Sharpening and Focus

Sharpening / Noise reduction / Grain / High ISO

Check focus and apply sharpening.

Check focus (without zooming into the viewer)

  1. Go to the Details Tool Tab.
  2. The Focus tool shows a section of the image that can be magnified up to 400%.
  3. Use the Pick Focus Point icon to select a desired area (in the Viewer) to inspect in detail.
  4. Adjust the magnification on the slider below the window.
  5. Select the presets to access different sizing options (of Medium or Auto Size) for the Focus tool window.

Check focus (without zooming into the viewer)

Check sharpness in the viewer (without using zoom) Pro

  1. Press the Focus Mask icon (circled in blue).
  2. The Focus Mask will automatically display sharp areas with a (default) green marking.
  3. Go to Capture One>Preferences to adjust the sharpness settings.
    Read more on Preferences.

Check sharpness in the viewer (without using zoom)

Sharpen an image file

  1. Go to the Details Tool Tab.
  2. Either set Viewer to 100% or choose a sharp area with the picker in the Focus tool.
  3. Press the Manage Presets icon to access a variety of sharpening settings.
  4. Fine-tune the desired setting using the sliders.
  5. Use the Hand tool to check other areas of the image at 100%.

Press the Manage Presets icon to access a variety of sharpening settings

Learn more

The effects of sharpening and noise reduction are shown as they appear on the final image that is displayed in the Viewer.

Try this workflow if you are not experienced in applying Sharpening to an image:

  • First, sharpen the fine detail in the image.
    Use the capture or raw pre-sharpening setting.
    (In the Manage Preset menu)
  • Secondly, a more aggressive sharpening affect can be used but this should be applied after the image has been sized according to desired printing dimensions