Local Adjustment Pro

Local Adjustment / Exposure / Color Editor / Sharpening / Moiré

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

Introduction

Local Adjustments 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.

Local Adjustments can be used to adjust selected areas of an image (e.g. specific areas that are overexposed)

Local Adjustment tools

Several new local adjustment tools have been have added to Capture One Pro 8. Like before, adjustments may be applied as layers, using either a brush or a gradient mask, where appropriate.

Capture One Pro 8 also introduces a new-dedicated local Repair tool, offering both Clone and Heal controls. Although their operation is similar there are differences between the way the two work.

The Clone tool simply copies pixels from one area of an image to another and is well suited to either duplicating or removing objects. Painting over an imperfection in an image using the Clone brush will replace that area with an exact copy of another part of the image.

The Heal tool works slightly differently. Capture One Pro automatically blends the colors and brightness of the sampled area with the adjacent pixels of the target area. For most repair work, particularly skin blemishes or large expanses of sky with a slight gradient, the Heal tool should be the first choice. Repairs along edges are more suited to the Clone tool.

For details of the local selection tools including the new additions, please follow the links (below) to the global adjustment tools. They mostly replicate the functionality of the global tools, however, saving User Presets isn't possible with the Purple Fringing tool.

- Exposure
- Color Editor
- Sharpening
- Moiré
- White Balance (new)
HDR (new)
Noise Reduction (new)
Purple Fringing (new)
Clarity (enhanced)

Several new local adjustment tools have been have added to Capture One Pro 8

Add or remove a new layer

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments Tool Tab.
  2. Click plus/minus icon to create or delete a new Clone, Heal or Adjustment layer. Up to 16 individual layers can be added.
  3. Name the Layer or press return and it will be named Layer 1,2,3 (Clone/Heal/Adjustment) etc.
  4. To switch between the Clone, Heal and Adjustment options without deleting the layer, click the button displaying the current layer type in the Local Adjustments tool and make the selection from the pop-up menu.  

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

Add or remove a new layer

Draw a mask and apply local adjustments in a layer

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments Tool Tab.
  2. Select a layer in the Local Adjustments tool. (It will turn orange once active).
  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 (double) circle with a cross-hair 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 Erase Mask and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
  5. Select a tool (e.g. Exposure) and adjust by dragging a slider.
  6. If selecting the Heal or Clone option, Capture One Pro automatically selects the source point after drawing. If the appearance of the target area doesn’t match the surrounding pixels when using the Heal tool, click on the source point and drag it to set your own sampling point. The source point can be moved anywhere within the viewer.
  7. Remember to select the Background Layer in the Local Adjustments tool to make any global adjustments to the whole image.

Note: When using the Clarity tool select the Method from the Background layer, as the type is locked when the Adjustment layer is selected.

Tip: Switch between the Draw and Erase brush tools by using the keyboard shortcuts b and e.

Draw a mask and apply local adjustments in a layer

Selection points

A single Selection point will appear close to the first application of a brush mask in an adjustment layer or source point in a repair layer, regardless of whether it’s a series of brush strokes or a single stroke. One Selection point will appear per layer, and will change color from silver to orange when active. Clicking on one will select that layer, making it an efficient way to move between adjustments.

To reposition a brush mask in an adjustment layer

  1. Select the relevant layer from the Local Adjustments Tool, or click on the relevant selection point in the image viewer. Note, the selection point will change from silver to orange when selected.
  2. Click the selection point and drag to the desired location. The mask will move with the selection point.
  3. If Selection Points aren’t already selected from the Brush tool menu, command-click on the mask instead and then drag to the new position.

To set a source point and reposition a brush mask in a Clone or Heal layer

  1. Select the layer from the Local Adjustments Tool. 
  2. Set a source point using option-click.
  3. Option-click on either point and drag to re-position.

Change brush size and hardness

  1. Select the Brush icon in the Local Adjustments tool or the Cursor tool bar.
  2. Right click anywhere in the image Viewer or click on the Brush Settings (icon circled in blue).
  3. A Brush Settings panel will appear. Adjust the sliders to set the desired size and hardness of the brush.

Tip: Use square brackets (on the keyboard) to quickly adjust the size of your brush. Press [or] to decrease or increase the brush size respectively.

Select the Brush icon in the Local Adjustments tool or the Cursor tool bar

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 Brush icon in the Local Adjustments tool or the Cursor tool bar.
  2. Right click anywhere in the image Viewer or click on the Brush Settings (icon circled in blue).
  3. A Brush Settings panel will appear.
  4. Now check mark the Use Pen Pressure option box.

Tip: 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.

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

Use the auto mask: Part 1

The Auto Mask function is ideal for making quick selections of defined areas such as the sky in a cityscape image or a (plain) background in a studio model shoot.

  1. Select the Brush icon in the Local Adjustments tool or the Cursor tool bar.
  2. Right click anywhere in the image Viewer or click on the Brush Settings icon.
  3. A Brush Settings panel will appear. Check mark the Auto Mask option box. 

The Auto Mask function is ideal for making quick selections of defined areas such as the sky in a cityscape image or a (plain) background in a studio model shoot

Use the auto mask: Part 2

  1. Go to the Viewer. Adjust the size of the brush and draw over the desired areas.
  2. Enlarge the zoom slider to get a closer view of the edge of your selection; in this case where the sky and buildings meet.
  3. Notice that the cursor has two circles with a cross in the middle. It is important to ensure that the inner circle only comes into contact with areas that you want included in the selection. Do NOT let the inner circle touch any areas that you want omitted from the selection; in this example, the inner circle does not touch the buildings.
  4. It is best practice to apply numerous small selections instead of a single large one. Once you’ve finished, the (semi-transparent red) mask will snap into place. In this example, only the sky is selected.
  5. If there are any unwanted parts of the mask, remove them by selecting the Erase Local Adjustments (e) brush and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
  6. Remove the semi transparent red mask by selecting the Never Display Mask from the drop down menu in the Brush tool.
  7. Make any necessary adjustments once the selection is complete. Here, the Exposure, Contrast and Saturation sliders have been adjusted.
  8. Remember to select the Background Layer to make any global adjustments to the whole image.

The Auto Mask function is ideal for making quick selections of defined areas such as the sky in a cityscape image or a (plain) background in a studio model shoot.

Copy and invert a local adjustment selection

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments tool.
  2. Select a layer with an existing mask. 
  3. Copy the local adjustment selection from one layer to another layer by clicking on the action menu (three dots) icon and selecting the Copy Mask From option.
  4. Invert a local adjustment by selecting the Invert Mask option from the action menu.
  5. Now apply any desired adjustments to this new selected area.

Invert a local adjustment by selecting the Invert Mask option from the action menu

Fill mask

The Fill Mask option (in the action menu) is ideal to quickly fill in large or intricate areas of a layer mask selection.

  1. Draw around the edge of the area that you want to select.
  2. Ensure that the selection joins up. See the example (top) photograph where there is a continuous selection around the water of this aerial coastline image.
  3. Go to the action menu icon and select Fill Mask.
  4. Now apply any desired adjustments to this selected area.

The Fill Mask option (in the action menu) is ideal to quickly fill in large or intricate areas of a layer mask selection

Draw with a particular local adjustment directly

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments Tool Tab.
  2. Select a layer in the Local Adjustments tool. (It will turn orange once active).
  3. Long press the Brush tool and select Never Display Mask from the drop down menu.
  4. Select one or more tools and set the slider to a particular value. In this example the Exposure and Contrast sliders were adjusted.
  5. Draw the local adjustment. In this example the eye (on the left) has been selected.
  6. 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.

Note: An active layer is highlighted with an orange check mark. To deselect the effects, uncheck the adjacent box.

Select one or more tools and set the slider to a particular value. In this example the Exposre and Contrast sliders were adjusted

Create a gradient mask

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments Tool Tab.
  2. Long press the Brush tool and select Gradient Mask (g) from the drop down menu.
  3. Click and drag the curser over the desired image area in the Viewer. A new layer will be automatically created.
  4. The graduation will be denser from where you first click on the Viewer and fade to the point of where you drag and release. If you're not happy with the selection, a new graduation can be made to instantly override the previous section.
  5. Adjust the sliders in the Color Editor and/or the Exposure, Sharpening, Moiré and Clarity tools as desired.
  6. A Gradient Mask can be edited by using the Erase (e) or Draw Mask (b) brush.
  7. The Gradient Mask adjustment layer can also be copied and applied to other image files.

Create a gradient mask

Learn more

Go to the Tips and Tutorial section to get expert advice including how to Add Contrast in a Local Adjustment Layer and invert a mask.