Recipe Settings

View or change the Process Recipe’s preconfigured settings for file format, ICC profile and image dimensions from the Basic tab.

Modifying recipes

When adopting one of Capture One’s pre-configured process recipes, the settings may require some adjustment to suit your specific needs. When you modify a built-in recipe, the original is not permanently overwritten and can be reselected at any time. Modifying a recipe is simple, each field can be edited and the settings are saved for the next time. However, if it’s a group of settings that you are likely to use again, it makes sense to save it as a new recipe. To create a new recipe from one that has been modified is simple, you only have to duplicate it and give it a new name.

When adopting one of Capture One’s pre-configured process recipes, the settings may require some adjustment to suit your specific needs.

Specifying file format

Capture One never alters the original source files, it creates copies instead. You can specify which file format to create during processing.

  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, choose from one of the following options:
    • TIFF - preserves maximum quality. A TIFF is a lossless format. Selecting TIFF enables the option of 16-bit output for higher color accuracy and optimum quality. TIFF files can be compressed; both LZW and ZIP compression options are lossless.
    • PSD - ensures optimum quality and compatibility with Adobe Photoshop, and is highly suited for working with layers. Available with 8-or 16-bit depth color option
    • JPEG - creates a new 8-bit file with lossy compression to attain a smaller sized file (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 proxy and the settings files without additional calculations or filters. JPEG QuickProof should not be considered as a completed file; 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 - this format offers superior compression and handling of color space profiles. It is available in either 8-or 16-bit color depth. 
    • DNG - creates a new lossless RAW file based on the Digital Negative specification. There are no options for size or compression with this format. All changes made to the image will be discarded when creating the DNG file.
    • PNG - this option supports lossless data compression and is suitable for final distribution, however, while PNG offers good compatibility with web-browsers file sizes are usually larger than JPEG.

When creating a new process recipe or modifying an existing recipe for exporting files, the first option to specify is the file format.

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. 

The choice of color space (determined by the ICC Profile) depends on the final purpose of an image file. The sRGB profile should be adopted for all images intended for the web, and the wider color gamut Adobe RGB profile is a common choice for printing.

Proofing profiles

Capture One uses a specially adapted color space internally with an extremely wide color gamut for processing calculations and for displaying previews, however Capture One can render previews with a specific ICC color space profile applied. Proofing the output profile on-screen is useful for determining any unexpected color changes, and is a crucial step in a color-managed workflow. For example, prior to sending a file to print, where a mistake will result in the waste of ink, paper and time. 

You can specify Capture One to render previews with the output profile applied directly by selecting the desired profile from the Proof Profile option available from the main menu (View>Proof Profile). Note the profiles associated with the original images (i.e. camera profiles) are not altered by Capture One.

  1. Select the image variant in the browser that you want to apply the color profile to.
  2. From the main menu, select View>Proof Profile, then from the fly-out menu, choose from one of the following:
    • Under Output Recipe Profiles>Selected Recipe (or one of listed recipes, if desired).
    • Select the appropriate profile from the list.
  3. When choosing one of the Output Recipe Profiles, select the profile from the fly-out menu under ICC Profile, listed in the Basic tab.
  4. Make the final adjustments to the selected image. (It is recommended to make final edits to a cloned variant using the selected profile. Select the image variant, then right click>Clone Variant).
  5. Click on the Process button, to apply processing and export the selected variant.

The choice of color space (determined by the ICC Profile) depends on the final purpose of an image file. The sRGB profile should be adopted for all images intended for the web, and the wider color gamut Adobe RGB profile is a common choice for printing.

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 to alter the image dimensions, or 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.

When exporting 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 to alter the image dimensions, or when resampling, specify both the resolution and image dimensions independantly.

Set dimensions only (resize)

  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 dimensions in the Size field (e.g., 18.72 x 12.8 in (5616 x 3744 px).
  5. 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.

You can use Capture One to resize images, keeping the total pixel count unchanged while adjusting the resolution to alter the image dimensions.

Set dimensions and resolution (resample)

  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 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., enlarging) 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.

When resampling, specify both the resolution and image dimensions independantly.

Open with an external application

To automatically open a processed file in another application once it has been processed in Capture One, select an option from the Open With drop-down menu.    

To automatically open a processed file in another application once it has been processed in Capture One, select an option from the Open With drop-down menu.