Output Location and Naming

Set the destination location for output and create and name folders and sub-folders from the Process Recipe’s File tab. Find out how the Recipe's File tab integrates with the seperate Output Location and Naming tools.

Overview of the workflow

When preparing image variants for output using one or more process recipes, you have several tools at your disposal that can be used collectively to create and name folders, rename the variants, and select the destination location.

When using a single built-in recipe, or when modifying it on an ad hoc basis, you can either specify the location with the Root Folder option from the File tab of the Process Recipe tool and create folders using the Sub Folder option, or you can to defer those choices to the Output Location tool.

When two or more recipes are selected, the Sub Folder option of File tab of the Process Recipe tool can be used to organize the resultant images by recipe into separate folders, and the Root Folder option left to defer the destination to the Output Location tool.

Note that while the Root Folder setting overrides the Output Location tool, it is good practice to leave it to defer to the Output Location to set the destination. It can help avoid mistakes, as while the Process Recipe tool (and all the options available under the various tabs) is very flexible, it is intended primarily to define individual recipes.

It is also recommended that the Output Naming tool is adopted to rename image variants. Although it is possible to use the File tab’s Sub Name option to rename images (when the Sub Name token is used in the Format field of the Output Location tool), it is meant to be used to append image names with labels, such as color space, format, or resolution.

Select output location using root folder

The Process Recipe’s File tab has an option to specify the destination location for the processed variants, or, to simplfy the process when more than one recipe is selected, defer to the Output Location tool instead. See below for more details.

  1. Go to the Output Tool Tab. 
  2. Click on a recipe from the Process Recipes dialog to highlight it (i.e., highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe from specific settings and then select it by highlighting it. 
  3. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Root Folder fly-out menu, choose where to export the processed files for the selected recipe. Select from the following options:
    • Output Location (default) - this defers the placement of processed image variants to the Output Location tool, see the section below for more details.
    • Image Folder  - this option returns the processed image files back to the folder with the original unprocessed images.
    • Select Folder… - you can select an existing folder, or create a new folder, either locally or on an external drive, flash-disk or network drive. If you select the Desktop as the output location, be sure to create a new folder for the images from the resulting dialog, or add a folder in the Sub Folder option. Note, you can verify the folder location using the Arrow-shaped icon, next to the fly-out menu.

The Process Recipe’s File tab has tools to specify the destination location for the processed variants, as well as options to name them using the Sub Name text field, and to create and name a folder for them in the Sub Folder text field.

Selecting the destination location using output location tool

When the Output Location option is selected from the Root Folder fly-out menu of the Process Recipe tool, the destination location for processed variants is determined by the Output Location tool. When processing one recipe, you can use this tool for creating and naming folders instead of the File tab. This avoids repetitive editing of the recipe and reduces the likelihood of making mistakes. However, when two or more recipes are selected, you can use the Process Recipe's File tab settings to create a sub-folder for each recipe (e.g., JPEGs in one folder, TIFFs to another), and then use the Output Location tool to output those folders to the same destination folder.

  1. Go to the Output inspector. 
  2. To edit or modify a recipe, first click on one in the list in the Process Recipes panel (i.e., the recipe is highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe and then select it for editing by highlighting it. 
  3. With the recipe highlighted in the list, select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Root Folder fly-out menu, select, or verify Output Location from the list.
  5. Go to the Output Location tool.
  6. From the Destination menu, select from one of the following:
    • Choose Folder… and either, select an existing folder and click on Set as Output Folder, or create a new folder from the dialog. If you select the Desktop as the output location from the dialog, be sure to have either, created a folder earlier in the File Tab’s Sub Folder text field, or create one in the following step.
    • Output (Sessions only) - this option returns the processed variants to the Session Output Folder.     
  7. As an option to add a parent or enclosing folder (or sub folder, if you've already created one in step 6), in the Output Location's Sub Folder field, select either a token from the naming dialog accessed via the adjacent icon, or type in a name.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each required recipe. 
  9. Check mark the required recipes in the Process Recipes panel. (If all of the recipes’ settings have been selected under the various Process Recipe tabs, the variants are now ready to be processed and exported.)
  10. Select Process in the Process Summary tool.

When the Output Location option is selected from the Root Folder fly-out menu of the Process Recipe tool, the destination location for processed variants is determined by the Output Location tool.

Naming or renaming variants on output

Capture One’s Output Naming tool provides a wide range of options for naming processed variants on output. Although naming is independent of the process recipe, when two or more recipes are selected, and the exported image variants share the same destination folder, then they will be differentiated by a numerical value.

  1. From the Output Tool Tab, go to the Output Naming tool.
  2. Enter a name directly in the Format text field. Or, select the Naming Format dialog by clicking on the Format action menu (…) icon, and make a selection from the tokens or presets available. A mixture of names and tokens (including counters) can be used. Note a token adopting the original image name is used by default. 
  3. When a counter token is selected, you can alter the value at which the counter starts along with the increment. You can also reset it. Click on the action menu (…), next to the Help (?) button in the Output Naming tool and make the selection from the relevant options.
  4. To append the image name with a custom name, enter it directly in the Job Name field. Note the Job Name token must be added to the Format field for the name to be applied. You can use underscore (_) to separate the token from the name, if desired.
  5. Verify the file name and format in the Sample field.

Output Naming provides a range of options for naming processed files

Appending file names using the root folder

The Sub Name text field under the Process Recipe’s File tab is used primarily to integrate with the Output Naming tool to append image file names with a label. It is especially useful to add properties such as resolution, image size, and color space, to distinguish between the variant when processing using two or more process recipes. There are a wide range of Tokens that can be used. Note however, to enable the Sub Name option in the File tab, the Sub Name Token must be included in the Output Naming tool's Format field.

  1. Go to the Output inspector.
  2. Click on a recipe from the Process Recipes dialog to highlight it (i.e., highlighted with an orange or gray bar), or create a new recipe from specific settings and then select it by highlighting it.
  3. Select the File tab in the Process Recipe tool.
  4. From the Sub Name field add a name (e.g. TIFF Adobe RGB), or token (e.g. Recipe Format) from the Process Recipe Sub Name Tokens dialog by clicking on the action button (…). 
  5. Go to the Output Naming tool. 
  6. From the Format action button (…), select the Sub Name token from the Naming Format dialog. Note this token must be added to the intended file name in this field, in order to integrate with the Sub Name field of the File tab.

The Sub Name text field under the Process Recipe’s File tab can be used to name or rename variants.