Base Characteristics

Use the Capture One Base Characteristics tool to define the camera’s default reproduction of both color and tonal range.

Introduction

Capture One automatically selects the recommended default ICC color profile and appropriate Tone Curve setting for all image files from recognized camera models. These settings define the overall look for the camera or digital back. Note the Auto Curve option is set by default. It does not apply an Auto Curves adjustment. Instead, this feature automatically selects the appropriate film curve characteristics based on the selected ICC color profile, usually the Film Standard where offered.

The Film Standard curve has been designed to give a similar look to transparency film, with deep blacks and bright mid-tones and highlights. Film Extra Shadow offers similar tone characteristics, with less contrast in the shadows. Film Contrast has higher contrast than Film Standard, with deeper shadows and brighter highlights. The Linear option has reduced contrast overall and is intended to offer maximum control of tone mapping using the Curves Tool.

Certain camera models also have additional ICC color profiles for different light sources, as well as extra Tone Curve options including Film Standard V2, Portrait and Linear Scientific.

It is possible to reassign these settings and to save the result as a user-defined default setting. Once selected, the new default profile and tone curve setting will be automatically applied to every subsequent file from that specific camera model. This procedure is recommended for advanced users only.

Capture One automatically selects the recommended default ICC color profile and appropriate Tone Curve setting for all image files from recognized camera models.

Change default settings

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab
  2. In the Base Characteristics tool, change the ICC profile to a different recommended profile for the camera, or to a favored camera profile from a different make and model. 
  3. Go to the Curve drop down menu and select a different preferrence (optional).
  4. To save this as a user-defined setting, click on the action menu icon and select the Save as Default for the relevant camera model option at the top of the Base Characteristics tool. 
  5. This default setting will now be applied to every subsequent file from this specific camera make and model.

To save this as a user-defined setting, click on the action menu icon and select the Save as Default for the relevant camera model option at the top of the Base Characteristics tool.

Upgrade processing engine

Images processed in an earlier version of Capture One can be upgraded to take advantage of the latest image quality advances. Previous adjustments will be permanently upgraded and you will not be able to use the reset or undo options to return to them immediately. However, you can switch between processing engines, if you wish to reapply adjustments to those image files again to get the same result. Please see the section on selecting the Processing Engine for more details.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Select the image(s) to be upgraded from the browser. If multiple images are chosen, make sure the Edit Selected Variants option in the tool bar is selected.
  3. In the Base Characteristics tool, click on the Upgrade button.
  4. After making the selection, the Upgrade button will no longer be displayed.

Select the image(s) to be upgraded from the browser. If multiple images are chosen, make sure the Edit Selected Variants option in the tool bar is selected.