Working with an Overlay Pro

Overlay / Crop / Composition

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).

A file with a transparent background layer must be used for an overlay. Capture One’s Overlay tool is compatible with the majority of popular file formats that support transparency, such as PSD, DNG, TIFF, GIF and PDF. In addition, Windows users can also use BMP files. This 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.

The Overlay tool provides advanced composition assistance and is commonly used when shooting tethered

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 Action (...) icon, located below.
  4. To confirm you have selected the right file (and path), check mark the Show box. 
  5. Alter the Opacity, Scale and Horizontal/Vertical placement sliders as needed.

Drag and drop an image file (with the magazine headlines and copy) into the Overlay box that states 'Drop image here'

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 as needed.

The Move Overlay hand tool (circled) is a quick way to adjust the position of the overlay file