14 October 2011

Loading a Picture Style into your Canon DSLR

If you want to load a custom Picture Style into your SLR and use it for movie mode (such as Technicolor's CineStyle), it seems Canon's EOS Utility has a funny way of doing things.

To save anyone the hassle of finding out by trial and error, or perhaps trying to decipher convoluted forum threads, the process is as follows:
  1. Connect the camera to your computer via USB, start up EOS Utility (version 2.6 or later).
  2. Switch the camera's mode dial to a still picture mode, such as M.
  3. In EOS Utility's side panel, click the camera button to show the Shooting Menu. Click Register User Defined style.
  4. Choose one of the User Def tabs at the top, then click the Open File button. Choose the picture style file. The picture style is now on the camera.
  5. Switch the camera's mode dial to movie mode, click Register User Defined style again, then you will find your new picture style is in the drop-down list.

You can upload picture styles whilst in a stills mode.

Once the picture style is uploaded, it can be chosen in movie mode.

For some reason, movie mode won't allow you to upload the picture style file, this has to be done in a stills shooting mode. The picture style then becomes available in movie mode and you can assign it to a user defined setting.


  1. Thanks mate, much appreciated! :)

  2. Very helpful! (And, if you do not mind, I quoted this post when someone else had the same problem) =]

  3. HI
    I installed CineStyle on the 3 def. Users profiles file thru M mode to camera.
    Now when I go M mode I can see the cinestyle isntalled on all 3 profiles.
    But when I go to shooting mode I see User1. Potrait User2.Standard User3. Standard.
    That means it's installed and ready to use on shooting mode as well.

  4. Hi! Thanks for this info. Does this work for 60d's? I am having problems from step #5. The user defined style cannot be highlighted, clicked on or changed. I have EOS utility vs. 2.9. Any ideas? Thanks!

    1. It should be the same process for the 60D. It's been a long while since I've done this, but I vaguely remember having this problem. In my case I think I had the camera in the wrong shooting mode. If you still have problems at step 5 I can only suggest try switching the shooting mode back and forth or restarting the camera to see if that solves it.