Rotating, Straightening, and Flipping Images

Rotation / Crop / Keystone

Find out how to straighten, rotate and even flip an image. Capture One additionally has a semi-automated levelling feature with Phase One IQ-series digital backs — discover how to access and apply it for a fully integrated workflow.

Orient images

Capture One reads the image file's metadata to automatically orient the image to that set in the camera. If that data isn't available or readable, Capture One provides several options to orient your images quickly.

Short-cuts to the Rotate All Selected Variants Left or Right are available in the main tool-bar, while Rotate Left or Right Cursors are available via the Rotate cursor group in the cursor tool-bar, as well as from the Rotation & Flip tool.

 Short-cuts to the Rotate Left/Right cursors are available in the main tool-bar.

The short-cuts and cursors rotate images through 90-degree steps, so if the wrong one is selected inadvertently you can apply it several times to orient the image correctly. The cursors can also be used on thumbnails in the Browser, bypassing the Viewer and making it easier and quicker to orient occassional, non-contiguous images without selecting them first.

 The short-cuts and cursors rotate images through 90-degree steps, so if the wrong one is selected inadvertently you can apply it several times to orient the image correctly.

The Rotation & Flip tool also offers both a Left and Right button that enables you to rotate images through 90-degree steps without changing your cursor.


Straighten or rotate multiple images

When image straightening, rotation or flipping is required to be copied and applied to multiple images, there is an intermediate step to enable the option using either the tool’s individual Adjustments Clipboard, or the master Adjustments Clipboard.

This extra step is to ensure that these specific adjustments are deliberately applied and is meant to prevent unwanted image rotation or flipping when applying other, more general image adjustments. It is also meant to prevent inadvertent inclusion when creating User Styles or Presets.

  1. Select the image that you want to copy the adjustments from in the Browser. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border).
  2. Enable the Edit Selected Variants icon in the main tool-bar, if not already.
  3. Select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the crop to. (The thumbnail(s) will have a thin white border in the browser).
  4. Go to the Rotation & Flip tool and press the small double-ended arrow icon in the tool's title bar. A dedicated Adjustments Clipboard dialog box opens. 
  5. Enable the required options with a check-mark (e.g., Rotation, Orientation, and/or Flip).
  6. Press Apply at the bottom of the dialog box. The adjustment will be applied to the selected images.

Straighten an image

Capture One offers a dedicated cursor tool to straighten images. The cursor can be found in the Rotation & Flip tool, as well as from the Cursor tool-bar. You can also access it using the keyboard shortcut R.  

Click in the image and drag the cursor along a horizon or a line in an image that you want the image aligned to. The tool can be used with vertical references as well, for example, against the side of a building. Capture One automatically rotates the image to the line you've created and then crops it accordingly. 

  1. Go to the Lens Inspector.
  2. From the Rotation & Flip tool, select the Straighten cursor (curved arrow icon) or select the Straighten cursor option from the Cursor tool menu bar.    
  3. Go to the Viewer and mark-up a horizontal or vertical line in need of correction by clicking on a point at one end of a horizon then clicking on the other end, for example.
  4. The image will be automatically straightened and cropped when the mouse-button is released.
  5. Use the Angle slider to fine-tune the straightening. For ultra-fine adjustment, hover your mouse over the slider and change the setting with your scroll wheel if desired.

Rotate manually

When there's no visual reference, or you simply prefer to adjust by eye, manual rotation of images is possible using either the Rotation & Flip tool's Angle slider, or by clicking and dragging the image with the Rotate Freehand cursor.

Use Shift-R to switch between the cursors in the group. The Grid Overlay opens in conjunction as an aid.

  1. Go to the Lens Inspector.
  2. From the Rotation & Flip tool and alter the rotation by adjusting the Angle slider. (Hover your mouse over the slider and change the setting with your scroll wheel if desired).    
  3. Alternatively, long press the Straighten (R) icon in the tool or cursor tool-bar and select the Rotate Freehand option.
  4. Once Rotate Freehand is selected, go to the Viewer and click and drag the image to the desired angle.

Auto Rotate (Phase One IQ series backs only)

Phase One IQ-series digital backs have a built-in gyroscope to level the image in Capture One. This minor rotation adjustment isn't performed automatically and must be initiated by selecting the Auto Rotate option in the Rotation and Flip tool.

When enabled, the option is included in Capture One's Auto Adjust feature available from the main menu (choose Adjustments > Auto Adjust (cmd-L)), or from the main tool bar (A) icon. It is additionally available in the Catalog and Session import dialogs as well, so the adjustment can be applied automatically on import.

  1. Select the image or images in the Browser that require leveling. (Images must have been captured using a Phase One IQ series digital back). 
  2. Go to the Rotation and Flip tool, and select A from the tool's title bar.
  3. All of the selected images will be leveled automatically. For the selected image, the amout of rotation applied in degrees is displayed in tool's text box.

Reset Rotate adjustment

You can reset a rotation adjustment without it affecting an orientation (e.g., Left or Right, perpendicular type) adjustment. Rotation adjustments include the automatically applied levelling feature when using a Phase One IQ-series back, or manual adjustments using the Angle slider, or Straighten or Rotate Freehand cursors. 

This resetting of rotation adjustments can be made to vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) oriented images.

  1. Select the image or images with rotation adjustments applied, including any of those that have also had orientation adjustments made to them.
  2. Choose from the following:
    • From the main menu, select Adjustments > Rotation > Rotate Snap (Alt-Cmd/Ctrl-L)
    • From the Rotation & Flip tool, click on the action icon (...). The Action menu opens.
  3. Select Rotate Snap. Images snap back to their original state; landscape or portrait.

Flip an image

Capture One can be used to flip an image horizontally, or vertically, if required. The horizontal option is often used to alter the image in an attempt to improve the visual weighting on a page, but it should be used with extreme caution. Manipulation of images this way is often noticeable and in some cases may even be unacceptable. 

  1. From the Lens Inspector.
  2. Go to the Rotation & Flip tool and select either Horizontal or Vertical from the Flip drop down menu.    
  3. The image is instantly flipped over to the selected format.
  4. To return to the state as originally captured, select None from the menu, or press the tool’s reset icon in the title bar.

Resetting adjustments

You can reset all of the adjustments made to an image using the Rotation & Flip Inspector tool’s built-in reset feature. When you want to preserve the images’ orientation (i.e., perpendicular Left/Right) adjustments, select Rotate Snap instead.

  1. Select the image or images with any rotation and flip adjustments applied, including any of those that have also had orientation adjustments made to them.
  2. From the Rotation & Flip tool, click on the curved-arrow icon in the tool’s title bar. All of the adjustments made and applied from this tool to the selected images are reset. Select Option-click to temporarily apply the resetting, (e.g., to see the effect before applying permanently).