03 Create more Variants
Here, I’ve gone back to the original image and cloned a new Variant – cloning is useful if you’ve already applied adjustments, such as distortion correction, which you want all your Variants to share.
04 Stacking Styles
If you take a closer look at the drop-down Styles menu, you’ll see there’s a Stack Styles option that’s enabled by default. This means that you can keep applying new Styles to the same Variant, and they’re applied on top of each other to create a cumulative effect – you can see the Styles I’ve applied to this image in the menu, directly below.
If you don’t want this to happen, de-select the Stack Styles option. From now on, any new Style you apply will override the previous one.
05 Capture One’s stacking system
As you add new Variants, you’ll see they are added to a ‘stack’ in the Browser window. Each Variant has a number in the top right corner, the the first image in the stack has a stacking icon in the top left of its thumbnail. If you click this, the stack collapses so that you just see the top image – click it again to expand the stack.
If you select all the images in the stack, you’ll be able to compare them side-by-side in the Viewer window.
Capture One’s stacking system is a great way to keep related images together. You can also combine images in stacks manually, which is really useful for continuous shooting sequences, for example, or a number of variations on the same basic shot.