Styles and Presets

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Find out how to create and apply Styles and Presets.

Styles overview

  • Using Styles can optimize workflow and save time when you need to apply a certain look to multiple images.
  • A Style can comprise of a number of different settings including adjustments, lens correction, keystone, base characteristics and metadata information.
  • You can create your own Style from the Adjustments Tool Tab. Any combination of settings that are copied to the Adjustments Clipboard can be saved as a new Style.
  • Built-in and User Styles can be accessed in the Styles Library. (Adjustments>Styles>Built-in Style).

Apply a style Pro

  1. Select an image in the browser.
  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 Adjustments Tool Tab. 
  2. Go to the Styles & Presets tool and click on the + (plus) icon or select Save User Style from the drop down menu.
  3. The Save dialog will open. Uncheck the settings that you do not want to include in the Style.
  4. Name and save the Style.
  5. Go to the drop down menu in the Styles & Presets tool and select User Styles to access all saved Styles for future use.

Tip: 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

  1. Go to the Styles & Presets tool and select Delete User Style from the drop down menu.
  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.

Preset overview

  • 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).
  • A Style can contain any number of Presets or ungrouped settings.

Create a preset

  1. Click on the Manage Preset icon at the top of a tool.
  2. Select Save User Preset... from the drop down menu.
  3. A dialog box will open. 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.

Stack or un-stacked styles and presets

Presets are un-stacked by default (only one valid Preset related to a tool). In some cases 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).  

Access the Stack option:

  • Go to the Adjustments Tool Tab and select or deselect the Stack Styles option in the Styles & Preset menu.  
  • Click on the Manage Presets icon for a particular tool and select or deselect the Stack Presets option in the menu.

Find out about Stacking Presets and Styles in the Tips and Tutorials section.

Learn more

  • Always consider whether you want to include the White Balance setting in a Style. It is best practice to set this value manually.
  • 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).