With the Edit With... command, you can export images to an external image editor of your choice. The images are then automatically imported back into Capture One as a new variant. This "round-trip" capability allows you to seamlessly integrate your workflow with editors such as Photoshop or Helicon Focus, for example.
Images are processed by Capture One first, therefore, this option is intended primarily for RAW-based variants which can be exchanged as either 8-bit or 16-bit PSD or TIFF files, or 8-bit JPEGs. Typically, 16-bit ProPhotoRGB is recommended for preserving color detail (including mono conversions) using either the PSD or TIFF file format, though bear in mind that TIFF is more efficient when updating metadata and is compatible with a wide range of applications.
Note that PSD files can contain adjustments, layers, text or smart objects and should be saved with Maximize Compatibility enabled, however, layers (including text) will be flattened if reprocessed from Capture One using the Edit With… command. TIFF files saved with alpha channel or layers are also supported in Capture One but will be similarly flattened when reprocessing. It is recommended, therefore, to use the Open With... command when additional adjustments are required using an external editor.
- Select the image variant from the browser to be edited in Photoshop or another third-party software program.
- Choose Image -> Edit With from the main menu (or right-click on an image in the Browser and select Edit With…) and select the application.
- From the Basic tab of the Edit Recipe dialog that appears beneath the main Toolbar, select the Image Format to be exchanged.
- When selecting the PSD or TIFF file format, choose the appropriate bit depth and optional compression schemes. Note that the JPEG file option is offered for specific solutions, such as quick-proofing, and is not recommended for intensive image editing.
- A No Thumbnail option is set by default as some third-party programs may inadvertently adopt the thumbnail for editing.
- Select a working color space from the ICC Profile fly-out menu. A color space with a wide gamut should be adopted where possible, such as ProPhotoRGB.
- Resolution and Scale options should be left to the default settings unless the image is to be resized.
- From the Adjustments tab, select Disable Sharpening and Ignore Crop options as desired.
- Click on the Edit Variant button to begin the exchange. If not already running, Capture One automatically opens the external editor and converts the image file using the chosen image options applied (above). Once configured, Capture One will remember the settings for further exchanges.
- Make your adjustments in the external editor and select Save.
- The new image is automatically stored in the same location as the original source file. A thumbnail will be displayed in the Capture One browser while the image is open in the external editor.
- Take care not to make edits (particularly local adjustments) to the variant in Capture One before the image is saved in the external editor as the result is unpredictable. Once saved, adjustments made to the image using the external editor are updated and displayed in Capture One.
Note that there is no Open With drop-down menu option like there was in earlier versions of Capture One. The image(s) will open in the application you originally selected with the Image -> Edit With command. The reason for this change is that the Edit With functionality is actually a part of the new Plugin feature in Capture One 12.