How to copy Layers?




  • Guido Garotti

    Hello Liliia,

    Thank you for your help. I would like to build on the question as above. I also benefit from the ability to copy individual layers from one image to another, that one is a very helpful improvement. However, I believe many of us find a major drawback because copied layers are automatically added on top of the existing ones. It would be much nicer to choose between adding them on top OR updating the existing ones with the same name.

    It's true that after copying and pasting layers I can delete the unwanted ones, however - according to my knowledge - this has to be done image by image and when editing a large number of images this is a huge pain.

    Maybe there is a workaround?

    Problem example: I am working on 100 images from the same shoot. I edit one of them creating the general look using three basic layers: "curve", "levels", "color balance". I go on copy/pasting these three layers on the other 99. From here I go on adjusting the single images according to the individual content: therefore I am adding more individual layers, gradients here and there, and so on... Then I realise that I want to adjust the previously created "color balance" layer on all the 100 images.

    What is the quickest way to do this?

    Hope I spoke my mind.



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  • Lily

    Hi Guido,


    Thank you for the question.

    In Capture One 20, the Layers workflow has been changed -

    Thus, the copied Layers will be added on top of the existing ones but will not replace them.

    For now, the only workaround is to edit/delete Layers manually in Capture One 20.

    Thank you for the suggestion on the possibility to choose among the options to add the copied Layers on top or replace the existing ones or updating the existing Layers with the same name. I will forward your request to the Product Management team. 

    Best regards,



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  • Guido Garotti

    Hello Lily,

    Thank you for your comment. If editing/deleting layers manually on multiple images is the only option, then being able to choose whether adding or replacing or updating existing individual layers is a very critical feature. If that will not be implemented, when batch processing images, users will have to continue manipulating images mostly on the background layer as opposed to creating new layers because copy-pasting background settings on multiple images is right now the only way to update a number of images automatically.

    Also it would really help (an this would be an obvious workaround for the problem above) to be able to delete specific layers which appear over a number of images. See again the "problem example" in my previous comment and imagine that I want to delete my "curve" layer across 100 images. Doing that manually is of course a waste of time.

    To sum this up, C1-20's new layer management tool is amazing when editing a handful of images but in the real world it requires serious improvement with batch processing workflow logic.




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  • Mark Excell



    I agree with the above. The stacking of layers and not overwriting is a massive issue for me and has cause my shooting workflow to slow down.

    Please fix this ASAP.



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  • nick photo

    I totally agree! Surely there could be a work around for this??
    I just upgraded to 20 from 11 today, and was really looking forward to the improved layer functionality, but for my workflow this it is almost useless!

    If there was an option to replace or update copied layers with the same name it would be so much more useful. Almost unusable like this for my workflow. Considering going back to 11!

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  • Keith Wilson

    I can add a Plus 1 to this request... I shoot a lot of Timelapse and Panoramic images so being able to update existing layers is a critical step in the workflow

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  • Tim Walters

    When your on a busy set, this new workflow is just an extra step that just takes more time .Now you have to reset, then paste . Please make an option to overwrite ,or add to existing layers

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  • Lily

    Hi Tim,

    Thank you for the feedback.

    I will forward your comments and suggestions to the Product Management team.

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  • SFA


    If you are resetting you zap the crop.

    Have you cropped at that point?

    If you have, is the crop the same for all images? (In  my case that would be unlikely but in your scenario it might well be the same.

    If so you would be able to include the crop in the copy form you newly edited version of in image to all of the others.

    Instead of resetting just create a New Variant for all of the selected images. Once done the new variants should all be currently selected.

    Now copy (if you have not already copied to populate the clipboard) and paste the edits to the already selected new variants. Promote the variants to make them the preferred variant of the image.

    If you are absolutely sure you don't want the previous version you have the option to select them all by Variant Position and delete them. However realistically you would not NEED to do that at the time on set. Also there may be times when keeping the previous edits might just be useful?

    If cropping is involved and the original crop is to be retained on an image by image basis life gets more complex. HOWEVER by creating a new variant the original crop would have been retained with the original variant and would ba available for copying if desired.

    As you mentioned "reset" but not crops I'm not sure what your needs are.

    I offer this as an immediately available option for your workflow that you may not have identified already. Not a full solution perhaps but something that may be useful.


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  • Paul Suesse

    The is the most annoying update i have ever seen in an update. 

    So if i am processing and i copy all including the layer and paste on a new image, all is well. Now if i make an exposure adjustment to the second image and copy and paste again in a third image the third image will have 2 layers, the third 3 the fourth 4 all while making the layer adjustment (whatever that was) more potent in each image. 

    Am i supposed to Copy adjustments of an image, then paste it on a new one, go delete the second layer, adjust the image copy again, paste on a third image and do it all over again ? 

    Or do i have to go in to turn off the layer from being copied everything i want to adjust an image.


    How does this make sense ? What is the purpose of adding unwanted layers ? 

    You have make my workflow slower not faster

    Please fix this issue ASAP or at least a way to turn it off. 

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  • nick photo

    Yes 100%, does anyone actually like or find benefit with this new system?
    When would you ever want multiple layers of the same thing?? Madness.

    Hopefully, they hear these messages and do something to fix it!
    Even a legacy mode so it switches back to how it used to be

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