), it is suitable for any type of use. Capture One can resample images from 10-250%.

Note, as Capture One tags the image with the resolution and the total number of pixels remains unchanged when resizing, it may not be necessary to alter the image dimensions (e.g., to allow a printer driver or third-party application to resample instead).

Like other process settings in Capture One, the combination of print dimensions and resolution (i.e., image size or document size) is saved as a component of a Process Recipe and the settings are applied on output.

Set dimensions according to resolution (resize)

Capture One’s Basic settings tab is used to set an image resolution when processing to JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD. The default setting is 300 ppi (px/in).

The Scale option beneath is used either to resize or resample. Capture One will only resize when the Scale option is set to Fixed (100 %). Resizing uses the native pixel count, adjusting the dimensions according to the specified resolution.

In general, this option (300 ppi, Fixed 100%) should be adopted unless a certain resolution and specific dimensions are required, see below.

  1. Highlight the recipe (or, preferably, create a new dedicated recipe) to edit from the list in the Process Recipes dialog.
  2. Go to Resolution in the Process Recipe tool, under the Basic tab and enter the required resolution (e.g., 300 px/in).
  3. Set the Scale fly out menu to Fixed 100%. (Note when any setting other than Fixed (100%) is selected from the Scale fly-out menu, Capture One will resample the image based on the specified resolution and image dimensions.)
  4. In the Process Summary dialog, verify the maximum dimensions for the selected resolution in the Size field (e.g., 18.72 x 12.8 in (5616 x 3744 px).
  5. Optional. To increase or decrease the dimensions, return to step 2 and enter a lower or higher resolution respectively, and verify the values again in the Size field located in the Process Summary (click inside the dialog, to update the value).
  6. After verifying, click the Process button in the Process Summary dialog to output the selected images.

Check image size

When prepping files for print (or the web), you can check the maximum image size (i.e., image dimensions) for a given resolution, using Capture One’s Process Summary dialog.

For example, newspapers typically require image files at 150 ppi, magazines and book publishers at 300 ppi (or 350 ppi for higher quality printing), while desktop printer drivers are usually optimized for files between 240-360 ppi.

As the pixel dimensions are known, simply add a required image resolution in the Basic tab of the Process Recipe and the maximum size will be displayed in the Summary dialog (you can switch between inches and mm/cm in the recipe).

When the maximum size is too small, resample (i.e., up-scale) in Capture One. If too large, it is generally recommended to submit files with a higher resolution and let the service bureau, desktop printer driver, or RIP resample (i.e., down-size). If images are intended for the web and too large, then resample (i.e., down-size) in Capture One. See below for more details.

  1. Select image in the browser.
  2. From the Process Recipes panel, select a suitable recipe, such as TIFF Adobe RGB (1998) (8-bit), or create a new dedicated recipe (the default recipe adopts the previously mentioned settings.)
  3. In the Process Recipe - Basic tab, ensure Scale is set to Fixed 100%.
  4. In the Resolution box, set the desired image resolution and select either px/in or metric alternatives (px/mm or px/cm) as desired.
  5. Go to the Process Summary size field to see the resultant maximum image size for the resolution specified in step 4.

 

Check file size

As an indicator of potential image quality, some clients and photo agencies insist on a minimum file size. This refers to the final image (i.e., after cropping) when processed as an uncompressed 8-bit TIFF, and should not be confused with a recommendation to submit compressed JPEG files, even when selecting best quality (100).

To check that your compressed JPEG file meets or exceeds a minimum file size before processing to file;

  1. Select the image in the Browser.
  2. In the Process Recipes panel, select the built-in TIFF Adobe RGB (1998) (8bit) recipe, and verify the settings (i.e., TIFF, 8 bit) match in the Process Recipe's Basic tab beneath.
  3. Apply any cropping as necessary. (Ensure Respect Crop is selected in the Crop field's drop-down menu, in the Process Recipe's Adjustments tab).
  4. Verify the resultant file size in the File Size field in the Process Summary panel at the bottom of the Inspector.
  5. If the file size is still beneath the minimum, return to the Process Recipe's Basic tab panel.
  6. From the Scale field's drop-down menu, verify that Fixed is selected.
  7. Click inside the percentage (%) text box and press the up-arrow key to increase the value till the file size shown in the Process Summary is at the recommended size. (The file is resampled; Capture One automatically applies the most suitable interpolation method.)
  8. Remember to return to the Process Recipes panel and select an appropriate recipe to process to file (e.g., a compressed JPEG). 

Set dimensions and resolution (resample)

When you need to set the size of your image based on a certain resolution, Capture One has a range of sizing options available under the Scale menu to accommodate a range of workflows.

First select the resolution and then the appropriate dimensions from the Scale drop-down menu. Capture One will select the most appropriate scaling method.

When an image is being sized to match two fixed dimensions (e.g., when an image is being printed on sheet paper, rather than roll paper), the image may have to be cropped to match the aspect ratio. This can be achieved either beforehand or at the time of selecting the dimensions. 

  1. Highlight the recipe (or, preferably, create a new dedicated recipe) to edit from the list in the Process Recipes dialog.
  2. Go to Resolution field in the Process Recipe panel, under the Basic tab and enter the required figure (e.g., 300 px/in).
  3. From the Scale fly out menu choose from one of the following options, and with the exception of Fixed, specify the measurement unit and the dimension:
    • Fixed - To resample, specify a percentage other than 100%; less than that value will downsample, any value above will upsample using interpolation to add pixels. (E.g., selecting 200% doubles the dimensions).
    • Width - Use this option when outputting an image or series of images of the same orientation where the width is to be of a fixed value. The height will be scaled automatically. For example, use this when outputting landscape (horizontal) images to the web with a fixed width, or when printing a portrait (vertical) oriented image, with a height that doesn’t match standard paper sizes (e.g., when using roll-paper). Note, when cropping with the crop tool set to Original, the image’s original aspect ratio is maintained.
    • Height -  Use this option when outputting an image or series of images of the same orientation where the height is to be of a fixed value. The width will be scaled automatically. Use this option, for example, when printing an landscape (horizontal) oriented image with a wider aspect ratio than standard paper sizes (e.g., when using roll-paper). Note, when cropping with the crop tool set to Original, the image’s original aspect ratio is maintained.
    • Dimensions - When the aspect ratios of the image variant match the intended output settings, this option applies the higher value to the longer edge of the image and the lower value to the shorter edge. When the aspect ratios don’t match, set the crop tool to Output and crop the image, otherwise Capture One will apply just one value. Use this option, for example, when outputting a mixed orientation of images for printing where both paper dimensions are fixed (i.e., when using sheet paper).
    • Width x Height - This option resizes one dimension to fit within the dimensions specified, retaining the original aspect ratio, and irrespective of orientation. Use this option when outputting images with different aspect ratios, and of mixed orientation where both paper dimensions are fixed (i.e., when using sheet paper).
    • Long edge - Performs a similar function to the Width/Height options but this should be used instead when outputting a mix of portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) images where the long edge is to be of a fixed value.
    • Short edge - Performs a similar function to the Width/Height options but this should be used instead when outputting a mix of portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) images where the short edge is to be of a fixed value.
    • Never Upscale - Select this option to prevent Capture One from upsampling (i.e., interpolating) an image (works with all options except Fixed).
  4. Verify the print dimensions in the Process Summary dialog in the Size field (e.g., 23.4 x 16.5 in (7020 x 4950 px)).
  5. To increase or decrease the resolution, return to step 2 and enter a lower or higher resolution respectively, and verify the values in the Size field in the Process Summary (click inside the dialog to update the value).
  6. After verifying, click the Process button in the Process Summary dialog to export the selected images.

Open with an external application

When processing variants for output you can set Capture One via the Recipe to automatically open the processed files in another application. For example, this enables you to open JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD files in a browser such as Media Pro 2 for a final check, including the successful inclusion of contact information, keywords and other important metadata.

This option can also be used to pass, or "hand-off", processed files to other editors, such as Photoshop or Helicon Focus. For "round-tripping" files, consider using the Edit With option available from the File menu instead.

If you regularly use third-party applications consider creating a new Process Recipe dedicated to each.

  1. Go to the Output inspector.
  2. Select a recipe in the Process Recipes panel or create a new one especially.
  3. Select the image settings required (e.g., TIFF 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998), Res 300 ppi, Scale Fixed).
  4. From the Basic Tab, go to Open With and select the chosen application from the menu. Once selected it will be displayed in the same field.
  5. When the specific recipe is chosen the images will be processed and opened in the selected application.