Process Recipe

Process images / Process recipe / Watermark / TIF / Web Contact Sheet

You can customize Output Recipes and subsequently have any number of recipes processed simultaneously. You can continue working in Capture One while photos are processed in the background.

Images can be processed for output as TIFF, JPEG or DNG. Capture One provides a range of options for setting the file compression, bit depth, color space, resolution and size. The Scale option is especially useful if you want to process images for various purposes. Use the Web Contact Sheet option to get a quick showcase of your work that is easy to share. The Web Contact Sheet generates and exports a folder with JPEGs into a web gallery that is compatible with most current Internet browsers.  

Customize your output workflow with Output Recipes to create, for example, multiple output recipes to process the same collection of images for various output purposes.

Create Multiple Process Recipes Pro

  1. Go to the Output tool tab.
  2. In Process Recipes tool press “+”.
  3. Name the new recipe.
  4. In Process Recipe tool, choose the desired Format, bit depth, Compression, ICC profile and Resolution.
  5. Choose the Scale setting from the drop down menu.
  6. Select an application from the Open With drop down menu (in the Process Recipe tool) to automatically open a processed image.
    This is not recommended if multiple images are processed in one batch.
  7. File names are set using the Output Naming tool. See File naming.
  8. The output destination can be changed if the session folder is not the desired output folder.
    A new output folder can be chosen in the Output To option.
  9. In Advanced tab, choose the Root Folder if subfolders are used.
  10. Name the Sub Folder.
  11. Check mark the preferred Metadata options to include in the processed files.
  12. Choose whether or not to include Watermark in the image from the relevant tab.
  13. Every step is instantly saved and will re-appear next time the recipe is selected.

Multiple recipes are only available in the PRO or DB version. Start at #4 if the installed version is not PRO.

Process Images

  1. Select the image files for processing.
  2. Go to the Output tool tab.
  3. In Process Recipes, check mark the required recipe(s) for the selected images.
  4. Press Process.
  5. Processing can be stopped at any time, then edited and re-started from the Batch tool tab.

Create a Text Watermark Pro

  1. Go to the Output tool tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Text from the Kind drop down menu.
  4. Type the Watermark into the Text field.
  5. Press the Font menu icon to adjust the font, color and size of the text.
  6. Adjust Opacity and Scale sliders to the desired level.
  7. Adjusting the placement of the Watermark using the Horizontal and Vertical Sliders or by selecting the hand cursor tool (h).

Create a Graphical Watermark Pro

  1. Go to the Output tool tab.
  2. Choose the Watermark tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. Select Image from the Kind drop down menu.
  4. Drag and drop a file to the image area or browse for an image using the File link below the image area.
  5. Adjust Opacity and Scale sliders to the desired level.
  6. Adjusting the placement of the Watermark using the Horizontal and Vertical Sliders or by selecting the hand cursor tool (h).

N.B. Capture One supports all common image file formats for use as a watermark.

Process into Different Folders Pro

  1. Go to the Output tool tab.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  3. The Sub Folder will allow automatic creation of subfolders. (E.g. For jpeg files only).

Use Multiple Output Recipes at the Same Time Pro

  1. Go to Output tool tab.
  2. Check mark all process recipes needed.
  3. Select the image files in need of processing.
  4. Press Process button.

To Edit the Batch

  1. Go to the Batch tool tab.
  2. Choose the Queue tab.
  3. A batch of files can be changed and reordered. Simply drag and drop files to the desired order during processing.
  4. Highlight a file(s) and press backspace to remove it from the Batch Queue at any time.
  5. The Batch Queue can be stopped and restarted at any time.

To Reprocess Files (History tab)

  1. Go to the Batch tool tab.
  2. Select the History tab.
  3. Highlight any previously processed files and press the Reprocess Selected  button.

Learn More

Summary and benefits of each output setting:

Format
Use a TIFF to preserve maximum quality. A TIFF also enables the option of 16 bit output.
Use a JPEG file setting to attain a smaller sized file (compared to a TIFF) for convenience.

The JPEG QuickProof format setting creates images for evaluation purposes. Capture One creates the image file from the proxy file and the settings file without additional calculations or filters. JPEG QuickProof should not be considered as a completed file; it is ideal for ultra quick evaluation purposes only.

Outputting to DNG format in Capture One, in essence, creates a new RAW file. There are no options for size or compression with this format. All changes made to the image will be discarded when creating the DNG file.

Compression 
TIFF and JPEG files may be compressed. A TIFF is a lossless format, as are both forms of TIFF compression; LZW and ZIP.
A JPEG is a compressed file. The higher the compression, the smaller the file and the greater the loss of information. JPEG compression also adds noise to an image. 

ICC
The choice of color space depends on the final purpose of an image file.
ICC profiles can be selected in the Process Recipe tool. Alternatively, the color space can also be changed by going to View > Proof Profile. Choose a color space and make final adjustments after converting an image file.

Resolution
The Process Recipe tool features a Resolution field that can be change to pixels per inch, cm or mm.

Scale
The Scale options in a recipe determine how much a cropped image will be scaled when processed with that recipe.  All scaling options will retain the original aspect ratio - scaling options will never cause a processed image to be distorted, cropped or rotated with other proportions other than the Capture One view.

Fixed: The image is scaled proportionally with the percentage specified.
Capture One can scale images on output from 10-250%. (Scaling is carried out on the original data and is of the highest quality so it is suitable for any type of use.)

Width:
The image is scaled proportionally to the specified width.

Height: The image is scaled proportionally to the specified height.

Width x Height: The image is scaled proportionally to fit inside a box with the specified width and height.
Use this to ensure that a set of processed images with different aspect ratios will fit on certain sized paper.

Dimensions: An image is scaled proportionally to fit inside a box with the specified dimensions. Use this when you want to process a mix of portrait and landscape images.
The dimensions are interpreted as either width x height or height x width whatever yields the largest scale.

Long Edge: The image is scaled proportionally with the longest edge set to the specified value.

Short Edge: The image is scaled proportionally with the shortest edge set to the specified value.

Never Upscale: Limit the scale to a maximum of 100%.

Output Scaling
New to Capture One is the ability to scale images on output from 10-250%.
The option was previously only available in the Pro version of the software and means that upsizing images is as simple as selecting the output size required. As the scaling is carried out on the original data, the scaling is of the highest quality and suitable for any type of use.

Open With
Select an option from the Open With drop down menu to automatically open a processed file into another selected application once it’s been processed in Capture One.

Naming
Output naming provides a range of options for naming processed files. See Output Naming.

Output To
The Output To option enables users to choose an output destination for processed files. Click on the button to navigate and select a desired folder.

Process Summary
The Process Summary window provides an overview of all the chosen settings for an image before processing. This includes the actual and final processed size, name, format and file size.

Any red highlighted figures are there as a warning that something will not be processed in a desired way. Check the red figures and make the necessary alterations e.g. change the dimensions.

Watermark
In general, all MAC/PC image files hold recognizable embedded thumbnails. This includes the most common files formats such as, jpeg, gif, png, EPS as well as other photographic files if a proper codec is installed. Read more on image codecs on the relevant camera manufacturer’s website.

A watermark can be added to an individual process recipe. A watermark can also be included in all processed images and on a web contact sheet to help protect the files that are sent to a client.

Metadata
The advanced Process Recipe tab enables the option of removing (or stripping) metadata. Metadata stripping settings are an integrated part of each process recipe. Capture One offer five stripping options: Rating, Copyright, GPS coordinate, Camera data and ‘all other’. The default setting includes all Metadata information apart from the Rating setting.

History
The Batch tool tab shows a history of all recent files that have been processed. If for any reason, there is a need for further copies of these images, the relevant ones can be selected and the Reprocess button selected.