When downloading images from external media you can use the importer to organize those images into subfolders. This feature can be used in a number of different ways.
Firstly, it allows you to adopt an existing storage strategy if you have one, but you can use it to simply segregate a group of images from the existing folder of images or create just any hierarchical folder structure. You can also save these folder structures as user presets and switch between them when necessary.
In addition, you can combine this with Capture One’s dynamic locations feature. By leveraging Capture One’s database access to the image metadata, the Location Sub Folder Tokens enable the importer to automatically create, organize, and name folders of images when downloading. The Location Sub Folder Tokens are also available in the Export dialog, so you can semi-automate the organizing of folders when it is time to share a selection of images.
- Open the importer and select the images you want to import from the Source fly-out menu.
- In the Import To tool, click on the Destination fly-out menu and select Choose Folder... to set where to store the source files.
- Navigate to either an existing system folder or create and name a new folder on the local computer or an external disk and click Set as Import Folder. Recently used folders appear as shortcuts. When selected, the Sub Folder field is revealed. This option is unavailable when selecting Inside Catalog or Current Location.
- To create a single subfolder, add a descriptive name in the Sub Folder text field, and move to Step 9.
- To create and organize images in multiple sub-folders based on metadata, click on the (…) icon next to the Sub Folder text field to open the Location Sub Folder Tokens dialog and select the appropriate tokens available in the list.
- Text and tokens may be used together in the Sub Folder text field or the dialog’s Format text box.
- When creating hierarchical sub-folders, add a forward/backward slash (Mac/Windows) without spaces in between each new folder name or token used. Each forward/backward slash adds a subfolder to the preceding text entry or token. (Folder structures created in the Location Sub Folder Tokens dialog can be saved as a user preset. Click on Save User Preset…, add a name and select Save).
- When using the Location Sub Folder Tokens dialog, remember to click OK to accept the naming/folder-structure format.
- In the Sample Path field, verify the path is pointing to the chosen folder for import.
- Continue with options for backing-up, file-naming, copyright, and adjustments.