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Fuji Film Simulations For Capture One Pro

Don FitzsimmonsDon Fitzsimmons

Here's something I want to write about but haven't yet: I switched from Lightroom to Capture One Pro. Capture One Pro is so much better in so many ways, but I'm not going to get into that now. That's a future post.

What I want to share with you right now, should you also become enamored with Capture One Pro, is that fact that you can get all of your favorite Fuji film simulations and they're awesome. These simulations are truly well done. I'd go so far as to say they're better then the Adobe simulations in Lightroom. Yeah, for real.

They aren't hard to install, but you'll need some technical chops and the ability to follow directions. I discovered these presets in a Fuji forum. There's a lot of discussion about the topic and it can be confusing to follow. Not to worry, I'm here to help.

This forum reply summed up the steps to get the simulations working. I take no credit for these color profiles, or the instructions. It's all thanks to the kind folks on that forum, but I will do my best to supplement that discussion with some handy screen shots.

First thing to note, these film simulations come in the for of ICC profiles. If you don't know what that means, don't sweat it. Anyway, the first thing you need to do is...

Download the ICC Profiles

This is one of those things where you don't really know how long these profiles will be available because they're in someone's dropbox account. Hopefully by the time you read this, they'll still be there. Get the files here.

Oh, wait, before you do that, if you're shooting with the new 24 megapixel sensor, you only need to download the files that have (XPro-2) in the name (for example: FujiXT1-4. Classic Chrome XPro-2).icc), otherwise, download the ones without the (XPro-2) in the name for the 16 megapixel sensor. And don't be thrown off by the fact that the files appear to be for an XT-1 because they work with all of the Fuji sensors. We'll get to that.

Copy the Files

Now you just need to copy the files to the proper Capture One Pro folder. On a Mac, it'll be: Users/yourusername/Library/Colorsync/Profiles
On a Windows, it'll be: Users/yourusername/AppData/CaptureOne/Color Profiles

Just copy the files over.

Select and Apply

Now, fire up Capture One Pro. Find an image that you shot with your Fuji camera. In my case, I use the Fuji X100F so I picked a random photo I recently shot with it. Once you have a photo selected, got to Base Characteristics under the color tab, the one that looks like this:

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And you want to choose one of the profiles you downloaded from the dropdown. Important note: Capture One might appear to freeze up when you first select these profiles (you'll get the spinning beach ball on the Mac). Don't freak out, just wait for it to complete because it's normal and only does this first time you use the profile (I don't know why). That panel you're after looks like this:

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Notice mine says Fujifilm FinePix X100F Classic Chrome. Yours won't. You'll have to click that dropdown and find the XT-1 in the list (under Fuji > XT-1), hover over the little arrow and then you'll see the profiles for the XT-1 that you previously downloaded and copied. Select one of them and you'll see the profile applied to your image (again, it might take a minute the first time).

Advanced Color Editor

The next thing you'll need to do is open the Advanced Color Editor. Where the hell is that? It took me a few minutes to figure it out. While still on the color tab, scroll way down and you should see the Color Editor pane. It might be collapsed so expand it. Then click on the Save ICC Profile as you can see below:

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That's going to pop open a dialog where you can name your profile. This allows you to apply this profile to your specific camera. In my case, Capture One Pro already filled out the first part with my camera model. I just had to add the name of the profile after the hyphen. That looks like this:

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Because I used the Classic Chrome simulation (when I selected it from the XT-1 in the dropdown in the previous step) I named this profile Classic Chrome after the hyphen, like so:

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You can name it whatever you want, but it's best to just use the name of the film simulation to be clear. You have to repeat these steps for every film simulation. It's a pain in the ass but once you have them all, Capture One Pro will recognize the camera that shot an image and suggest the profiles at the top level of the ICC profile menu when you're done. So you won't have to dig through that menu every time you want to apply a profile. That looks like this:

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What Next?

If you have multiple Fuji cameras, you'll want to repeat these steps for each of them and once your done, you can go back to the Color Profile folder where you copied the original files and delete them if you want. Now, when you're editing an image in Capture One Pro and you want a Fuji Film simulation, you just go to the Base Characteristics and select the profile for your camera right there at the top of the dropdown list.

Pretty nice!

I'm a software developer and photography enthusiast. I'm into street and documentary photography mostly. I'm also a co-founder of Gear Offer: http://gearoffer.com

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