Export Variants

Capture One uses a recipe with the intended image paramters and creates new images from your source files when exporting.

Overview of exporting variants

In Capture One, exporting variants is conceptually the same as processing them. By applying any settings or adjustments made, Capture One creates new images from the source files, and saves them as either JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or PSD file formats. When selecting DNG as the intended file format, any adjustments made or metadata added in Capture One will not be retained. Source files must be available to Capture One when exporting. For example, if the images are located on an external drive, the drive must be connected.

Capture One Pro has some additional functionality and can export variants with metadata such as descriptions, copyright details and keywords. You can also have annotations rendered with the image or as a separate layer, when saving to PSD.

Exporting variants

In Capture One Express (for Sony), the Export Variants dialog window offers options to select a destination for the new images along with folder creation, file naming or renaming, and a single recipe for selecting the parameters of the new file such as intended file format, image size and color space.

With Capture One Pro you can also add or disable sharpening and include metadata, such as EXIF data, Keywords and other IPTC data. With the exception of being able to export images with watermarks and using multiple process recipes, the processing and naming options are practically identical to those offered under Capture One Pro’s dedicated Output inspector.

  1. Select the image or images, from the browser that you want to export.
  2. From the main menu, go to File (or right click) > Export > Variants... Alternatively, right click on a Session Folder, Session Album or Catalog Collection and select Export > Variants… from the menu options. The Export Variants dialog box will open.
  3. From the Destination drop-down menu in the Location dialog, navigate to a desired location to save the exported image files to. If desired, add a folder and name it in the optional Sub Folder text field.
  4. In the Naming dialog, enter a name directly in the Format text field, or choose a naming format by clicking on the Action button (…) and adding the appropriate tokens. Type a Job name if applicable, and add the Job Name token in the Format text field to enable it.
  5. Go to the Recipe dialog and select the file format, quality and other parameters as desired. For more information, please see the section on Process Recipes.
  6. Click on the Export Variant button. When multiple images are selected, the task is added to the Batch Queue and is executed in the background, enabling users to continue their work during the export process.

Modify file settings

Capture One use Recipes for file settings when exporting images. Every setting is saved and will be available next time the recipe is selected. For more information on the various settings and choices, see the section on Process Recipes which offers many of the same options.

  1. Select the image or images to export and from the main menu, choose Export Images > Variants. 
  2. Go to the Recipe tool and select the Basic tab.
  3. From the Format drop-down menu, choose the desired file format.
  4. From the  ICC Profile drop-down menu, select the appropriate output profile. The choice of color space depends on the final purpose of the image file (e.g, sRGB for Web use, Adobe RGB for print).
  5. In the Resolution field, specify the required resolution. Unless a specific resolution is required this can be left at 300 px/in (ppi).
  6. 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 sizing images for the Web or to print, you can leave the setting to the defaults.
  7. From the Open With drop-down menu, select a compatible application 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 Export Location for the Desktop or navigate to a desired folder.
  9. From the Adjustments tab, choose from the cropping and sharpening options as necessary. 
  10. From the Metadata tab, add check-marks to include ratings, copyright, GPS, EXIF data, and manage keywords from the drop-down menu.

Exporting to DNG

When exporting RAW files as variants using the DNG file format option, the settings files (e.g., any image adjustments made) and metadata such as descriptions, keywords, ratings and color tags are not retained. You can, however, archive or share your RAW files complete with all adjustments and metadata intact by packing them together as EIP files instead. For more information, see the section on Exporting images as EIP files.

Note also that exporting native DNG files as variants from the original Leica M Monochrom, Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) and Leica M (Typ 262) using the DNG file format is not supported.

Add folder to Session Favorites Pro

Capture One Pro enables you to add the destination folder to the Session Favorites. Use this option when you have chosen a destination other than the default Sessions Output sub-folder, and you want to keep track of your processed files from within the Session itself.

  1. (Capture One Pro Sessions only). Enable Add folder to Session Favorites when you want the folder containing the processed images to be added as a Session Favorite.
  2. Enable Notify When Completed when you want to confirm that the processing was successful. A dialog opens with the path to the destination location.