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.

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Copy adjustments made with a tool to the Clipboard and apply to one or more images

Annotations Tool

The Annotations tool enables you to superimpose sketches and scribble some instructions on images, as a guide to retouching.

View more information related to the Annotations tool.

Capture One Pro features an Annotations tool. It consists of a simple brush or pen-type tool to make line drawings or sketches as a visual aid for retouchers.

Auto Crop

The Auto Crop tool enables automated cropping of images of flat materials, bound documents or roll film, either on capture or with an existing image. It is only available in Capture One Cultural Heritage.

View more information related to the Auto Crop tool

Base Characteristics

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

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If you are using Capture One Cultural Heritage, the Base Characteristics tool have an additional Mode drop-down menu and specialized Cultural Heritage ICC Profiles. Read more about these here.

Capture One automatically selects the recommended default ICC color profile and appropriate Tone Curve setting for all image files from recognized camera models.

Batch Processing Tool

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

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A batch of files can be changed and reordered. Simply drag and drop files to the desired order during processing

Black and White Tool

The 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.

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Adjust black and white tones in a color image file

Camera Tool

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

View more information related to the Camera control tool.

When a supported camera is connected, the Camera tool allows you to make a number of adjustments to the camera’s settings.

Camera Settings Tool

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.

View more information related to the Camera Settings tool.

When a supported camera is connected, the Camera Settings tool allows you to make a number of adjustments to the camera’s settings.

Capture Pilot Tool

The Capture Pilot tool 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).

View more information related to Capture Pilot.

Using WiFi, the iOS app interacts remotely with Capture One Pro using the dedicated Capture Pilot tool, located by default at the bottom of the Capture Tool Tab.

Camera Focus

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

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Note that Camera Focus tool in Capture One CH offers a specialized PPI Assist feature that will let you specify a target resolution after which the iXG camera will calculate how much it needs to be moved on the copy stand to achieve it. Read about the PPI Assist feature here.

In Capture One’s Live View window, the Camera Focus tool allows autofocus and powered focus control with the Phase One XF system camera and certain supported Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

Capture Resolution Ruler

The Capture Resolution Ruler can be used to confirm the resolution of images after capture, as well as when performing test shots using the composition mode. It is only available in Capture One Cultural Heritage.

View more information related to the Capture Resolution Ruler tool.

Clarity Tool

Clarity can add punch to otherwise 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.

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The Clarity tool consists of two sliders that can be used to add or remove what is termed collectively as local contrast in images, and is particularly useful for making contrast corrections after using the High Dynamic Range tool.

Color Balance Tool

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

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Setting the color balance in the shadows, mid-tones and highlights can be achieved using either the individual color wheels in the 3-Way tool

Color Editor Tool

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.

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

Copy Stand

The Copy Stand tool can be used to automatically move the camera cart on a connected copy stand until a chosen target resolution is obtained.

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Crop Tool

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 correction).

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

Curve Tool

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.

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The Curve adjustment tool is one of the most powerful tools in Capture One. It is used to remap the tonal range of the original image values (represented by the horizontal axis) to the new, modified values (represented by the vertical axis of the graph).

Exposure Tool

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

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Adjust contrast, brightness and saturation

Exposure Evaluation

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

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Exposure Evaluation (in the Capture Tool Tab) displays a histogram of the latest captured raw file

External Editing

Choose the Edit With… option when you want Capture One to process and export a RAW file as a TIFF (or JPEG) for additional editing in third-party software, or choose Open With… when working with a previously processed TIFF (or JPEG) file.

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When you need to make specific image modifications you can set an external editor, or plug-ins that are available as standalone applications, for Capture One to use.

Film Grain Tool

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.

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The new Grain tool may be used to alter the image aesthetic by adding a realistic interpretation of film grain to digital images.

Filters

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.

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Add more filters to help refine your image search

Focus Tool

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

View more information related to Focus Checking.

In addition to the more general purpose nature of the Loupe, Capture One has a Focus tool with a separate viewer and dedicated cursor called the Pick Focus Point (sometimes known as the Focus Pick) specifically for checking focus accuracy.

High Dynamic Range Tool

Improve the dynamic range of the image by using either Highlight or Shadow sliders to recover detail from RAW files. Best used individually to preserve a natural image, they can be used together for HDR imagery.

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In the High Dynamic Range tool, use the Shadow slider to lighten dark areas and the Highlight slider to darken and recover bright and over-exposed areas.

Histogram

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

View more information related to the Histogram.

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

Importer Tool

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

View more information related to the Importer in Sessions, or when working in a Catalog.

Capture One’s importer dialog allows you to import all the images from a memory card, connected camera, flash disk or portable external drive, or you can import selected images instead.

Keystone Tool

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

View more information related to the Keystone tool.

Apply keystone correction manually

Keywords Tool

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.

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Select the Keywords tool and enter hierarchical keywords in the Enter Keywords… field, dividing the keywords using pipe (|) or greater than (>) as separators.

Keyword Library Tool

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

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Click on the (+) icon next to the desired list to add a keyword

Layers Tool

Mask areas of an image and then apply standard adjustments to only the masked area. Tools that work locally are indicated by a small brush in the corner of the tool’s title-bar.

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The Heal and Clone tools look similar initially. Both copy pixels from another part of the same image, however there are some subtle yet important differences between the way the two work.

LCC (Lens Cast Calibration) Tool

Lens Cast Calibration is 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.

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When left to the default settings, the LCC tool can remove color casts, correct illumination fall-off and map sensor dust.

Lens Correction Tool

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

View more information related to Lens Correction.

When the lens model has not been detected, follow the steps below to locate the profile manually or to select a profile for a similar lens.

Levels Tool

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.

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In the Levels tool, use the Auto (A) function or adjust by pulling the low/mid/highlight point

Library 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).

View more information related to the Library tool.

Album folders are virtual collections that offer an easy way to organize images from different folders for Catalogs and Sessions

Live View Controls

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

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Live View is created to work in a studio environment and is fully integrated into Capture One Pro.

Live View Focus Meter

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

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The Focus Meter tool can be used to achieve optimal focus when manually focusing with the Phase One XF/645DF+ cameras in-combination with IQ3/2 series backs.

Live View Info

Orientation info for Phase One backs.

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(See Hand Cursor Tool, Zoom Cursor Tool and White Balance Cursor Tool icons circled from left to right).

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.

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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 Tool

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

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Insert a draft file into the Overlay window by pressing the browse icon to select a relevant file or simply drag and drop a file into the specified area.

Metadata Tool

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

View more information related to Metadata.

Activate or deselect auto sync sidecar XMP

Moiré Tool

Digital capture of geometric patterns or texture (like fabrics) can often result in odd patterns in the image file. Use the Moiré 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.

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When working with the Moiré tool, check areas that naturally have narrow stripes or a stripe-like pattern; if these have disappeared gradually turn down the Amount and Pattern and re-check the original Moiré issue.

Navigator Tool

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

View more information related to the Navigator.

Located in Details Tool Tab, the Navigator tool displays a thumbnail of the selected image along with a white rectangular frame that depicts the current zoom level in the main Viewer.

Next Capture Adjustments Tool

Determines how adjustments are applied in a tethered workflow.

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The option to add adjustments and styles (presets) from Capture One isn’t available at the time of creating a new tethered session, instead they must be selected from the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

Next Capture Location Tool

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

View more information related to the Capture Location in Sessions, or when working in Catalogs.

When left to the default location, Capture One will store the session files and captured image files in the Pictures folder (Mac/Windows) on the local drive.

Next Capture Naming Tool

Set the naming structure for images in a tethered workflow. The naming structure can be derived from text or tokens, or a combination of both.

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When working tethered, captured files are named on import using the Next Capture Naming tool, as the camera bypasses both the memory card and its internal naming system.

Noise Reduction Tool

The tool adopts sliders for suppressing luma, color and single pixel noise.

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Remove unsightly noise from image files

Normalize Tool

Capture One’s Normalize tool can be used to bring a corresponding change in exposure and white balance in a selected area to match that of a reference value or "Target" area.

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Capture One Pro’s Normalize tool is intended to be used early in the workflow to provide a quick, base exposure adjustment by selecting and applying a specific value (i.e., brightness level) to a region of interest.

Output Location

Set the location for processing destination. Session users can also choose a folder in the Library and select the Set as Output Folder option from the file menu or contextual (right-click) menu.

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When the Output Location option is selected from the Root Folder fly-out menu of the Process Recipe tool, the destination location for processed variants is determined by the Output Location tool.

Output Naming

Changes the naming for the output file. Default is the name of the parent RAW file. Uses text or Tokens, or a combination of both for name structure.

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Output Naming provides a range of options for naming processed files

Overlay Tool

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

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Drag and drop an image file (with the magazine headlines and copy) into the Overlay box that states 'Drop image here'

Print - Printer

Choose a printer and color management options.

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Select images to print in the Browser.

Print - Units and Guides

Unit and guide options for the print dialogs.

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Change the units used in the Margins and Layout tools.

Print - Templates

Choose saved layout options.

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Select File>Print to display the print sheet and dialog box

Print - Margin

Choose saved layout options.

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Select images to print in the Browser.

Print - Layout

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

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The Prioritize Spacing and Prioritize Cell Size options determine what action Capture One takes when users change Rows/Columns/Margins/Paper size etc.

Print - Image Settings

Set fill options for the set paper size.

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The Image Settings tool has several layout options, including choices to add overlays and annotations to the final print:

Print - Caption

Set the text under each image in the contact sheet.

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Go to the Metadata Tool Tab and either, verify the existing entry, or add a new caption in the Description field in the IPTC - Content section

Print - Watermark

Set a watermark in the print.

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Capture One can add a high-quality text-based watermark to your printed images, using either your own text or tokens or a combination of the two.

Process Recipe

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

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To automatically open a processed file in another application once it has been processed in Capture One, select an option from the Open With drop-down menu.

Process Recipes

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

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

Process Summary Tool

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

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The Process Summary dialog provides an overview of all the chosen settings for an image variant, or variants, before processing.

Purple Fringing Tool

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

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Capture One features a specifically designed tool to remove purple fringing. It includes a familiar slider allowing control over the intensity, as well as the usual options to save the resulting setting to the adjustments clipboard or as a preset.

Rotation and Flip Tool

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).

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Straighten lines

Sharpening Tool

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.

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As a part of the capture sharpening stage, Capture One applies pre-sharpening to images based on the camera model

Spot Removal Tool

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

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The Spot Removal tool can be used to quickly remove spots or small blemishes from images. In addition to spot removal it also has an option to remove sensor dust.

Styles and Presets

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

View more information related to Styles and Presets.

Capture One Cultural Heritage offers additional built-in Styles crafted specifically for Film Scanning. Read about those here.

Capture One ships with a number of built-in high-quality Styles that can be used to optimize your workflow and save time when you need to modify an image or apply a certain effect or look to images.

Vignetting Tool

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

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Vignetting is a controlled exposure adjustment that will either darken or brighten the edges and corners of an image.

Web Contact Sheet - Images

Create an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

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Create a web gallery from a selection of flexible templates for impressive web based image presentations

Web Contact Sheet - Layout

Choose a layout for an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

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The Web Contact Sheet module opens in a window on top of the Capture One window

Web Contact Sheet - Output

Choose a location for the creation of an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

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The Web Contact Sheet module opens in a window on top of the Capture One window

Web Contact Sheet - Text

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

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The Web Contact Sheet module opens in a window on top of the Capture One window

White Balance Tool

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.

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The Mode drop down menu provides a list of different White Balance presets. (E.g. Daylight, Tungsten, and Fluorescent