Working with the Adjustments Clipboard

The Adjustments Clipboard is one of Capture One's most versatile and powerful tools, enabling you to not only select what adjustments are copied from the various tools but also which ones are to be applied to other images. It is used additionally to create User Presets and User Styles for the ultimate control over the look of your images.

Overview

The Adjustments Clipboard is one of the most misunderstood tools in Capture One and yet it’s also one of the most powerful.

Located in the Metadata inspector, the Adjustments Clipboard is where the settings for all the adjustment tools applied to an image as a group are stored when the Copy and Apply Adjustments commands are used. As it encompasses all the adjustments made In Capture One, this is the clipboard that’s used when any of the various Copy and Apply commands are chosen.

The commands can be selected from the tool itself, the shortcuts in the main toolbar (slanted arrow icons), or from the Adjustments main menu.

You can use the Adjustments Clipboard in different ways, depending on your workflow, and whether you want to apply the adjustments to just one image or multiple images.

When you want to apply adjustments to one or more images quickly, whether that’s just a couple of settings or a group, is to ensure that the Edit Selected Variants option is already enabled. Then it’s simply a case of making adjustments to one image, pressing Copy, selecting another or a number of images and pressing Apply.

However, if you’re not sure which images are to have the adjustments copied to, or you’ve forgotten to enable the Edit Selected Variants option before selecting Copy then it’s easy to make the selections, enable the Edit Selected Variants option and then press Apply.

The Adjustments Clipboard oversees each of the individual tools’ local copy and apply clipboards. Adjustments copied to these are also copied to the main clipboard. They can be used independently of each other or together.

For example, if you want to copy an orientation change between images which, as a default setting isn't usually permitted, then this can be overridden by manually enabling it in the Adjustments Clipboard before selecting the Apply command.

Local copy and apply

Copy and apply adjustments made with a tool to one or more images.

  1. Press the Edit Selected variants icon.
  2. Select the image that you want to copy the adjustment from in the browser. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border).
  3. Now select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the adjustment to. (The thumbnail(s) will have a thin white border in the browser).
  4. Press the small double-ended arrow icon on the tool. A dialog box will appear.
  5. Press Apply at the bottom of the dialog box. The adjustment will be applied to the selected images.

Quick local copy and apply

Instantly copy adjustments made with a tool to one or more images.

  1. Press the Edit Selected variants icon to enable multiple editing. The icon will turn orange when enabled. (See circled in the toolbar.)
  2. Select the image that you want to copy the adjustment from. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border in the browser.)
  3. Now select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the adjustment to. (The thumbnail(s) will have a thin white border in the browser.)    
  4. Hold down the shift on your keyboard and press the small double-ended arrow icon on the tool. (See example circled at the top of the Levels tool).
  5. The adjustment will be instantly applied to the selected images.

Global copy and apply

Perform a Global Copy and Apply of adjustments made in all tools to other images.

  1. Press the left arrow (located in the top right of the user interface) to copy all the adjustments made to an image.
  2. Alternatively, go to the Cursor Tools and select the Copy Adjustments arrow.    
  3. Select all the images that you want to apply the settings to in the Browser.
  4. Apply the adjustments by pressing the right-arrow (Paste) in the top toolbar or in the Cursor Tools.
  5. All changes made to an image can also be saved as a Style. For more information, see the section on how To create a Style.

Global copy and apply using the clipboard

You can copy all the adjustments made with several tools to the Clipboard and apply them one or more images.

  1. Select the image that you want to copy the different adjustments from. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border in the browser).
  2. Select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the adjustment to in the Browser. Press the Edit Selected variants icon.
  3. Select the Adjustments Tool Tab. Notice that the copied adjustments will have a check mark next to them in the Adjustments Clipboard tool. Deselect any adjustments with a check mark if you do not want them applied to the selected images.
  4. Click Copy at the bottom of the Adjustments Clipboard tool.
  5. Click Apply at the bottom of the Adjustments Clipboard tool. All the selected adjustments will be applied to the selected images.

Autoselect adjustments

You can choose whether Capture One should automatically select all the adjustments that you have made on the image when you click on Copy. This feature is on by default.

The Autoselect feature is controlled by clicking on the action icon and select Autoselect > Adjusted or Autoselect > Adjusted except Composition. The latter option ensures that adjustments like Crop, Rotation and Keystone settings are not copied from one image to others as these will typically need to be set on an image per image basis. You can also turn the Autoselect feature off by selecting None.

Note that the default is set to Adjusted except Composition in Capture One 12 unless you have upgraded from Capture One 11. Then it will be set to Adjusted (and thus include the Composition tools).