Working with an Overlay Pro

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Use the Overlay tool when working tethered to help capture images for a specific layout or design. The Overlay tool can also be used when working with Live View.

An overview of the Overlay tool

The Overlay tool is an advanced composition aid and is commonly used when shooting tethered. This function is often used to capture an image that will match a specific layout. For example, an image could be made for a magazine cover specifically to take into account the space required for a nameplate or masthead and cover lines. The tool is located by default in the Capture Tool Tab, and it is also available to use in the Live View Tool Tab when working with Live View (where supported).

While you can load a JPEG file as an overlay, it makes the most sense to use a file format with a transparent background layer in order to be able to see the captured images beneath. Capture One’s Overlay tool is compatible with the majority of popular file formats that support transparencysuch as TIFF, PNG and GIF. In addition, Mac users can also use PSD and PDF files, while Windows users can use BMP files. Transparency support will ensure that the overlay (e.g., the magazine headline and copy, seen in the examples) can be displayed clearly over the image in the Viewer.

Using an overlay

  1. Go to the Overlay tool in the Capture Tool Tab or, when using Live View, the Live View Tool Tab in the Live View dialog.
  2. Drag and drop a suitable transparency file (e.g., with the magazine nameplate and cover lines, or headline and copy, etc.) into the Overlay tool’s Drop image here field.
  3. Alternatively, to browse for the file using the Finder/Explorer, click on the File drop-down menu and select Choose File… The File drop-down menu will remember the 10 most recently added overlays, making it easy to quickly switch between them to check different setups. If you need to locate where the currently selected overlay is saved on your computer, click on the arrow at the end of the File drop-down menu, and the file location will open in Finder/Windows Explorer.
  4. The inserted image should automatically be displayed as an overlay over the image in the Viewer. If not, ensure that the Show option is enabled. You can toggle the visibility of the overlay on and off by using the Show option.
  5. Alter the Opacity, Scale and Horizontal/Vertical placement sliders as needed. Notice how there are four resize handles at the corners of the overlay image in the Viewer. These are making it easier to interactively resize the overlay directly in the Viewer instead of using the Scale slider. Note that you need to have the Move Overlay Pan cursor selected (see below) for the handles to be active.
  6. If you want to remove the overlay from the tool, click on the Action icon (…) and choose Clear Overlay. If you select Reset Tool instead, the Opacity, Scale and Horizontal/Vertical placement sliders will in addition be reset to their default positions.
  7.  The Follow Crop option will automatically resize the inserted overlay to follow any crop you apply to the image with the Crop tool. This feature will ensure that the overlay will keep its size relative to the crop and that a change to the crop will not cut parts of the overlay off or change its relative position.

Adjusting the position using the Overlay Pan tool

The Move Overlay Pan tool (circled) can be used instead of the Horizontal/Vertical placement sliders to adjust the position of the overlay file.

  1. Select the Move Overlay Pan tool (hand-icon), located below right of the image field in the Overlay tool. The icon will turn orange once active.
  2. Click on the overlay in the Viewer and drag the transparency file into an appropriate position while observing the effect.
  3. Alter the Opacity, Scale sliders or the four resize handles at the corners of the overlay image in the Viewer as needed.

Overlays and Capture Pilot

If you are using the Capture Pilot app on an iOS device in combination with running Capture One Studio, you have the option to display the overlay on top of the image viewed on the iOS app screen. The overlay can be toggled on and off in the Capture Pilot app by tapping on the Overlays icon at the bottom of the app screen. It is worth to point out that the visibility in the app is controlled independently of whether the overlay is enabled or not in Capture One Studio. This means that the same overlay can be hidden in Capture One Studio but visible in the Capture Pilot app, or vice versa.

You will need to update the Capture Pilot app (version 2.2.x or later) to enable the Overlay functionality. Also note that Capture One Studio controls the location, opacity and scale of the selected overlay. You cannot change the overlay on the connected device, you can only toggle the visibility on and off.