Grid and Guides

Crop / Rotation

Grid and Guides can be added and displayed over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right or as workflow tools when cropping or shooting tethered.

Grid tool introduction

The Grid tool will display a customizable grid over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right and is particularly useful when cropping an image. You will find the Grid tool in the Lens Tool Tab where the Crop tool is also located.

Note that with Capture One 12.1 and later, adding and editing a grid is now done from the new Grid tool. In earlier versions, the grid functionality was located in the Preferences under the Crop tab but has now been replaced by the Grid tool for a faster and more streamlined workflow.

Adding a Grid

First enable the visibility of the grid overlay in the Viewer by selecting the Show Grid option in the Grid tool or go to the menu and select View > Grid to toggle it on and off. You can also use the keyboard shortcut command + G (ctrl + G on Windows).

Select the desired type of grid from the Type drop-down menu in the Grid tool. You have three options:

  1. Rectangular. This is the default and will let you customize the numbers of sections within the Grid with the Long Edge and Short Edge options. Any number of equally spaced vertical and horizontal sections up to 128 can be chosen. The default is a 3 by 3 section grid.
  2. Golden Ratio This 3 x 3 grid has been modified by the Golden Ratio rule so that the intersecting lines are closer to the middle of the frame. This grid has no options.
  3. Fibonacci Spiral is a well-known tool to obtain an aesthetically pleasing composition. You can control how the spiral grid is positioned over the image by flipping it vertical and horizontal with the Clockwise and Mirror options.

You can select one of the six available grid colors to ensure that the grid will be easy to see against the image subject. You can choose between black, white, red, yellow, magenta or cyan by Color in the Grid tool or by selecting View > Grid Color from the menu. White is default.

The Follow Crop option will fit the selected grid inside the crop area and follow it as you readjust the crop. If the option is deselected, the grid will fit the entire image, regardless of the chosen crop.

Grid and Capture Pilot

If you are using the Capture Pilot app on an iOS device in combination with running Capture One Studio, you have the option to display the Grid on top of the image viewed on the iOS app screen. The Grid can be toggled on and off in the Capture Pilot app by tapping on the Grid icon at the bottom of the app screen. It is worth to point out that the visibility in the app is controlled independently of whether the Grid is enabled or not in Capture One Studio. This means that the same Grid can be hidden in Capture One Studio but visible in the Capture Pilot app, or vice versa.

You will need to update the Capture Pilot app (version 2.2.x or later) to enable the Grid functionality. Also note that Capture One Studio controls the type of Grid used. You cannot change the grid on the connected device, you can only toggle the visibility on and off.


Working with Guides

    Guides can be added and displayed over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right and it is particularly useful when shooting tethered or as a mean to perfect the image cropping. 
    1. Go to the menu and select View > Guides to toggle the Guides visibility on and off. You can assign a keyboard shortcut to this command (see below).
    2. Multiple guides may be added from the main menu by selecting View > Customize Guides > Add Horizontal Guide or Add Vertical Guide.
    3. The guides can then be dragged into the proper position using the Select (v) cursor tool.
    4. You can select one of the six available Guide colors to ensure that they will be easy to see against the image subject. You can choose between black, white, red, yellow, magenta or cyan by selecting View > Customize Guides > Guides Color from the menu. Red is default.
    5. If all of the guides displayed should be removed, select View > Customize Guides > Reset Guides. If only a single guide line needs to be removed, simply click on it with the Select (v) cursor tool and drag the line to the edge of the frame.
    6. To hide the Guides, select View > Guides from the main menu to toggle the view off.

    If you want to assign a keyboard shortcut command to toggle the visibility of the Guides on and off, select Edit > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts… and find the Guides command. Note that you can also assign additional keyboard shortcuts to other related Guides commands under Customize Guides in the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

    Note that Capture One Studio has a Guides tool with additional features for precise placement as well as Presets. Please read here if you are using Guides with the Studio version.