Output Settings

Set the destination location for output and create and name folders and sub-folders from the Process Recipe’s File tab.

Overview of the output workflow

When outputting image variants using one or more process recipes, you have several tools at your disposal that can be used collectively to select the destination location, name and create folders and rename the variants. You can either specify the location and create folders from the File tab of the Process Recipe tool on an ad hoc basis, or you can use the File tab settings in combination with the Output Location tool.

Setting the destination location using the Output Location tool, however, is the recommended workflow, as the Process Recipe dialog (and all the options available under the various tabs) is primarily intended for the creation of individual recipes. In either case, the Output Naming tool should be used to name or rename variants, though the File tab’s Sub Name option can be used to append file names with labels, such as color space, format, or resolution.

Select output location using root folder

The Process Recipe’s File tab has an option to specify the destination location for the processed variants, or, to simplfy the process when more than one recipe is selected, defer to the Output Location tool instead. See below for more details.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab. 
  2. Click on a recipe from the Process Recipes dialog to highlight it (i.e., highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe from specific settings and then select it by highlighting it. 
  3. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Root Folder fly-out menu, choose where to export the processed files for the selected recipe. Select from the following options:
    • Output Location (default) - this defers the placement of processed image variants to the Output Location tool, see the section below for more details.
    • Image Folder  - this option returns the processed image files back to the folder with the original unprocessed images.
    • Select Folder… - you can select an existing folder, or create a new folder, either locally or on an external drive, flash-disk or network drive. If you select the Desktop as the output location, be sure to create a new folder for the images from the resulting dialog, or add a folder in the Sub Folder option. Note, you can verify the folder location using the Arrow-shaped icon, next to the fly-out menu.

The Process Recipe’s File tab has tools to specify the destination location for the processed variants, as well as options to name them using the Sub Name text field, and to create and name a folder for them in the Sub Folder text field.

Name or append variants using the root folder

The Sub Name text field under the Process Recipe’s File tab can be used to name or rename variants. While this is a relatively simple task when processing variants using a single recipe, it is even more straightforward to use the Output Naming tool instead, especially when more than one recipe is selected. In that case, the recommended workflow is to adopt the Sub Name option to append a label, such as resolution, image size, or color space to the file name selected in the Output Naming tool. For example, when you process a variant with one or more recipes, you can use this to add some useful properties to distinguish between the resulting variants (e.g., DSC1353_AdobeRGB_ 300dpi and DSC1353_sRGB_1600px).

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab.
  2. Click on a recipe from the Process Recipes dialog to highlight it (i.e., highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe from specific settings and then select it by highlighting it.
  3. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Sub Name field add a name (e.g. TIFF Adobe RGB), or token (e.g. Recipe Format) from the Process Recipe Sub Name Tokens dialog by clicking on the action button (…). 
  5. Go to the Output Naming tool. 
  6. From the Format action button (…), select the Sub Name token from the Naming Format dialog. Note this token should be added to others in this field to append file names, otherwise it will simply rename them.

The Sub Name text field under the Process Recipe’s File tab can be used to name or rename variants.

Select destination location using output location tool

When the Output Location option is selected from the Root Folder fly-out menu of the Process Recipe tool, the destination location for processed variants is determined by the Output Location tool. When processing one recipe, you can use this tool for creating and naming folders instead of the File tab, avoiding repetitive editing of the recipe. However, when two or more recipes are selected, you can use the File tab settings to create a folder for each (e.g., JPEGs in one folder, TIFFs to another), and then use the Output Location tool to output those folders to the same destination folder.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab. 
  2. Highlight a recipe from the Process Recipes dialog (i.e., the recipe is highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe and then select it by highlighting it. 
  3. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Root Folder fly-out menu, select, or verify Output Location from the list.
  5. Go to the Output Location tool.
  6. From the Destination menu, select from one of the following:
    • Choose Folder… and either, select an existing folder and click on Set as Output Folder, or create a new folder from the dialog. If you select the Desktop as the output location from the dialog, be sure to have either, created a folder earlier in the File Tab’s Sub Folder text field, or create one in the following step.
    • Output (Sessions only) - this option returns the processed variants to the Session Output Folder.     
  7. As an option to add a folder (or sub folder), in the Sub Folder field, either select either a token from the naming dialog accessed via the adjacent icon, or type in a name.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each required recipe. 
  9. Check mark the required Process Recipes. (If all of the recipes’ settings have been selected under the various Process Recipe tabs, the variants are now ready to be processed and exported.)
  10. Select Process in the Process Summary tool.

When the Output Location option is selected from the Root Folder fly-out menu of the Process Recipe tool, the destination location for processed variants is determined by the Output Location tool.

Naming or renaming variants on output

Capture One’s Output Naming tool provides a wide range of options for naming processed variants on output. Although naming is independent of the process recipe, when two or more recipes are selected, and the exported image variants share the same destination folder, then they will be differentiated by a numerical value.

  1. From the Output Tool Tab, go to the Output Naming tool.
  2. Enter a name directly in the Format text field. Or, select the Naming Format dialog by clicking on the Format action menu (…) icon, and make a selection from the tokens or presets available. A mixture of names and tokens (including counters) can be used. Note a token adopting the original image name is used by default. 
  3. When a counter token is selected, you can alter the value at which the counter starts along with the increment. You can also reset it. Click on the action menu (…), next to the Help (?) button in the Output Naming tool and make the selection from the relevant options.
  4. To append the image name with a custom name, enter it directly in the Job Name field. Note the Job Name token must be added to the Format field for the name to be applied. You can use underscore (_) to separate the token from the name, if desired.
  5. Verify the file name and format in the Sample field.



Output Naming provides a range of options for naming processed files