Using Process Recipes

Find out about Process Recipes, how to use them and customize them, or create new ones to suit your needs.

Overview of outputting images with process recipes

To simplify the task of processing and outputting, Capture One Pro has groups of pre-configured process settings called Recipes for various requirements, saved as presets in the Process Recipes tool. If you regularly use specific settings for a certain client, or printing service, you can save the settings as a recipe, instead of repeatedly specifying the settings.

As Capture One works non-destructively, the application never alters the original image files in any way. When images are required in the various sizes, formats and color spaces to send to a client, or to publish on the web or send to a printing service, Capture One creates new files from the originals and applies all the saved settings and adjustments during processing, that you can use time and time again.

You can specify JPEG, TIFF, PNG, DNG or PSD file formats, set new image dimensions, convert color spaces and embed profiles, disable sharpening, add a watermark and include metadata, such as EXIF data, Keywords and IPTC data. Capture One Pro can also rename and group images into a sub folder hierarchy within the export folder using the semi-automated dynamic locations feature.

When multiple copies of images are required in different formats, sizes or color spaces, it is as simple as adding checkmarks to the appropriate recipes, and clicking "Process". Capture One can also export copies of the original files (RAW, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG) with or without any adjustments applied if necessary. Find out more about exporting originals. Note you can export managed images files directly but, with referenced files, Capture One must have access to the originals.

To simplify the task of processing and exporting, Capture One has groups of preconfigured process settings called ‘recipes’ for various requirements saved as presets in the Process Recipes tool.

Process image variants using recipes

Capture One is supplied with several presets called Process Recipes for processing image variants, using common file formats, sizes and profiles. From the Output Tool Tab you can select one or more of the presets from the list in Process Recipes dialog, or specify other settings in the Process Recipe tool, located directly beneath. Note, selecting settings in the Process Recipe tool overrides the selection in the Process Recipes dialog.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Select the image variants for processing from the browser.
  3. In Process Recipes, checkmark the required recipe(s) for the selected variants. Selecting multiple recipes will simultaneously process and export new files with those recipe settings applied (Capture One Pro only).
  4. From the Process Summary tool, press Process.
  5. Processing can be stopped at any time, then edited and re-started from the Batch Tool Tab.    

Capture One is supplied with several export presets, or Process Recipes, when processing image variants using common file formats, sizes and profiles for output.

Process multiple file formats simultaneously Pro

Capture One can process and export an image variant or variants in multiple file formats, image sizes and color spaces, with or without a watermark, keywords or sharpening, all at the same time. Each recipe selected will create a new image file with the specified settings applied.

  1. Go to Output Tool Tab.
  2. Select the image variants in need of processing.
  3. Go to the Process Recipes tool and checkmark the relevant recipes in the list.
  4. From the Process Summary tool, click on the Process button.

Capture One can process and export images in muliple formats, file sizes and color spaces at the same time, simply by selecting the relevant presets from the list in the Process Recipes dialog, and clicking on the process button.

Verify recipe settings

Before exporting images using the recipes displayed in the Process Recipes tool, you can view the settings to check they are suitable for the intended purpose. When using Capture One there are several predefined recipes listed in the Process Recipes dialog. If you suspect they’re not all showing, click on the tool’s Action menu (…)>Add recipe>and select from the list, or long-click on the + (plus) icon to reveal the list and select the recipe directly. The recipe will be added to the list in the dialog.

  1. Click on the desired recipe from the list shown in the Process Recipes tool; the selected recipe will be highlighted with an orange bar (turns silver colored, when clicking outside the dialog).
  2. Check the settings below in the Process Recipe tool correspond with the highlighted recipe. All the settings apply, including those located under each tab.
  3. Verify and amend incorrect settings. For example, the highlighted recipe states JPEG sRGB, yet under the Basic tab, the Format field shows TIFF. To update the recipe, alter the Format field to JPEG, set the Quality slider to 100% and confirm the profile selected is sRGB. Settings are automatically saved.

Before exporting images using the recipes displayed in the Process Recipes tool, you can view the settings to check they are suitable for the intended purpose.

Proofing recipes

Capture One can also soft-proof the selected recipe, thereby revealing any scaling, compression, or sharpening artifacts on-screen prior to output. By adjusting the settings with the proof mode enabled, you can see the real-time effect on-screen of individual selections, such as the effect of down-sampling when resizing images for the Web.

  1. Select the image variant in the browser that want you to proof the settings for. 
  2. Highlight the recipe (or create a new recipe) from the list in the Process Recipes dialog, located under the Output Tool tab.
  3. Go the Process Recipe tool, and under the various tabs select the processing settings, including the image size, profile, and output sharpening, where applicable.
  4. Click on the Show Recipe Proofing (glasses) icon in the main tool bar, or from the main menu, select View>Show Recipe Proofing.
  5. All the recipe settings applied to the image variant will be visible on screen for evaluation.

Capture One can also soft-proof the selected recipe, thereby revealing any scaling, compression or sharpening artifacts on-screen prior to output.

Modify or create process recipes Pro

Capture One offers a number of predefined process presets, or Process Recipes, when exporting images. However, if the process settings don’t meet your needs exactly, you can update the existing recipe or create your own. When you modify an existing recipe, the original is not altered nor can it be permanently deleted. Note, multiple recipes are only available in Capture One Pro or Capture One DB. Only steps 4 to 7 are relevant with Capture One Express (for Sony).

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. In Process Recipes tool click on the + (plus) icon using a short press. An untitled recipe will be added to the list. The new recipe is based on the full-size TIFF (Adobe RGB) 8-bit preset. Alternatively, highlight a recipe to copy, click on the tool’s Action (…) icon and select Duplicate Recipe.     
  3. Click on the new recipe and rename it. A descriptive name using the format, size and color space is recommended. Warning! Clicking on the - (minus) icon will remove the recipe from the list, and, if it’s a newly created recipe, it will be permanently deleted .
  4. From the Process Recipe tool’s Basic tab, choose the desired file format from the Format drop-down menu. See more on file formats.
  5. Select the appropriate output profile from the  ICC Profile drop-down menu. The choice of color space depends on the final purpose of an image file (e.g, sRGB for Web use, Adobe RGB for print).
  6. Specify the required resolution in Resolution field and from the Scale drop-down menu, either select the default Fixed 100% to use the resolution to resize the image (keeping the native pixel count unchanged), or select the print dimensions independently to resample the image. If not resizing images for the Web or to print, you can leave the setting to the defaults.
  7. Select a compatible application from the Open With drop-down menu to automatically open and view a processed image. For example, Phase One Media Pro, or Adobe Photoshop. This option is not recommended if multiple images are processed in one batch.
  8. From the File tab, select the output destination from the Root Folder drop-down menu. Select from the original image folder, another folder of your choice, or select Output Location to defer to the Output Location tool.
  9. From the Adjustments tab, choose from the sharpening options as desired. 
  10. From the Metadata tab checkmark the options for including ratings, copyright, GPS, EXIF data and manage keywords from the drop-down menu.
  11. From the Watermark tab, choose whether or not add a watermark to exported images.
  12. Every setting is saved and will be available next time the recipe is selected.

Capture One offers a number of predefined process presets, or Process Recipes, when exporting images. However, if the process settings don’t meet your needs exactly, you can update the existing recipe or create your own.

Process summary warning

The Process Summary dialog provides an overview of all the chosen settings for an image variant, or variants, before processing. This includes the processed image size, file name, file format and predicted file size. Any red highlighted figures are there as a warning that something will not be processed as expected. Check the highlighted figures and make the necessary alterations (e.g. change the dimensions), before pressing the Process button.

The Process Summary dialog provides an overview of all the chosen settings for an image variant, or variants, before processing.