The Viewer

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The Viewer displays a large preview of one image or a number of selected images.

Introduction to the Viewer

The Viewer is a fundamental element of the Capture One user interface. The Viewer window enables users to view image files and check the effect of any adjustments that have been made. It is also easy to make image comparisons. Up to 12 different images can be selected and seen in the Viewer at one time, making it effortless to compare images side-by-side. By adopting a View mode button, the Viewer enables you to view a single image or multiple images simply by toggling between them. It is an ideal way to assess a large number of images in a short space of time.

The Viewer Modes

The Viewer has three primary viewing modes: Multi view (default), Primary view and display Proof Margin. These modes are accessed from the View menu or by toggling the view mode buttons located in the top-left corner of the Viewer.

Switching between muiltple images and a single image

The Multi View mode enables up to 12 images to be simultaneously displayed in the Viewer. The displayed images are selected from the thumbnails in the Browser. However, when you want to switch to view just the primary variant (i.e, the currently selected image with the thick border) in the Viewer, you simply select the Primary View mode. This saves having to deselect all the images in the Browser just to reselect one. Note, when only one image is selected in the Browser, only one image will be displayed in the Viewer, regardless of the mode set. Therefore, for most types of workflow in Capture One, the Multi View mode option can be left selected.

  1. From the View menu, select Customize Viewer > Multi View Mode, or go to the Viewer's tool bar, and click-on the View mode ( icon). When the Multi View mode is enabled, the View mode icon is orange colored. Up to 12 images can be displayed simultaneously in the Viewer, provided they're selected in the Browser. (Note, when more than 12 are selected, only 11 will be displayed.)
  2. To display the primary variant from a group selected in the Browser, select the Multi View mode ( icon). The Multi View mode is disabled, the icon changes to a silver-gray color, and the Primary View mode is enabled.
  3. A single image (i.e., the primary variant) will be displayed.
  4. To choose another from the group, select it in the Browser.


Selecting Proof Margin

The Proof Margin mode enables users to toggle between two different Viewer margin settings. The margin is the distance between the edge of your image and the frame of the Viewer. The Proof Margin option can be used to adjust the distance between multiple images in conjunction with the Multi View mode, or when an single image is displayed, it can be used to view a single image with a print margin. This is especially useful when the Viewer has a white background. These settings are altered from the Preferences window.

  1. From the main menu, Capture One > Preferences... (Edit > Preferences... on Windows). The Preferences window opens.
  2. Go to the Appearance tab, under Viewer, and adjust the Margin slider from 3px (default) up to 40px, while observing the effect in the Viewer. 
  3. The Proof Margin can also be adjusted using the slider from 0 to 100 pixels. (The default is 25px). Note Proof Margin must be enabled first (i.e., the frame icon is orange).
  4. To view an image with a white background. Return to the Viewer panel in the Appearance tab, and from the Color drop-down menu, select White.

Selecting and viewing multiple images

To display more than one image at a time in the viewer, ensure the Multi View option () icon is selected. For most workflows the Multi View option can be left selected. Up to 12 images can be displayed in the Viewer. 

  1. There are a number of ways to select multiple thumbnails, choose from the following:
    • Click on a single thumbnail, press the shift key, then click on another thumbnail. All the thumbnails in between will also be selected.
    • Click on a single thumbnail, press Cmd/Ctrl (Mac/Windows), and click on another thumbnail. Only the selected thumbnails will be displayed in the Viewer.
    • Go to Select > Select All to select all the thumbnails in the Browser. Alternatively, press Cmd-A/Ctrl+A (Mac/Windows).
  2. To deselect the active thumbnails, simply click between them in the Browser. Alternatively, go to Select > Deselect All or press Shift-Cmd-A/Ctrl+Shift+A (Mac/Windows). 

RGB, Lightness, Exposure and rating information

The Viewer has a number of features to aid photographers in postproduction. These include RGB values that are displayed in the center of the Viewer toolbar. (See circled). Note, Capture One Pro can also display, CMYK, or LAB readout values.

The bottom left corner of the Viewer displays camera data that includes the exposure settings (ISO, shutter and f-stop) as well as the focal length of the camera lens used to capture the image.

The bottom right corner displays the color tag and star rating applied to the image. Click on the box or star icons to alter the rating or tag. Find out more about star ratings and color tags here.

Zooming multiple images simultaneously

When you have more than one image in the Viewer, you can zoom all images simultaneously by holding down the Shift key and dragging the zoom slider (in the top right corner of the Viewer) or by scrolling the mouse wheel.

Viewing videos

Video files are displayed with a movie camera icon (center of the thumbnail) in the Browser. Once the thumbnail has been selected, it is possible to play the video in the Viewer. By moving your mouse cursor over the movie file (in the Viewer) a control panel will appear.

You can view videos in full screen or add movies to a slideshow. Please note that it is only possible to play videos in this software as Capture One provides no video editing capabilities. If you don’t want to see videos appearing in the Browser, select View>Global filters>Always Hide Movie Files.