Local Adjustment

Local Adjustment / Exposure / Color Editor / Sharpening / Moiré

The Local Adjustments tool allows you to create layers and work on targeted areas of an image.

Local Adjustment can be used to adjust selected areas of an image (e.g. specific areas that are overexposed). Start by adding a Layer and selecting the Brush. You can alter the Brush Size and Hardness, Erase Local Adjustments and customize local adjustments settings (e.g. only display mask when drawing).

Disable a Layer by removing the check mark in the Local Adjustments tool. The Background Layer cannot be disabled or deleted. Remember to select the Background layer to apply global changes to the whole image.

Video Tutorial - Local Adjustment

Peter Eastway demonstrates how to add and remove local adjustments layer in Capture One Pro.

Add or Remove a New Layer

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments tool tab.
  2. Click plus/minus icon to create or delete a layer.
  3. Name the Layer.

Note: A layer that is currently selected is highlighted in orange.

Draw a Mask and Apply a Local Adjustments in a Layer

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments tool tab.
  2. Select the layer.
  3. Select the Brush icon in the Local Adjustments tool or the Cursor tool bar.
    Long press the Brush icon and choose the Always Display Mask or Only Display Mask When Drawing option.
    The cursor changes to a circle with a plus sign indicating the center of the Brush.
  4. Draw a mask on the image.
    The selection will appear in semi-transparent red. Remove any unwanted part of the mask by selecting the Erase Local Adjustments and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
  5. Select a tool (e.g. Exposure) and adjust by dragging a slider.

Tip: Use the keyboard shortcuts b and e to switch between the Draw and Erase brush tools respectively.

Change Brush Size and Hardness

  1. Right click anywhere in the image Viewer to set the Brush Size and Hardness.
  2. A Brush Settings panel will appear.
    Set the desired Size and Hardness of the brush.

Alter Selected Areas with Local Adjustments

  1. Add a new Layer and click and hold the Brush tool and select Always Display Mask from the drop down menu.
  2. Draw over the desired areas for adjustment.
    Remove any unwanted part of your mask by selecting the Erase Local Adjustments (e) brush and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
    Reduce or increase the Exposure, Contrast, Brightness or Saturation slider to a desired appropriate value.
  3. Remove the semi transparent red Mask by selecting the Never Display Mask from the drop down menu in the Brush tool. 

  4. Remember to select the Background Layer in the Local Adjustments tool to make any global adjustments to the whole image.

Tip:

Press and hold the alt key (Mac/PC) to change the Draw Local Adjustments (e) brush into the Erase Local Adjustments brush.

Press and hold the alt key (Mac) to change the Erase Local Adjustments (e) brush into the Draw Local Adjustments brush.

Adjustments Layer Mask

Reduce Overexposed Areas with Local Adjustments

  1. Add a new Layer.
    Long press the Brush tool and select Always Display Mask from the drop down menu.
  2. Draw over the overexposed areas.
    Remove any unwanted part of your mask by selecting the Erase Local Adjustments (e) brush and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
  3. Reduce the Exposure slider to an appropriate value.
  4. Remove the semi transparent red Mask by selecting the Never Display Mask from the drop down menu in the Brush tool.
  5. Remember to select the Background Layer to make any global adjustments to the whole image.

Tip: Click on the Exposure Warning icon to highlight (in red) any areas that are overexposed.

The image below illustrates the progress: The original image to the left, the masked image in the center and the image with the local adjustment applied to the right.


Draw with a Particular Local Adjustments Directly

  1. Select the layer.
  2. Long press the Brush tool and select Never Display Mask from the drop down menu.
  3. Select a tool and set the slider to a particular value.
    (E.g. Increase the Amount slider in the Sharpening tool tab).
  4. Draw the local adjustment.
    The adjustment is applied directly to the selected area.
  5. If needed, long press the Brush tool and select Erase Local Adjustments to remove any unwanted areas of the mask.

Tip: Use the keyboard shortcuts b and e to switch between the Draw and Erase brush functions tools respectively.

Copy and Invert a Local Adjustment Selection

  1. Copy a local adjustment selection from one layer to another layer by clicking on the action menu (downward arrow) icon and selecting the Copy Mask From option.
  2. Invert a local adjustment by selecting the Invert Mask option from the action menu.

Copy Mask From

Enable Pen Pressure Support

Capture One Pro can detect the pressure applied when using any type of pen and graphics tablet from manufacturers such as Wacom.

  1. Select the Local Adjustment tab and click on the Cursor tools settings icon at the bottom of the Adjustment Layers tool.
  2. Now check mark the Use Pen Pressure option box.

Tip:

  • Select the Draw Local Adjustment (b) brush tool and right click on the image in the Viewer to get a Brush Settings window where you can checkmark and activate the Use Pen Pressure option.
  • Use the other end of a Graphics Tablet pen as an eraser. Alternatively, press and hold the alt key (Mac/PC) to change the Brush tool into an eraser.
  • Use square brackets (on the keyboard) to quickly adjust the size of your brush. Press [or] to decrease or increase the brush size respectively.

Pen pressure