It’s Capture-One-Hidden-Features time! Previously, we have already discovered a bunch of obscure Capture One features:

Now, let’s see how to get the maximum out of your styles in Capture One.
If you’re not familiar with styles in Capture One, here is a nice tutorial to learn all the basic features of styles.

Structuring Styles into Folders

First and foremost, you need to learn to access Capture One styles system folder. Here you can structure styles and organize them into folders.

Styles in Capture One

For instance, you can create a Favorites folder and put some of the most used styles there. Additionally, you can organize your styles by editing tasks or looks. Don’t forget to restart Capture One for changes to take effect.

To get to this folder, simply follow the instruction in my video (starts at 6:25) and replace StyleBrushes with Styles in the path:

Comparing Different Styles

Sometimes, you might need to see how an applied style looks when compared to other styles on the same image.

Styles in Capture One

Firstly, create a new variant and select both images. Here I’ve posted a script to automate these actions.
Secondly, turn off Edit Selected option to apply a style to the primary variant only.

Styles in Capture One

Yep, it’s this rare case when you need to turn it off!

Now, you can scroll styles and easily compare your current adjustments with other styles.

Using Styles to Reset Adjustments

Usually, styles in Capture One are used to apply some adjustments. However, you can use them to reset adjustments as well!
The trick is that styles contain any adjustments, including 0 corrections.
Thus, you can create styles to reset particular adjustments to 0. For instance, you can create a style to reset all color or exposure corrections.
Keep in mind that you can simply hover your cursor over any style to see your image without precise adjustments.
For my book Capture One Hidden Features, I have created a set of ten styles to reset different groups of tools:

Styles in Capture One

These styles come as a free bonus with the book!

Applying LUTs with Styles

There is no native support for LUTs in Capture One. However, you might have seen styles that apply LUTs to your images. Technically, such styles apply a camera profile based on a LUT instead of your regular camera profile. Here is how it looks in a style code:

The style simply takes a sidecar ICC profile (based on a LUT) and sets it as a camera profile in Base Characteristics.

How to create LUT-based profiles and styles?

The easiest way is to use 3D LUT Creator since it has the built-in feature of creating LUT-based styles for Capture One:

Styles in Capture One

Download 3D LUT Creator and follow this guide:

The main disadvantage of such styles is that you can’t use them in layers.

Understanding Stack Styles Feature

If you wish to mix different styles on an image, you need to understand the logic behind Stack Styles feature in Capture One.

Styles in Capture One

The idea is rather simple:

  • Non-conflicting adjustments from all applied styles are always active.
  • If several styles contain the same tools, the conflicting adjustment from the last applied style will be active.

Thus, you can easily mix styles that contain different types of adjustments, say, color corrections, exposure corrections, and metadata. All these adjustments will be active on your image.
If some tools appear in different applied styles, the latter style always has a priority.

Running Editing History with Presets

There is a pretty curious way of working with presets in Capture One.
Paul Steunebrink, the host of ImageAlchemist, has developed 4588 (!) presets for all key tools of Capture One:

Paul’s idea is to control adjustments by choosing presets from a variety of options:

Styles in Capture One

Basically, his presets contain no unique settings but offer a new image editing workflow.
Best of all, this method allows you to have a “history” of all your editing in Styles and Presets tool:

Styles in Capture One

Setting Shortcuts for Styles

Finally, there is another unobvious feature that I’ve mentioned previously in my newsletter:
You can assign shortcuts for Capture One styles in macOS!

Here you’ll find all the details on this feature. However, I haven’t tested it on BigSur yet, so let me know if you had any issues with it!


Alexander Svet – Professional photographer and photography instructor. Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One beta tester.