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Adding a border to a photo

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  • TLM

    For those following this link, I received an email from Capture One Support you might find useful. Thank you again for taking the time to respond to my query... Tom

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    Hi Thomas,

    Thank you for reaching out.

    This is not something we offer as a baseline feature, but there are some tweaks available online that can help you do it in conjunction with Capture One.

    See here: https://danphotostudio.com/en/shop/bordo-bianco-con-capture-one-pro/
    and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo64wrPIJL0

    Best regards,
    Victor
    Capture One Support

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  • In the past days I've been thinking about borders, so I'm chiming in. I don't think that adding a border is "graphic purposes": it's a common operation that one performs when printing. In fact C1 does support borders (called "margins") through the "Print" menu; the problem is that, as other options of the print menu, this feature is missing from the export recipes. When one needs to print photos by means of a printing service export recipes are much more effective than the Print menu for many reasons. Resorting to Photoshop or such is meaningless since it is not practical for batch processing, that is when you have dozens or hundreds of photos to finalize.

    So I think it makes sense to ask for C1 to incorporate some features from the Print menu, such as borders, into export recipes.

    In the meantime the solution pointed by C1 support in the previous post of TLM makes sense, and € 20 is a reasonable price. The problem is that you only have a single "Open with" option, and if you need some other kind of external post-processing you can't.

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  • Robert Farhi

    Capture One is a developing software, with some extra settings, such as local adjustments. It is not a software for graphic purposes, as is Photoshop or other basic softwares you are thinking about.

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  • Martin Tolley

    But C1 does allow watermarks to be added to images, which surely have to be produced by pixel manipulation, so I can't see why borders can't be added. It also allows print exports to have different margins at output, which looks to me to require some internal knowledge about image size and total output dimension, so again a border looks theoretically possible to include.

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  • TLM

    Thank you for your thoughts, Martin. After more Google and YouTube searches, it appears that there are a couple ways to add a white or black border to Capture One 22. One involves adding an HTML-type script (which I have no understanding) and the other is to use an external application that an individual developed for adding borders. Given this, I'm going to use Photoscape X, a post-editing software product I purchased before moving to Capture One 22 Pro. It's another program to program added to the workflow, however, it provides the solution. Again, thank you and Robert for your thoughts.

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  • Keith R
    Top Commenter

    Am I correct that this $300 program does not have a quick way to add a white or black border "around" a photograph

    As Robert rightly points out, Capture One is a RAW converter, not a pixel editor.

    Please tell me how to do this or I may request a refund

    You think you're entitled to a refund because you assumed wrongly and tested poorly before buying?

    Riiiiiight...

    But C1 does allow watermarks to be added to images, which surely have to be produced by pixel manipulation,

    Nope. They're more akin to layering than pixel editing.

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  • TLM

    Never mind my stupid comment about a refund. I shouldn't have said that. I apologize. I found a solution and that's enough. I'm a consumer, not a pro, so when I evaluated Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop's photographer's software version and compared it with Capture One 22 Pro I thought I was comparing Apples to Apples. As you point out, Capture is a RAW converter that allows editing but lacks the functionality of a platform that has considered the final output, including borders. I consider this okay now... thanks again for your thoughts.

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  • SFA
    Top Commenter

    With reference to the video linked above,  for Windows users one might be able to find a similar application to open as part of the output file production process and use the Export process recipe to open it.

    Alternatively, and less sophisticated, I could foresee some potential for creating borders as graphics files and using them as watermarks on output, though one might need to work with some carefully defined output dimensions to make that work.

    On the other hand if the result is to be a file of some type, as it likely will be of course, then the print routine could be used specifying "Print to File" and using a standard print driver engine to generate the file and the C1 print process to create a border.

    Some suggestions for today as it seems unlikely that an internally generated solution will be appearing tomorrow.

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  • Gabriel Aszalos

    You can do this using export recipes, automator and imagemagick software. Let me know if you're interested and I can post a quick guide.

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  • TLM

    Thank you, Gabriel for your kind offer to assist me. After reading all of the comments related to my question I understand that C1P was designed for RAW conversion and editing and Photoshop is for print finalization. For printmaking, I will use additional software to complete the workflow.

    Best regards,
    Tom

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  • TLM

    I'm not a graphic designer, I'm a landscape photographer who wants to frame his photographs with a white or black border. This is hardly a graphics capability, in fact, it's so elementary it boggles my mind that Capture One 22 Pro which has been "developing" its software for 10 years hasn't added this basic functionality. No wonder Adobe is the number one photography editing platform, and by a long shot, I might add. I went with Capture as a means to support Fujifilm... clearly I made a mistake.

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