Once you’ve created a Preset or Style, you can even apply them to images on import. In this video, Derrick Story shows you how to save time by applying Styles and Presets during import into Capture One Pro, which is an advanced image management and editing application for profession and enthusiast photographers.
- [Instructor] Let me show you one of my favorite applications of Presets, and that's on Import. We have the Import dialog box open right here. And I want to bring in this shot, this DNG. Now with my product photography, I tend to shoot it a bit on the flat side. In other words, I don't push the whites all the way to white white, and I don't push the blacks all the way to black black. I have a little bit of space on both sides of the histogram. And I do that because I feel like I have a little headroom when I actually work on the raw file.
However in this case, I want to save myself some time. And I want to go ahead and apply that contrast that we created earlier, that contrast preset. Because I know right away the way I shot these, and I know what I want to do, and I know the starting point that I want. So I can do that. All I have to do in the Import dialog box is come over here to Adjustments. And I'm going to go to User Presets. And I'm going to go to Exposure, and there is my exposure preset. And I can have it right there. And you're going okay, that's cool but what I if I want to apply my metadata preset also? Well you can do that.
Come back here, and you just use Stack Styles. Now, all I have to do is come over to my MetaData preset. And it'll do contrast plus 10 plus my MetaData preset. I don't want Auto Adjust right now. I'm going to turn that off. But Auto Adjust is pretty cool, by the way. A lot of times, you can just turn on Auto Adjust on import, and it'll read those files and it'll give them a little contrast and all that sort of stuff.
In this case, I specifically know what I want. I want contrast plus 10. Alright, so we selected that DNG file. I got this all set up. Everything else is set up fine. We're going to put it inside the catalog, and I'm just going to import this one image. So in she comes. There it is right there. Let's just hit Command + B to hide that. There's the shot as it comes in, and actually it looks pretty decent. Let's take a look over here and you will see that my exposure stuff has been applied, right? Plus 10 on contrast, minus one brightness, saturation.
All of that was applied. And I'll hold down the Option key and I can turn that off. Not a huge difference, but a nicer starting point. I like it. And I think this is where I want to begin working on this shot. Oh, let's take a look at the metadata. Did my metadata come in? Well here we go. Let's cruise on down here, and there's my metadata too.
So I think setting up presets is useful in all sorts of ways, but one way that really gets me excited is having presets that I can use on import. For instance, if you have a photographer that always comes in flat, he's very consistent. Well you can set up a preset for him. And save yourself a lot of work, especially if he has hundreds of photos coming in to your library. Same thing if someone's always a little cool on the colors, you could set up a preset to offset that. Very handy. Don't tell them that you're doing this.
It'll be just our secret, right?
- Adjusting a specific hue with the Color Editor
- Minimizing an offending color in the Color Editor
- Fine tuning hues with Color Balance
- Exploring Color Balance presets
- Addressing a specific tone with the Curve tool
- Exposure adjustment tricks
- Using brushing tools in the Local Adjustments tab
- Making color corrections to specific areas
- Speeding up your workflow