Styles and Presets

Styles / Presets / Metadata / Viewing images

A Style is comprised of multiple different settings included in a template that can be saved and applied to series of photos. An existing Style can be previewed if you mouse-over the particular style in the Styles & Preset library. A Style is created by using the Clipboard tool. Any combination of settings that are copied to the clipboard can be saved as a new Style.

A Style can give you a good starting point when you need to apply a certain look to multiple photos. You can optimize workflow and save time by having your own Styles applied to a series of photos. A Style can contain settings that are not directly noticeable in the photo and it can be very useful to build metadata into your Styles (e.g. your own “signature” and client profile could serve as a basic style for a particular client).

Using Styles Pro

A Style can contain any number of Presets or ungrouped settings. A Preset is a group of settings belonging to one tool. For example, you can create a Preset containing keywords from numerous metadata categories (E.g. IPTC Contact and IPTC Image). At any given time in your workflow, you can create your own Style by either copying the current settings on the Adjustments Clipboard or changing and saving an existing Style. 

Tip: Do not always include White Balance in a Style. It can be best practice to set this value manually. You can also use color balance to create toning effect.

Applying more than one Style to an image will result in the latest applied Style overriding any previous settings. (This will happen as the two Styles may, for example, have two different Exposure settings).

Apply a style Pro

  1. Select an image.
  2. Select the Style icon in the top tool bar. Note: You can add/remove icons. See Customize the Toolbar.
    If you have Quick tab then click Styles & Preset tool. For more details on the Tool tab, see Workspaces.
  3. Select the Built-in-Styles or User Styles and preview the look of your image while scrolling the list of existing styles.
  4. Select the desired Style to apply it to the image.

Create a Style Pro

Perform your preferred editing changes, select the image and follow these basic steps:

  1. Go to the Styles & Presets tool and click on the + (plus) sign or select Save User Style from the drop down menu.
  2. Uncheck the settings that you do not want to include in the Style. A dialog box will open.
    The Save dialog will open.
  3. Name and save the Style.


  • Press F2 or select Image > New variant to get a copy of the original photo. This way you can work on the style while comparing the original to the altered photo.
  • Once a Style is saved on your computer it can be imported and shared by other users. The Capture One style format .costyle can be copied to other computers or platforms. 

Delete a Style Pro

  1. Go to the Styles & Presets tool tab and select Delete User Style.
  2. Select the User Style that you want to delete.A Delete dialog box will open.
  3. Press OK to confirm that you want to delete this Style.

Create a Preset

  1. Click on the Preset icon in the Styles and Presets tool tab.
  2. Select Save User Preset.A dialog box will open.
  3. Name and save the Preset.

In some cases the creation of a Preset involves taking an extra step. See To create a Metadata Preset for more information.

Un-stacked Styles & Presets

Presets are un-stacked by default (only one valid Preset related to a tool). In some case it could be useful to stack and merge Presets. If you have more than one metadata preset you might not want these to be merged into a “collected” metadata preset (e.g. your profile and a client profile).

You can check or uncheck the Stack styles in the Styles & Preset menu and check the Stack Presets in the menu for a particular tool.