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Delete a layer to group of images?

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  • Roon

    If you haven't made any other changes to the files (like exposure, or what ever) yet, then you could select one photo, delete the layer, copy adjustments and apply that to all images.

     

    cheers,

    Ronald

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  • SFA

    Warren,

    There is no full-proof way of identifying a layer that has been applied to a number of images, therefore no obvious way to provide a mass delete option.

    Ronald suggest a viable way forward if all other edits for the set of images are the same or would be acceptable if they were exactly the same. I would add that creating a new variant of the images and adding the copied layers to those would probably be the best available approach.  It would provide some options for a quick reversion if things did not go well.

    Using variants as a way to try alternative edits and then be able to compare side by side without losing previous values could be a huge benefit as well.

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  • Class A

    @SFA

    There are fool-proof ways of identifying layers.

    The layers we are talking about are the result of copying one layer to many images. C1 could record a unique identifier for the original and all those copies.

    When it comes to deleting layers, exactly those sharing the same unique identifier with the to be deleted layer can be removed. C1 could issue a warning if a layer has been modified subsequent to copying as users may want to retain layers that are not exact clones of a source layer.

    The same applies to replacing layers when copying adjustments from one image to another. Currently, one can only add layers to a target image by copying adjustments. Having the ability to add layers is of course extremely welcome (and an improvement over the previous behaviour where target layers were always completed wiped out), but sometimes one just wants to replace an existing layer. A special case of layer replacement is when the source layer is exactly the same as the target layer, i.e., the point is not really to replace the target layer, but just avoid adding a duplicate.

    Again, an internal unique identifier could be used to determine which source layers need to replace which target layers. Obviously, users should be given the option whether a selected source layer is to be used for adding to a target image or replacing a layer in the target image. There could be a simply "do not duplicate" or "replace" tick box for each layer in the adjustment clipboard in order to allow users to select the desired behaviour.

    An alternative, more explicit/intuitive, scheme would be to enforce that each layer name is unique within the scope of one image. Then layer names could be used to identify target layers for deletion or replacement. Again, C1 could check that targeted layers are indeed identical (in terms of masks and adjustments) to the source layer and issue warnings accordingly.

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  • SFA

    @Class A

    Are you suggesting that some code to do as you describe already exists within Capture One?

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  • Class A

    @SFA

    No, I'm not making such a claim.

    I was responding to your statement "There is no full-proof way of identifying a layer..." which did not reference the current C1 implementation but appeared to make a categorical assertion.

    If you had made a reference to the current implementation, I still would have replied that it is possible to conceive of changes to the implementation that would support the feature request.

    Is it not to be expected that changes to the implementation are necessary to support a new feature request? I'm afraid I may not understand what you are after with your question.

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  • SFA

    @Class A

    Given that my full post discusses some potential approaches that might be considered for a future development (not intended as an exclusive list; rather just to outline some of the probable requirements for process workflow that would be desirable to make it work), I thought the first statement I made being clearly applicable to the current code was sufficient.

    However, I wondered if perhaps there was already some pre-planning for data fields and functionality that you were aware of and I was not.

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  • Josh Hotz

    With Edit All Selected Enabled, go to the tool you want zero out, i.e. layers - and hit the reset icon. 

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  • Class A

    @Josh Hotz
    Deleting a single layer is very different from deleting all layers.

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