Tool Tabs

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Each Tool Tab contains a number of utilities that include a set of tools to adjust image files.


The Tool Tab bar is located at the top/left corner of the user interface. (See the example right). Each Tool Tab contains a number of tools. Each tool has its own set of controls to adjust a selected image file or multiple files.



The Library Tool Tab is a filtered file explorer that displays supported files. It allows access to images within Albums, Smart Albums and Favorites and to any image collections stored in folders on a computer or networked resource.

The Library Tool Tab is where all file navigation and organization takes place. Navigate via the hierarchical tree-view to a folder that contains the image files you wish to edit. Thumbnails of the images within your selected folder will be created and displayed in the Image Browser. You can also watch videos supported by your particular OS. Find out more here.

The Library tool also enables access to images within Catalogs, Folders, Session Folders, Session Albums and Session Favorites. Within a session, the Library tool features an Output Folder, a Selects Folder, a Capture Folder, a Trash Folder and enables users to browse between recently used sessions.

The Library tool will feature fixed menus and albums and a Folders tool when a catalog is used.

Capture One applies non-destructive editing because any image adjustments will not affect the actual raw file – only the Capture One settings file will change. Create a catalog or session to help organize your workflow.


The Capture Tool Tab is the gateway to tethered shooting with a Phase One digital back or supported DSLR. This tool tab has a host of features to aid workflow. Adjust your camera exposure settings remotely, apply adjustments and multiple styles during capture. Use the Camera tool to alter ISO and White Balance settings and fire the shutter of a connected camera or activate its Live View functionality.

Use the Capture Pilot tool/app to connect Capture One Pro 7 to an iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. The Capture Pilot app lets you present, rate and capture image files on an iOS device.

The Capture Pilot tool also has a web function that lets you view, rate and color tag captured images from a web browser on a computer, Android (mobile device) or Windows Phone operating system.

It is also possible to wirelessly control Profoto studio lighting from this Tool Tab.


The Color Tool Tab has a number of tools to help control the colors of an image file. It enables users to set White Balance conventionally or by using the Skin Tone tool. 

The Color Editor enables adjustments to be applied to groups of colors, specific colors or on skin tones. Save a color setting (once it is achieved) and apply it to later work, even as an ICC profile or style directly in a tethered session.

The Color Tool Tab also features a Black & White tool allowing users to adjust individual tonal channels and save them as a Preset for future use.


The Exposure Tool Tab provides controls to adjust exposure aspects of images. Basic controls (e.g. Exposure Compensation) affects the whole image, and more advanced controls (e.g. High Dynamic Range) enables users to fine-tune adjustments.

Levels and Curves can adjust overall lightness values as well as the individual Red, Green and Blue color channels. The Clarity tool can help reduce haze or ( a negative value) can create a softening effect that is particularly affective when applied to a portrait image to smooth out skin tones.



The Lens Correction Tool Tab is designed to address a number of unwanted issues that are commonly associated with lens distortion. Capture One incorporates a number of preset profiles that are available for medium format and DSLR lenses that will greatly improve image results when used appropriately. Adjustments can also be applied manually to correct individual elements, e.g. Distortion.


The Composition Tool Tab enables users to control the layout of a photo. Crop, rotate, flip, apply keystone corrections and utilize the Overlay tool when capturing an image for a specific layout or design. Aspect ratios can be applied to images to meet output format needs.



Image sharpness and noise reduction are controlled from the Details Tool Tab. This Tool Tab includes an Advanced Noise Reduction, Moiré and dust/spot removal tools.

The Details Tool Tab includes a navigation and focus tool that allow users to quickly inspect close-up detail anywhere on the image at any zoom level. The Focus window can be used to keep track of the sharpness at a 100% view.

Local Adjustments

The Local Adjustments Tool Tab enables users to create layers and work on targeted areas of an image (e.g. specific areas that are overexposed). You can alter the brush settings (size and hardness) and apply a graduation mask.

Note: Capture One Pro can detect the pressure applied from a pen and graphics tablet from manufacturers such as Wacom.


The Adjustments Tool Tab provides a clipboard with image adjustments that can be copied from one image and applied to other image(s). The default copy function contains only the parameters where actual adjustments are made to the settings of a source image.

It is possible to deselect specific adjustments as well as to save a set of adjustments as a Style for later use.


The Metadata Tool Tab allows users to insert keywords and specific information in addition to the basic metadata from a camera. It is also possible to create your own Metadata Presets (a collection of values).

Metadata can be very useful when organizing photos or used to simply brand photos with some indications of the image type or photo creator. It is possible to set up metadata stamps (e.g. copyright, client profiles) and apply these to multiple photos.


The Output Tool Tab features a number of parameters to help define how images are processed.

The Process Recipe tool includes parameters such as file formats, quality, color space, and resolution. The size of a processed file can also be configured. Users can also decide what specific metadata will be included in the processed image file and systematically rename output files as desired.  Users can also add watermarks and save process recipes as well as process to multiple formats at the same time.


The Batch queue will automatically start when the Process button is pressed. Control the queue for processing and check which images have been processed previously in the Batch Tool Tab. Press backspace to delete images from the queue or drag-and-drop the listed image files into a prefered arrangement to change the process order. It is also possible to reprocess files from the history tab.


The Quick Tool Tab features a selection of key tools to help achieve a faster workflow.

Base characteristics provide different ICC camera profiles and film curves. An ICC profile is automatically applied according to the make and model of the selected RAW file.

The Quick tool enables users to Set White Balance conventionally or by using the Skin Tone tool. It is also possible to control Exposure and High Dynamic Range and process directly from this Tool Tab.

The Quick Tool Tab is not a default Tool Tab. To enable this Tool Tab...

  1. Right click on the Tool Tab bar and select Add Tool Tab>Quick. (Alternatively, go to View>Add Tool Tab>Quick).
  2. The Quick icon will appear along side the other Tool Tabs. Click on the icon and drag it to an alternative position if desired.

Black and White

Capture One Pro features a powerful Black and White Tool Tab that include a number of useful tools to help perform a montone conversions.

The Black and White Tool Tab is not a default Tool Tab. To enable this Tool Tab...  

  1. Right click on the Tool Tab bar and select Add Tool Tab>Black&White. (Alternatively, go to View>Add Tool Tab>Black&White).
  2. The Black&White icon will appear along side the other Tool Tabs. Click on the icon and drag it to an alternative position if desired.

Find out more here.

Video tutorial: Black and White

Learn about Black and White conversion in this video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right). Capture One Pro 7 enables you to easily convert your images to black & white with powerful sliders that let you precisely adjust the color channels and create split toning effects when you convert to gray scale.

Add a Custom Tool Tab

  1. Right click on the tool tab and select Add new Tool Tab>Custom Tool Tab from the drop down menu.  (Alternatively, go to View>Add Tool Tab>Custom Tool Tab).
  2. A dialog box will appear. Name the Tab, choose an icon and press Add Tab. The icon will appear in the Tool Tab bar.
  3. Right click on the icon and select Add Tool from the drop down menu and select a desired tool. Repeat this procedure to add more tools.
  4. To rearrange the Tool Tab bar, press CMD/ALT (Mac/PC) and drag icons in the tab menu to the preferred position. 
  5. Right click on the Tool Tab bar and select Remove Tool Tab to remove any unwanted tool tabs from view.