Crop Tool

Crop / Rotation

The Crop tool enables freehand and fixed ratio crop options. It is even possible to crop outside the image area.

Introduction

With the introduction of Capture One 10, the Crop tool was moved. It is now located in the Lens Tool Tab, however, a shortcut remains in the Cursor Tool Bar. Images can be cropped using an unconstrained or fixed ratio. To apply the crop after selection, simply switch to another cursor tool, such as the Pan or Select tool. Click the Reset adjustments button to revert to the un-cropped image.

Holding the shift key while applying a crop will ignore any previous crop. Placing the cursor close to the corner of the crop allows you to rotate the image while cropping, making it easier to compose your images.

With the introduction of Capture One 10, the Crop tool was moved. It is now located in the Lens Tool Tab

Crop an image

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab, or long-press the crop tool in the Cursor Tool Bar.
  2. From the drop down menu, select the aspect ratio required or use the Unconstrained ratio, as desired. Note, the Original option maintains the aspect ratio of the initial capture.
  3. Drag a crop frame in the Viewer. Depending on your preference settings there will be a semi-transparent mask over the area that is being cropped.
  4. The orange numbers on the sides indicate the size of the cropped image.
  5. To see the applied crop in its final form, select another cursor tool.

From the drop down menu, select the aspect ratio required or use the Unconstrained ratio, as desired.

Add a custom aspect ratio

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab, or long-press the crop tool in the Cursor Tool Bar.
  2. Choose Add Aspect Ratio from the Ratio drop down menu.
  3. Add a name and the ratio dimensions needed in the dialog box.
  4. Press OK. The new ratio will appear in the Ratio drop down menu.






Choose Add Aspect Ratio from the Ratio drop down menu.

Copy and apply a crop to one or more images

  1. Select the image that you want to copy the adjustment from in the browser. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border).
  2. Now select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the adjustment to. (The thumbnail(s) will have a thin white border in the browser).
  3. Make sure the Edit All Selected Variants is selected in the toolbar, or from the Edit menu.  
  4. Press the small double-ended arrow icon (see circled). A dialog box will appear.
  5. Press Apply at the bottom of the dialog box. The adjustment will be applied to the selected images.

Press the small double-ended arrow icon (see circled). A dialog box will appear.

Crop outside the image area

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab.
  2. In the Crop tool, check mark the Crop Outside Image option.
  3. Now it is possible to adjust the crop area outside the image area.
  4. When another tool is selected the new crop is shown in the Viewer.

Now it is possible to adjust the crop area outside the image area

Grids and Guides

As an aid to composition, multiple grids and guides can be displayed when cropping but they are also available on demand at other times. Be sure the settings have been applied in the Preferences (Crop) pane first: grids and guides may be displayed upon dragging only when cropping, or displayed permanently after the Show Grid and Guides option is selected from the main menu. Note, grids and guides can be selected independently in the Preferences pane.

As an aid to composition, multiple grids and guides can be displayed when cropping but they are also available on demand at other times.

Add a grid or guide

  1. Make sure the relevant settings for the Grid (During Drag Only, or When Grids and Guides On) are applied first in the Preferences (Crop) pane. Any number up to 59 equally spaced vertical and horizontal lines can be chosen.
  2. If guide lines are required when cropping, select that option from the same Preferences pane, or simply select View > Show Grid and Guides from the main menu.
  3. Whenever guides are needed after cropping, or for composition at other times, select View>Show Grid and Guides from the main menu. Note, the grid may be used instead, if a fixed pattern is required.
  4. Multiple guides may be added from the main menu, select View>Add Guide. Guides may be dragged into position using either the Pan (h) or Select (v) cursor tools. To prevent accidental movement of the guide, select View>Lock Guide from the main menu.
  5. If all of the guides displayed are no longer required, select View>Clear Guides, or if a single guide line needs removing, click and drag the line parallel to the edge of the frame.
  6. To remove a guide (or a grid) temporarily, select View>Hide Grid and Guides from the main menu. Select the Show Grids and Guides option to restore them.

To remove a guide (or a grid) temporarily, select View>Hide Grid and Guides from the main menu.

Workflow basics

  • Adjust a crop by dragging the edges of the preview inwards (the cursor will turn into a two-way arrow) until the desired crop has been achieved.
  • Click within the crop boundary (where the cursor will turn into a cross) and drag the selection to move the entire selected cropped area.
  • Rotate the crop to suit by grabbing just outside the corners of the crop frame (the cursor will change to a curved arrow). 
  • The original image with the cropping mask is shown in the thumbnails.
  • Reselect the Crop tool at any time to readjust the crop settings.
  • The crop masking can be changed in Preferences. Go to Capture One>Preferences and select the Crop option to change the opacity and brightness of the mask being used.
  • Click the Reset Crop adjustments button to undo a crop and revert to the original un-cropped image.

Adjust a crop by dragging the edges of the preview inwards (the cursor will turn into a two-way arrow) until the desired crop has been achieved.