Color Editor

Saturation / Exposure / RGB-readouts / CMYK

The Color Editor enables you to select and adjust a narrow color range without affecting other colors in an image.

Introduction

Located under the Color Tool tab, the Color Editor is available in three modes: Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone with each mode accessed from the tabs in the tool. All three modes adopt an easy to use Color Picker tool, allowing you to target the color you want to correct. In addition, a 2-D color wheel provides visual feedback with confirmation of the chosen color and a narrow range of related colors.

Using sliders, all three modes allow editing of the selected colors within the HSL (Hue, Saturation and Lightness) color model. Hue (rotation) adjusts color, while Saturation determines the intensity, or purity of the hue. The Lightness slider alters the brightness of the selected color range. A fourth parameter, Smoothness, adjusts the transition between the selected color range and related colors, ensuring that colors get a natural look with smooth transitions between them.

Indicated by a wire frame, the selection, or slice, can be adjusted to make the color range more or less targeted, depending on the desired effect. Handles are incorporated for adjustment and the palette can be dragged away from the dock and expanded for even greater precision and control.

Created for standard editing tasks, the Color Editor’s Basic mode permits a maximum of up to only one color edit in each segment (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow). The Advanced mode provides a much more specialized tool, permitting up to 30 individual colors to be corrected per image. It also has more control over the color and saturation range.

Through the addition of Uniformity sliders, the Skin Tone mode offers more tools to even out, or homogenize, color, and is useful for correcting unwanted color variation, particularly when images have had strong global contrast and high saturation adjustments applied, or when simply correcting patchy skin tones or uneven application of make-up.

To prevent adjustment of similar colors elsewhere in the image, a local adjustment layer can be made using Capture One’s masking tool. Find out more information on Local Adjustments.

The Color Editor is available in three modes: Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone that are accessed from the tabs in the tool.

Adjust the color range (Basic)

Select the color range for adjustment using either the Color Picker tool or by clicking on the range, or slice, in the 2-D color wheel. Up to 6 individual color corrections can be made. Note you can select individual color ranges from the menu below the sliders instead, or choose the global (small, multi-colored wheel) option when wanting to adjust all the colors at once. After selecting the range, the color is adjusted using the sliders. The Saturation slider is created to adjust up to 80% in both directions.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Basic tab in the Color Editor tool.  
  3. Click on the Color Picker (see circled) and select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction. The targeted color range is displayed on the 2-D color wheel.
  4. Check mark View selected color range (see circled) to isolate the selected color range by automatically desaturating all other colors in the Viewer.
  5. The color wheel’s active selection is adjustable. Click and drag the two handles (located on the outer edge of the color slice) to narrow or widen the color range.
  6. Adjust the Smoothness slider as desired. The range of shading extending beyond the active perimeter of the selection denotes how smooth the transition will be between colors. The wider the range, the smoother the transition.
  7. Adjust the Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders as desired. The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer. The correction adjustment can also be assessed in the “before and after” panel swatches at the bottom of the dialog.

Select the color range for adjustment using either the Color Picker tool or by clicking on the range, or slice, in the 2-D color wheel.

Adjust individual colors (Advanced) Pro

The Advanced mode works in a similar way to that of the Basic mode, however, the color picker’s selection range is more targeted and up to 30 individual color range corrections may be made. This mode also offers greater control over the target selection. Note the selection is shown as the wire frame in the 2-D color wheel, along with direction arrows to guide adjustment.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker (see circled) to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction.
  4. Check mark View selected color range (see circled) range to automatically desaturate all non-selected colors in the Viewer and preview the color range to be adjusted. 
  5. Pull and push the outer handles to alter the selection range. Fine tune the hue pick point using the inner handle, if necessary.
  6. Adjust the chosen color individually using the Smoothness, Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders. The color will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer. The adjustment can also be assessed in the “before and after” panel swatches at the bottom of the dialog.
  7. Add more adjustments by making additional selections with the color picker or by pressing the (+) icon.
  8. To delete a color edit, first highlight the selection in the list and press the (-) icon. 
  9. To view the effect of an individual edit, highlight the selection in the list and then toggle the check mark on and off.

The Advanced mode works in a similar way to that of the Basic mode, however, the color picker’s selection range is more targeted

Adjust all but one color Pro

The Color Editor's Advanced mode can be used to adjust all of the colors in the image except one, using the Invert Slice option. This can be useful when, for example, you want to preserve skin tones and need to adjust the color of everything else in the image.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction.
  4. Check mark View Selected Color range to automatically desaturate all the other colors in the Viewer.
  5. Pull and push the border handles to alter the adjustable area.
  6. Adjust the Smoothness slider.
  7. Press the Invert Slice icon. (See circled). 
  8. Adjust the chosen color(s) using the Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders. The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer.
  9. Add more adjustments by pressing the + icon.

The Color Editor's Advanced mode can be used to adjust all of the colors in the image except one

Save color scheme as ICC profile Pro

You can use the Color Editor tool to create custom ICC profiles for any camera model, and they can be applied to future editing sessions, like presets. ICC profiles created in Capture One can also be transferred to third party applications. This ensures consistent color as the new profile can be adopted throughout the entire workflow.

  1. Adjust all colors, as desired. 
  2. Press the presets icon and choose Save as ICC Profile...
  3. Name the new ICC profile. The new ICC profile is now stored in the Profiles folder.
  4. Add the new ICC profile to other images from the Base Characteristics tool in the ICC Profile drop down menu. The ICC profile is found in the Other section.

You can use the Color Editor tool to create custom ICC profiles for any camera model, and they can be applied to future editing sessions, like presets

Save color scheme as preset

Color edits made with the Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone modes can be saved as a preset and applied to other images.

  1. Adjust all colors, as desired.
  2. Press the Manage Presets icon and choose Save User Preset... from the menu.
  3. Check mark the desired preset adjustments and press Save
  4. Name the new Color Preset profile. The new Color Preset is now stored in the Color Editor folder based in the Capture One Presets folder.
  5. Access and apply the new Color Preset to other images from the Manage Presets menu. (The new Color Preset can be found under the User Presets heading).

Color edits made with the Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone modes can be saved as a preset and applied to other images.

Adjusting skin tones Pro

Like the Basic and Advanced modes, the Color Editor's Skin Tone mode is both intuitive and easy to use. It is also extremely powerful and can be used to make skin tones look brighter, natural and more pleasing but it can also be used to balance patchy areas of skin or the uneven application of make-up.

While the HSL amount sliders in the Skin Tone mode can be used in the same way as the other Color Editor tools, its real power lies in the uniformity sliders. However, the concept behind the uniformity tool works slightly differently to the other modes.

As with the Basic and Advanced color editor workflow, the color to be corrected must be defined to base the adjustments on. Unlike the usual workflow, however, you should aim to pick the color you wish to keep and expand the range using the wire frame to include hues which appear to be unwanted (e.g., for Caucasian skin, pick a neutral tone, and expand the range to the reds and yellows).

The uniformity tool uses this color pick in the hue selection as a reference. As the sliders are moved to the right, the colors in the range encompassed by the wire frame are adjusted towards the reference point, creating a more uniform color. A rough local adjustment mask on the skin tone area can be used to prevent the uniformity adjustment from affecting other areas of the image with the same color.

In addition to the 2-D color wheel’s built-in Hue slider, Saturation and Lightness sliders, located left and right respectively, can be used to fine tune the reference point (e.g., to warm, or to cool down, the skin tone). Note that the hue and saturation range automatically adjust to compensate for the repositioning of the respective reference point.

Note also that while the Skin Tone mode has been optimized for skin tones, it can be used for editing any color.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Skin Tone tab in the Color Editor tool.    
  3. Use the Color Picker to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction. (It may help by enlarging an area of the face/skin to a 100% image view). 
  4. Adjust the Smoothness slider as necessary. Adjustment ensures that selectively changed colors get a natural look with smooth transitions.
  5. Refine the color range selection in the 2-D color wheel by clicking and dragging the individual components of the wire frame. A smaller selection range is more targeted, however working in larger areas of color will avoid giving an image an unnatural appearance. Note when removed from the dock the Color Editor is scalable for improved precision.
  6. Refine the color pick, or reference point, using the 2-D color wheel’s Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders, if necessary. Note the wheel’s Hue slider is built-in and adjusted using the center handle.
  7. Adjust the chosen color(s) using the Hue, Saturation, Lightness Amount and Uniformity sliders. Dragging the Uniformity sliders to the right adjusts the Hue, Saturation and Lightness in the selection range closer to that of the picked color. The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer.

The Color Editor's Skin Tone mode is both intuitive and easy to use

Changing the color wheel layout

Capture One’s color wheels used in the Color Editor tool can be displayed with the chroma hue reference phase rotated 90-degrees to imitate a Vectorscope layout, as found on high-end video-editing software. Experience with this layout, with red near to the top, should be of benefit to anyone working with video-editing software.

  1. Go to Capture One > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows). The Preferences dialog box opens.
  2. Click on the Color tool tab.
  3. Go to Color Wheels section and select the layout from the two options. Red to the right is the default. Red close to the top imitates a a typical Vectorscope layout. The selection is made without the need to restart Capture One.
  4. To return to the default selection, repeat from step 1.

Go to Color Wheels and select the layout from the two options. The selection is made without the need to restart Capture One.