Guides

The Guides tool will allow you to position and display Guides over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right and it is particularly useful when shooting tethered or cropping the image.

Introduction

The Guides tool will allow you to position and display Guides over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right and it is particularly useful when shooting tethered or cropping the image.

The Guides tool is optimized to let you add guide lines and adjust their location with a high degree of precision by entering a specific position value in either %, px, mm, cm or in.

The tool is only available in Capture One Studio. If you are using a Pro version, please read about working with Guides here.

Creating a Guide

You will find the Guides tool in the Lens Tool Tab where the Crop tool is also located.

  1. First enable the visibility of the Guides in the Viewer by selecting the Show option in the Guides tool or go to the menu and select View > Guides to toggle them on and off. You can assign a keyboard shortcut to this command (see below).
  2. Click on the + (plus) icon in the bottom left corner to create a new guide. You will now get a couple of options to position the guide with high precision.
  3. First select the desired position unit (%, px, mm, cm or in) from the unit drop-down menu. Then select what edge of the image the position should be calculated from. This is done by selecting either From Top, From Left, From Right or From Bottom from the position drop-down menu. Finally, enter the desired position value in the field to position the guide line where you want it (like 10% From Left edge).
  4. If you want to add another guide line, click again on the + (plus) icon in the bottom left corner. Note how the settings will be copied from the guide settings above, making it easy to add several guides where you only have to change a single value or setting.
  5. You can select one of the six available grid colors to ensure that the grid will be easy to see against the image subject. You can choose between black, white, red, yellow, magenta or cyan. The selected color will be applied to all the added guide lines. Red is default.

The Follow Crop option will fit the guide lines inside the chosen crop and follow it as you readjust the crop. If the option is deselected, the guide lines will fit the full image, regardless of the chosen crop. This can be a great way to add a visual “safe zone” along the boundaries of the image when cropping.

If you want to assign a keyboard shortcut command to toggle the visibility of the Guides on and off, select Edit > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… and find the Guides command. Note that you can also assign additional keyboard shortcuts to other related Guides commands under Customize Guides in the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

Edit and deleting a Guide

Adjusting a Guide position

You have two ways to change the position of a guide:

  • Type in a new position value in the number field of the desired guide line in the Guides tool to move it to the new position.
  • Choose the Select cursor (V) and hover over the guide you want to move. A Move cursor is now displayed. Click on the guide and drag it to the new, desired position. Note how the associated position value changes in the Guides tool as you drag the line.

Deleting a Guide

Click on the – (minus) icon at the end of a Guide to delete it. If you want to delete all Guides at once, click on the Action menu and select Reset tool. This will then remove all guides.

Using Guides Presets

Presets are a great way to save and reuse commonly used guide settings, potentially saving a lot of time.

1. Go to the Guides tool and set up your guide lines (see above) as desired for reuse.

2. Click on the small preset icon and select Save User Preset. Remember to enable the Guides and Follow Crop option in the Save Preset window. Click on the Save button. Name and save the Preset.

3. You have now created a Guides Preset that can be selected from Preset menu in the Guides tool.

Exporting Guides

The Guides can be exported for reuse in an external image editing app. If you export the image in the PSD file format, the guides will be converted to Photoshop’s guide system so that you can move and readjust any guides added in Capture One Studio as well as toggling their visibility on and off in Photoshop. This is done by selecting the Guides option in the Process Recipe tool under Metadata and Workflow.

If you export the image in a file option other than PSD, the Guides will be baked (flattened) into the image file, when you select the Guides option in the Process Recipe tool under Metadata and Workflow.

Guides and Capture Pilot

If you are using the Capture Pilot app on an iOS device in combination with running Capture One Studio, you have the option to display the Guides on top of the image viewed on the iOS app screen. The Guides can be toggled on and off in the Capture Pilot app by tapping on the Guides icon at the bottom of the app screen. It is worth to point out that the visibility in the app is controlled independently of whether the Guides are enabled or not in Capture One Studio. This means that the same Guides can be hidden in Capture One Studio but visible in the Capture Pilot app, or vice versa.

You will need to update the Capture Pilot app (version 2.2.x or later) to enable the Guides functionality. Also note that Capture One Studio controls the layout of the Guides used. You cannot change the Guides on the connected device, you can only toggle their visibility on and off.