Tools Appendix

This section describes the tools in Capture One and links from the application "?" tips in each tool. Click the Tool Name for more information

Adjustments Clipboard

The Adjustments clipboard controls how adjustments are transferred when copying and pasting adjustments between images.

Base Characteristics

The starting point for RAW conversion. Use this tool to set the color profile and contrast curve for a RAW file.


Batch controls the order of queued images waiting to be processed.

Black and White

Black and White tool allows you to adjust images without color data. All channels are grey scaled and the sliders allow you to adjust the luminance of the RGB and CMY hues to create contrast - much like Black and White film photography with filters.


Control the tethered camera attached to the computer. Set Aperture, Shutter, ISO and other properties from the Capture One interface.

Camera Settings

Any property sent by the camera will show in the Camera Settings list. Edit almost any camera setting from this list for quick and easy access to the Camera's hidden custom functions.

Capture Pilot

Capture Pilot allows remote review and rating of any collection via an Apple iPad or iPhone running the Capture Pilot app. Alternatively, web mode can be used to rate images using any browser enabled device (e.g. Android).

Camera Focus

This tool allows the user to adjust focus of the attached tethered Camera from the computer interface.


Clarity can add punch to other wise dull images. Choose from one of four methods to instantly add extra vibrancy to your pictures. Used negatively, it can reduce contrast for softer skin.

Color Balance

Color balance alters the color and luminance in Shadow, mid-tones and Highlights for creative looks.

Color Editor

Color editor interfaces with the camera ICC profile to subtly adjust colors in the target image. Options for this tool include export ICC profile and mask from color pick.


Crop an image to an alternative ratio to that Captured. Crop outside image allows vacant areas to be included in the image bounds e.g. when using Keystone.


Adjust the tonality of an image by altering the tone curve. Adjustments are available for RGB composite, R,G and B individually or for luminance.


Exposure tool can be used to correct Exposure error by up to 4 stops +/- from that taken. A roll off in the highlights protects against blown highlight detail when correcting under exposure.

Exposure Evaluation

A fixed histogram of the RAW data with curve applied (as set in the Base Characteristics tool). The meter underneath gives rough guideline as to "good exposure" based on histogram spread and end points.

External Editing

Using either the Edit With… or Open With… commands available from the main menu, or the contextual menu (ctrl-click/right-click Mac/Windows), you can open the image in third-party external editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Choose the Edit With… option when you want Capture One to process and export the image as a TIFF (or JPEG) for additional editing, or choose Open With… when working with a previously processed TIFF (or JPEG) file.

Film Grain

A statistical model used to replicate film grains. Choose a grain type in combination with the impact (contrast) and granularity (size of grain) sliders to create a film grain effect.


Enable a filter with the radio buttons to reduce the visible images in the collection by almost any property. More properties can be added from the contextual menu in the tool bar.


Used in combination with the "pick focus" tool tip, this is a small swatch rendered at 100% in the final output quality. It is used to check quickly key points of interest in an image for focus confirmation, without rendering the whole file.

High Dynamic Range

Improve the dynamic range of the image by using either highlight or Shadow recovery to recover details otherwise lost at the point of Capture. Best used individually to preserve a natural image, they can be used together for HDR imagery.


A "final decision" distribution of tonal data (after color space conversion to the profile set in the recipe). Effectively this is what is Exported.


The import tool consists of several smaller tools which control how photos are ingested into the application.


The Keystone tool allows a four-way adjustment to correct images with converging vertices or skewed center.


Singular terms used to describe the content of an image. Words can also be hierarchical (words about words). Keywords form part of image meta data.

Keyword Library

Controls the list or lists of keywords in the document. Lists can be exported, imported, merged and edited.


Lens cast calibration used to remove fall off and color cast in an image. The tool requires a calibration file which is generated by taking a second image of the scene, but with a perspex tile over the lens.

Lens Correction

By selecting the appropriate lens model, distortion and chromatic aberration can be removed from images: improving accuracy and sharpness.


Used to correct tonal values in an image. Contrast, gamma and output intensity are all controlled using the handles top and bottom of the tool.


The library tool gives access to file system and organizational elements of your work. The options available will depend on the document type (Session or Catalog).

Live View Controls

Control gain, quality and focus position during live view operation.

Live View Focus Meter

Drop focus-panels on to the live view feed to get a contrast feedback for the area in the panel.

Live View Info

Orientation info for Phase One backs.

Live View Navigator

A thumbnail of the image with a box depicting the current zoom level. It is used to aid navigation when zoomed in during live view.

Live View Overlay

Supports PNG, PDF and other image formats as an overlay bed for testing layout (e.g., a magazine cover).

Local Adjustments

Mask areas of an image and then apply standard adjustments to only the masked area. Tools that work locally are denoted with a small brush in the corner of the tool tab.


Add terms, copyright information and view read only EXIF data. Data can also be synced to XMP sidecar format.


Digital capture of geometric patterns or texture (like fabrics) can often result in odd patterns in the image file. Use the moire tool to suppress the patterning by adjusting amount and pattern in equal amounts until the patterning is removed. Best used in conjunction with local adjustments.


A thumbnail of the image with a box depicting the current zoom level. It is used to aid navigation when zoomed in.

Next Capture Adjustments

Determines how adjustments are applied in a tethered workflow.

Next Capture Location

Used to set the destination folder in a tethered workflow. Session users can also choose a folder in the Library and "set as Capture" from the file menu or right click menu.

Next Capture Naming

Set the name structure for images in a tethered workflow. Name structure is derived from Tokens.

Noise Reduction

Sliders for suppressing luma, color and single pixel noise.

Output Location

Set the location for processing destination. Session users can also choose a folder in the Library and "set as Output" from the file menu or right click menu.

Output Naming

Changes the naming for the output file. Default is the name of the parent RAW file. Uses Tokens for name structure.


Supports PNG, PDF and other image formats that support a transparent background as an overlay bed for testing layout (e.g., a magazine cover). Drag drop the file to the overlay window for compositing workflow.

Print - Printer

Choose a printer and color management options.

Print - Units and guides

Unit and guide options for the print dialogs

Print - Template

Choose saved layout options.

Print - Margin

Set the margin size around the image.

Print - Layout

Set the cell size, columns, rows, and padding for contact sheets.

Print - Image Settings

Set fill options for the set paper size.

Print - Annotation

Set the text under each image in the contact sheet.

Print - Watermark

Set an overlay in the print.

Process Recipe

Configures the file type, resolution and color space for output for the chosen Recipe.

Process Recipes

User defined output presets. Each recipe can derive a file type, resolution, color space and destination for the processed file.

Process Summary

Gives a preview of the Recipe configuration. Any red elements here indicate something is wrong with the recipe.

Purple Fringing

Typically high contrast scenes shot with wide open aperture can exhibit purple halos around edges of contrast. Use this slider to dial in the suppression and remove the unwanted fringing.

Rotation And Flip

Orientation sets the image in 90 degree increments either left or right. Rotation sets the remainder between those increments. Flip allows the variant to be mirrored either horizontally or vertically (useful for compositing).


Adjusts the contrast of edges in an image to improve acuity. Amount sets the contrast in an edge, Radius determines the width of that edge and Threshold sets the minimum contrast between pixels before applying the amount.

Spot Removal

Define the blemish - dust or spot - and apply the circular cursor to remove it from an image.

Styles and presets

Saved elements for tools. Presets are saved on a tool-by-tool basis, whereas a style is combination of tool presets.


A creative option for fall off (positive or negative). Follows the crop bounds.

Web Contact Sheet - Images

Create an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

Web Contact Sheet - Layout

Create an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

Web Contact Sheet - Output

Create an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

Web Contact Sheet - Text

Add a Title, Description, Copyright Info and a Web Link to the Web Gallery.

White Balance

Sets a point in the image as neutral to which all other color is based. For best results, take an image with an 18% grey card in the scene, and balance from the patch.