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.

View more information related to the Adjustments Clipboard.

Annotations

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.

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

Barcode

The integrated Barcode scanner tool in Capture One Studio will help you ensure that the assets are named and identified correctly as they are captured.

For more information about how to use the Barcode tool click here.

Base Characteristics

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

View more information related to Base Characteristics.

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.

Batch Processing

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

View more information related to Batch.

Black and White

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.

View more information related to Black and White.

Camera

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 Tethered Shooting.

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.

View more information related to Tethered Shooting.

Camera Focus

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

View more information related to Camera Focus.

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.

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).

View more information related to Capture Pilot.

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

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.

View more information related to Clarity.

Color Balance

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

View more information related to Color Balance.

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.

View more information related to Color Editor.

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.

View more information related to Copy Stand

Crop

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).

View more information related to the Crop tool.

Curve

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.

View more information related to Curves.

Exposure

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.

View more information related to Exposure.

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.

View more information related to Exposure Evaluation.

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.

View more information related to External Editing.

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.

View more information related to Film Grain.

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.

View more information related to Filters.

Focus

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.

Grid

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. 

For more information about how to use the Grid tool read here.

Guides

The Guides tool will allow you to position and display multiple guides over the image in the Viewer as an aid to getting the composition right and it is particularly useful when shooting tethered or cropping the image. 

The Guides tool is only available in Capture One Studio. For more information about how to use the tool read here.

If you are using a Pro version of Capture One, please read about working with Guides here

High Dynamic Range

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.

View more information related to High Dynamic Range.

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.

Importer

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.

Keystone

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

View more information related to the Keystone tool.

Keywords

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.

View more information related to Keywords.

Keyword Library

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

View more information related to Keyword Libraries.

LCC (Lens Cast Calibration)

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.

View more information related to LCC.

Lens Correction

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.

Levels

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.

View more information related to Levels.

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.

Live View Controls

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

View more information related to Live View.

Live View Focus Meter

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

View more information related to Live View.

Live View Info

Orientation info for Phase One backs.

View more information related to Live View.

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.

View more information related to Live View.

Live View Overlay

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

View more information related to Overlay.

Layers

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.

View more information related to Layers and local adjustments.

Metadata

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.

Moiré

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.

View more information related to Moiré.

Navigator

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.

Next Capture Adjustments

Determines how adjustments are applied in a tethered workflow.

View more information related to Next Capture Adjustments.

Next Capture Backup

The Next Capture Backup enables Capture One Studio to automatically make a backup of all the captured images during a tethered session to another drive. 

For more information about how to use the Next Capture Backup tool click here.

Next Capture Keywords

The Next Capture Keywords tool allows you to enter the keywords that should be associated with the next captured image(s), ensuring that product shots will be categorized correctly from the start. The tool is only available in Capture One Studio

For more information about how to use the Next Capture Keywords tool click here.

Next Capture Location

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.

Next Capture Metadata

The Next Capture Metadata tool allows you to enter the relevant metadata that should be associated with the next captured image(s), ensuring that product shots will be categorized correctly from the start. This tool is only available in Capture One Studio.

For more information about how to use the Next Capture Metadata tool click here.

Next Capture Naming

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.

View more information related to Next Capture Naming.

Noise Reduction

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

View more information related to Noise Reduction.

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.

View more information related to Normalization.

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.

View more information related to Output Location.

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.

View more information related to Output Naming.

Overlay

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.

View more information related to the Overlay tool.

Print - Printer

Choose a printer and color management options.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Units and Guides

Unit and guide options for the print dialogs.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Templates

Choose saved layout options.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Margin

Choose saved layout options.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Layout

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

View more information related to Print.

Print - Image Settings

Set fill options for the set paper size.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Caption

Set the text under each image in the contact sheet.

View more information related to Print.

Print - Watermark

Set a watermark in the print.

View more information related to Print.

Process Recipe

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

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Process Recipe

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

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Process Summary

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

View more information related to Process Summary.

Purple Fringing

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.

View more information related to Purple 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).

View more information related to Rotation and Flip.

Sharpening

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.

View more information related to Sharpening.

Spot Removal

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

View more information related to Spot Removal.

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.

Vignetting

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

View more information related to Vignetting.

Web Contact Sheet - Images

Create an interactive contact sheet for hosting on the internet.

View more information related to Web Contact Sheet.

Web Contact Sheet - Layout

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

View more information related to Web Contact Sheet.

Web Contact Sheet - Output

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

View more information related to Web Contact Sheet.

Web Contact Sheet - Text

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

View more information related to Web Contact Sheet.

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.

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