1Styles For Capture One Pro 11

With the release of Capture One Pro 11 and new layer enhancements, brings photographers new creativity when working with styles. 1Styles Pro has upgraded their styles to work with this new functionality allowing you to refine the existing styles to create even more grading possibilities.

The film styles are a great addition to have in your retouching workflow, giving you a great starting position to tweak from or as stand alone looks. I have been using the styles for a while now and have found that some can be too aggressive but with C1 11 it's easy to dial in your preferred look. This is achieved with the new opacity slider in the local adjustments and works like you would expect, allowing you to control the strength of the whole layer and its adjustments.

 

After creating a new filled layer, choose your style from the styles menu as shown above. For the example images below I used PL-Time Zero Polaroid, which gave a faded warmth to the image. Notice the effect on the style as the opacity changes, this now gives you total control over the styles and your grading workflow.

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Once you have experimented with the new style options I suggest stacking the film styles. As show on the image below I have two layers, one named "Colour" and one "Contrast". On the colour layer I used PL Time Zero-Polaroid, this was for that warm faded tone. Then on the contrast layer I applied another style from the film style set which was Agfa Vista 400 V4 T-balanced. I used this for its strong contrast and opposing colour tone. I then balanced the image to my liking using the opacity sliders, this is a great technique for quickly toning and adding punch to an image by letting the styles do the hard work and using C1 11's new functionality to refine the results. 

To find out more information on the Film Styles by 1Styles, see below at my previous posts or at the website - www.1styles.pro

 

Capture One Film Styles - Extended Set Review

Film Styles Extended Set is the newest development from Capture One Styles, created for the advance users of the original Film Styles Set for Capture One.

The new Extended Set contains 100 new film styles and 25 grain emulation Styles. In Extended Set you will find a lot of completely new film styles like Kodak Gold and Royal Gold, Kodak Ektar, Agfa Vista, Rollei Retro, Kodak Max and UltraMax. Also included in the set are new variants of existing styles from the original set and popular styles now having an artistic style variant. 

Film Grain emulation can be achieved in the Extended set thanks to the new features in Capture One Pro 8. There are 25 universal grain styles and 30 unique emulations for the B&W styles which all work with the original film styles set.  The new set is not an upgrade or replacment of the original set, its a completely new set of styles, designed to work with the Capture One Pro 8 and utilising its all new powerful features. 

I have been really impressed with the new Film Styles, at first I thought they would not be a stand alone strong set of styles but they are comprehensive and diverse offering new possibilities over the previous film styles set. I particularly like that the styles go up in strength allowing the user to be as subtle or as strong as they want using the styles, giving more creative control. However, I found some of the styles to be quite strong in contrast levels even on the lowest version but this is a minor issue and nothing you couldn't get around with a few tweaks in Capture One. The choice between having summer & winter versions of the styles allowed quick scrolling between a cold or warm balance effect which I found to be extremely helpful. 

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Kodak Royal Gold 400 V3 Summer

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Kodak Royal Gold 400 V3 Winter

When I previously reviewed the original Film Styles Set I found the black and white conversions impressive and authentic. The new extended set has built upon an already impressive B&W style set adding even more diversity to the styles. I particularly like the higher ISO styles (less contrast) because they give you a pleasant black & white toned conversion from which to start adding your own personal amount of contrast and impact. I also mentioned last time about using C1 8's film grain emulation tool in conjunction with the styles to add even more drama and now in the Extended Set there is a complete set of black & white styles with varying amounts of grain to help get you started. The B&W plus grain styles were great for adding texture to images and gave great results. However for a more controlled workflow I added the B&W style first then chose from one of the grain presets. Using the grain presets was so easy and efficient and there is a good variation ranging from subtle to very strong giving greater control in finding the look you want. 

Please click on the images below to enlarge for a better look. 

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Film Grain ISO 800 EXP

Film Grain ISO 1600 Push

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I have been really impressed with this new Extended Set from Capture One Styles, they have expanded on an already strong style set. Is it worth the money ?  I would defiantly say yes. The styles are strong, diverse, authentic and are a great starting point to bring that extra bit of life to your images. Sometimes the hardest part of an editing workflow is deciding on the look and feel of your images. The new styles are great to skim through, allowing you to view a range of styles instantly. Even if you apply the styles and edit from there on they give you a great starting point sometimes one you would never have considered. The Extended Set coupled with the Original Film Styles offer a massive library of editing possibilities.

Please see below examples of the styles applied to some images from a recent trip to New York:

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I would like to thank Alexander for providing a copy of the styles for me to review. For more information and to purchase the styles, visit Capture One Styles. Also for more information on the Original Film Style Set and instructions on installation please read my previous review

All Images © David Eaton Photography. All Rights Reserved. 

Film Styles Set For Capture One - Review

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Film Styles For Capture is a set of 100 styles, designed to replicate popular film image effects whilst utilising the power of Capture One's RAW converter. The set includes 58 colour and 42 black & white styles and is available for download for $49,95. The styles are split into familiar named film stocks such as Ilford Delta, Kodak T-MAX, Agfa Scala, Polaroid plus many more. 

Installation

There are two methods for installation, both of which are very straight forward:

1. Import Styles - This is the easiest and fastest. Simply using the "Import" function from the Styles & Presets tool you can import all the styles from your downloads folder straight into C1. 

2. Copy Styles into Capture One's Settings - Recommended. This method allows you to set different folders for your styles giving you more control. All you have to do is copy the contents of the Styles set into Capture One's Settings, where you can make new folders which will appear in the C1 menu. The C1 styles folder can be found in the following location:

User > Library > Application Support > Capture One > Styles

I really like this method because it keeps everything neatly organised and gives you the control to put things where you want them to be. Unlike method 1 where the styles are just dumped into the Styles & Presets tool, leaving you to wade through them all. This can be a nightmare when you have alot of photographs to edit,  constantly having to skim through a big list of styles. For the purpose of this review I copied the contents of the folders straight into the styles folder, giving a me a BW & Colour folder. However, as I have been using the styles over the past few weeks, getting to know what will give me what look. I have now created separate folders for all of the film stocks. This allows me to quickly and easily find what I'm looking for and saves me skimming through the big list of styles. 

The Styles

I have been using the styles for a few weeks now and and have been very impressed with the results. At first I was skeptical of how the styles would look and if I would be able to use them in my workflow. They have grown to be a great asset not only as adjustments but as visual aids, allowing me to quickly preview a variety of styles on my photos. This speeds my workflow up by helping me to decide how I want to edit a particular photo without having to sit there and apply all the adjustments manually to achieve the look.

The big Pro about the styles for me was subtlety and range, they had varying amounts of contrast and colour effects giving more choice and creative freedom. There were still ones that I found too harsh and a bit over the top but on the whole a good selection of well executed styles. The styles gave a really good starting point, quickly allowing me to apply desired base colour and contrast characteristics from which to build from. 

Here is a small selection of the Colour Styles and the effect they have:

When I first started skimming through the BW Styles, I thought that there were not many differences between the styles but the more I used them I saw the subtle differences. The BW Styles are a vast improvement on the black & white styles offered by Capture One, they have better levels of contrast intensity and offer more choice for black and white conversions. Also with the new film grain tool in C1 8 coupled with these BW styles, you can really create authentic rich black & white images. 

A selection of Black & White Styles: 

Final Thoughts

Overall the Film Style Set for Capture One is a great addition, offering a wide variety of styles that are very well executed. It hasn't got quite the polished finish of say VSCO Film but as these are not available for Capture One this is the best option on the market if you are looking to expand your Capture One editing possibilities. I would say that the styles are not a direct replacement for shooting film but they do allow you to apply some of that old film magic to your digital photography. Whether they're 100% correct to the the original film stock doesn't really bother me, they are a great editing tool for toning and converting your images and give you a great starting platform from which to build upon. 

I would like to thank Alexander for providing a copy of the styles for me to review. For more information and to purchase the styles, visit Capture One Styles

All Images © David Eaton Photography. All Rights Reserved