Keystone Correction Pro

Keystone / Crop / Rotation / Lens Correction

Find out how to alleviate perspective distortion using keystone correction.

Introduction

It is not always possible to get the best angle on a subject and eliminate all distortion. Architecture photographers often have to correct perspective distortion of tall buildings. Capture One Pro gives you the ability to apply keystone correction. You can quickly correct any distortion by using the vertical and horizontal sliders or use the cursor markers to pinpoint lines that should be parallel.

The Keystone function can be operated manually by adjusting individual sliders or you can use the Auto option. The Auto Keystone Correction icons can be selected beneath the sliders or in the cursor tools. Choose between the automatic vertical, horizontal or full correction.

Tip: Use the local Copy/Apply functions to apply the settings to multiple images that need the same correction.

Capture One Pro gives you the ability to apply keystone correction. You can quickly correct any distortion by using the vertical and horizontal sliders or use the cursor markers to pinpoint lines that should be parallel.

Apply keystone correction manually

  1. Go to the Composition Tool Tab.
  2. In the Keystone tool, adjust the Vertical or Horizontal sliders.
  3. Adjust the Amount slider.
  4. Fine-tune Aspect if necessary.

Apply keystone correction manually

Apply horizontal or vertical correction

  1. Go to the Composition Tool Tab.
  2. In the Keystone tool, select the Keystone Horizontal or the Keystone Vertical icon.
  3. Set the four points to mark up the vertical or horizontal lines that need to be aligned.
  4. Press the Apply button (Located on the top of the image in the middle of the Viewer).
  5. Adjust the Amount and Aspect sliders as desired.

Set the four points to mark up the vertical or horizontal lines that need to be aligned

Apply automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction

  1. Go to the Composition Tool Tab.
  2. In the Keystone tool, select the Keystone icon.
  3. Set the four points to mark up the vertical or horizontal lines that need to be aligned.
  4. Press the Apply button (Located on the top of the image in the middle of the Viewer).

Apply automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction

Hide distorted edges

There may be occasions when you need to hide the distorted edges after applying a keystone correction.
Check mark Hide Distorted Areas in Lens Correction tool.

In rare situations you might need to crop outside the image. See To Crop Outside Image Area.

  1. Go to Lens Correction Tool Tab.
  2. Check mark the Hide Distorted Areas option.
  3. Distorted edges will now automatically be clipped.

There may be occasions when you need to hide the distorted edges after applying a keystone correction

Auto rotate for IQ-series digital back users

The IQ-series digital backs have an integrated motion sensor that automatically logs the angle of a captured image. Press the A icon in the Keystone tool to correct an image so that the horizontal angle is square to the ground. If, for example, an image has been captured looking up at a tall building with any perspective distortion, then the A (Auto) function will also correct any converging verticals.

Note: Applying a Keystone setting will also adjust the rotation of an image. If you want to undo the Keystone setting and the rotation, remember to press the undo icon for both individual adjustments.

Apply automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction

Keystone tool icons

There are three Keystone tool icons. (See circled) 

Keystone icons from left to right: Keystone Vertical, Keystone Horizontal and Keystone. (The active icon will turn orange).

Tip: The keystone keyboard shortcut is k.

There are three Keystone tool icons