Color Editor

Saturation / Exposure / RGB-readouts / CMYK

The Color Editor enables users to select and adjust a narrow color spectrum without affecting other colors in an image.

Introduction

The Color Editor is available in three modes: Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone that are accessed from the tabs in the tool. Basic is created for standard editing, whereas Advanced provides a much more specialized tool for editing defined shades of color in terms of saturation, brightness, hue and smoothness.

The Color Editor is available in three modes: Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone that are accessed from the tabs in the tool

Adjust the color slice (basic)

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Basic tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker (see circled) to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction.
  4. The active slice is adjustable. Click and drag the dots (located on the outer corners of the color slice) to narrow or widen the color selection.
  5. Adjust the Smoothness* slider. 
  6. Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders as desired.

*Smoothness indicates how far in the color spectra the adjustment will be applied; this ensures that selectively changed colors get a natural look.

Adjust the color slice

Adjust individual colors (advanced) Pro

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker (see circled) to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction.
  4. Check mark View Selected Color (see circled) range to automatically desaturate all the un-selected colors in the Viewer.
  5. Pull and push the border markings dots to alter the adjustable area.
  6. Adjust the Smoothness* slider.
  7. Adjust the chosen color(s) using the Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders.
    The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer.
  8. Add more adjustments by pressing the + icon.

*Smoothness indicates how far in the color spectra the adjustment will be applied; this ensures that selectively changed colors get a natural look.

Adjust individual colors

Adjust all but one color Pro

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Advanced tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker (see circled) to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction.
  4. Check mark View Selected Color (see circled) range to automatically desaturate all the un-selected colors in the Viewer.
  5. Pull and push the border markings dots to alter the adjustable area.
  6. Adjust the Smoothness* slider.
  7. Press the Invert Slice icon. (See circled). 
  8. Adjust the chosen color(s) using the Hue rotation, Saturation and Lightness sliders.
    The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer.
  9. Add more adjustments by pressing the + icon.

*Smoothness indicates how far in the color spectra the adjustment will be applied; this ensures that selectively changed colors get a natural look.

Adjust all but one color

Save color scheme as ICC Pro

  1. Adjust all colors as desired. 
  2. Press the presets icon and choose Save as ICC Profile...
  3. Name the new ICC profile. The new ICC profile is now stored in the Profiles folder.
  4. Add the new ICC profile to other images from the Base Characteristics tool in the ICC Profile drop down menu.
    The ICC profile is found in the Other section.

Save color scheme as ICC

Save color scheme as preset

  1. Adjust all colors as desired.
  2. Press the Manage Presets icon and choose Save User Preset... from the menu.
  3. Check mark the desired preset adjustments and press Save
  4. Name the new Color Preset profile. The new Color Preset is now stored in the Color Editor folder based in the Capture One Presets folder.
  5. Access and apply the new Color Preset to other images from the Manage Presets menu. (The new Color Preset can be found under the User Presets heading).

Save color scheme as preset

Neutralizing skin tones Pro

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Skin Tone tab in the Color Editor tool.
  3. Use the Color Picker to select a color from the image in the Viewer that is in need of correction. (It may help by enlarging an area of the face/skin to a 100% image view). 
  4. Adjust the Smoothness* slider.
  5. Adjust the chosen color(s) using the Hue rotation, Saturation, Lightness and Uniformity** sliders. The color(s) will be adjusted instantly in the Viewer.

*Smoothness indicates how far in the color spectra the adjustment will be applied; this ensures that selectively changed colors get a natural look.

**Adjust the Uniformity slider to pull Hue in the direction of the picked color.

Neutralize skin tones with this tool

Learn more

Color Editor tips, advice and best practice: 

  • Working in larger areas of color will avoid giving an image an unnatural appearance.
    The slice will allow adjustments to all shades of the selected color slice.
  • The black circle indicates the picked color value, and the thin black line indicates the end of the smoothness effect.
  • It is possible to select just one slice of color from the menu below the sliders or choose global if affecting all colors at once is desired.
  • To help determine what areas are affected, check mark View Selected Color Range.
    This will desaturate all colors that are not selected.
  • The Saturation slider is created to adjust up to 80% in both directions.
    Repeatedly de-saturate 2-3 times on selected colors to get black and white areas whilst preserving other colors.
    It is possible to make up to thirty selective color changes in one image.
  • Adjust the uniformity slider to pull Hue in the direction of the picked color.
  • ICC profiles can be applied to future work, like presets.
    ICC profiles created in Capture One can be transferred to third party applications, to ensure a consistent the color space is used throughout the workflow.