When you create a new Session, you generate a Session folder with a series of sub-folders - Capture, Selects, Output, and Trash. However, the importer offers the option to create additional sub-folders.
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 importer’s Location Sub Folder Tokens enable it to automatically create, organize and name folders of images when downloading.
By adopting just one token (for example, the Orientation token), you can use the feature to organize images into portrait and landscape sub-folders of the parent Capture folder. However, you can use the two features together to create and organize images into any folder structure. You can also save these folders as user presets and switch between them when needed.
The Location Sub Folder Tokens are also available in the Export dialog, so you can semi-automate the naming and organizing of folders when it is time to share a selection of images.
When the Import To Sub Folder field contains only text or the Import Date token, Capture One will automatically create a Session Favorite in the Library to aid subsequent navigation. If any other tokens are used, that may result in files being stored in separate sub-folders, so an Album will be created instead.
- Open the importer and select the images to import from the Source fly-out menu.
- In the Import To tool, click on the Destination fly-out menu and select one of the following options:
- Capture Folder - this option is the standard folder to import files when using Sessions. Select this when you want to segregate images in this folder.
- Session Folder - this is the highest folder in the session hierarchy. Choose this option when you want to customize the standard session structure (i.e., using the Sub Folder option below will add another parent folder initially, however, hierarchical sub-folders can also be created).
- Selected Folder - a previously created folder, selected in the Library tool. Choose this option, for example, when importing images into a previously customized session.
- Choose Folder... - use this option to navigate to a new folder (an existing folder hierarchy in an image library or a folder on an external drive) and click Set as Import Folder. The recently used folders appear as shortcuts.
- To verify the folder location, click on the adjacent arrow. A warning icon may be displayed instead of a valid folder that has not already been selected in the Library.
- To create a single sub-folder within the folder selected above, add a descriptive name in the Sub Folder text field, then move to Step 8.
- 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 and saved as a user preset (click on Save User Preset…, add a name, and select Save).
- When creating hierarchical sub-folders, add a forward/backward slash (macOS/Windows) without spaces in between each new folder name or token used. Each forward/backward slash adds a sub-folder to the preceding text entry or token.
- When using the Location Sub Folder Tokens dialog, click OK in 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, naming, copyright, and adjustments.