Editing Images

This section describes all the tools used in the creative process from adjustments to watermarking. Most adjustment tools in Capture One enable you to alter the whole image, as well as apply more targeted adjustments using the brush tool or gradient filter.

Capture One includes a wide range of adjustments that can be applied to images from the tools located in the tool inspectors. The adjustment tools are thought of as global but typically affect only a certain range of pixels within an image, such as the white point with the Exposure slider, and hue and saturation when making a White Balance correction. In addition to global adjustments, most of the same tools also offer the option to apply the adjustments to certain areas of an image. These so-called local or localized adjustments are applied using the same techniques adopting brush strokes to limit the selection using, for example, either a traditional mouse or interactive pen and graphics tablet.

Capture One offers two methods to apply local adjustments. The simplest and quickest is to brush on the adjustment from the Layers tool and to observe the effect on-screen as it is applied. The second adopts the same underlying technology, however you create a layer first and then a mask with a few targeted brush strokes and apply the adjustment to that. The benefit of this is predominantly organizational, however, it also offers greater control and flexibility with more complex jobs involving multiple adjustments. You can easily apply multiple adjustments to overlapping, or even the same, masked areas using individual layers. And, you can create as many as 16-layers for each image. Being organized also helps when additional repairs are needed, using the clone or heal tools. If you adopt one method only to find you would prefer the other, don’t worry; the two are in fact seamless, allowing you to switch between them at any time.

Lens Correction and Composition

Use the Lens Tool Tab to address a number of unwanted issues commonly associated with lens distortion and use tools to alter the layout by cropping, rotating and applying keystone correction.

Working with Colors

Capture One provides a number of tools to adjust colors. The tools are designed to support your workflow when handling specific issues like saturation, white balance or skin tone.

Exposure and Contrast

Use the Capture One Exposure Tool Tab to adjust exposure, contrast, brightness, saturation, levels and clarity.


The Details Tool Tab includes tools for sharpening, noise reduction, adding film grain, and both moiré and spot removal.

Styles and Presets

Capture One has a wide range of built-in Styles and Presets that not only allow you to add a visual effect to images but you can also use them to add specific adjustments and metadata to images in your daily workflow. You can also create and apply your own customized Styles and Presets.

Global Auto Adjustments

Global Auto adjustments can correct six parameters including the White Balance, High Dynamic Range, Levels and Rotation.

Layer Adjustments Pro

Capture One Pro allows you to make targeted adjustments to your images using the majority of the tools located in the tool-tabs. You can either apply adjustments directly with a few brush strokes or, when more advanced editing is necessary, create masks on multiple layers using the brush and apply adjustments retrospectively. In addition, more complex repair and retouching is available using the brush-based Heal and Clone tools.

Annotating Images Pro

Capture One Pro allows you to superimpose line drawings or sketches on images using the Annotations tool. It is intended as a visual aid when suggesting ideas for retouching.

Editing in other Applications

Editing images in third-party software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Helicon Focus, is available using the Edit With… and Open With... commands.