Cropping Images

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The Crop tool enables freehand and fixed ratio crop options. It is even possible to crop outside the image area.


The Crop tool is located in the Lens Tool Tab but you can also access it in the Cursor Tool Bar. Images can be cropped using an unconstrained or fixed ratio. To apply the crop after selection, simply switch to another cursor tool, such as the Pan or Select tool. Click the Reset adjustments button to revert to the un-cropped image.

Holding the shift key while applying a crop will ignore any previous crop. Placing the cursor close to the corner of the crop allows you to rotate the image while cropping, making it easier to compose your images.

Note that if you are using Capture One Cultural Heritage, the Crop tool have an additional Modify Crop feature that lets you change both the position and the size of a single crop or multiply cropped selections after they have been applied. Read more about the Modify Crop feature here.

Crop an image

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab, or long-press the crop tool in the Cursor Tool Bar.
  2. From the drop down menu, select the aspect ratio required or use the Unconstrained ratio, as desired. Note, the Original option maintains the aspect ratio of the initial capture.
  3. Drag a crop frame in the Viewer. Depending on your preference settings there will be a semi-transparent mask over the area that is being cropped.
  4. The orange numbers on the sides indicate the size of the cropped image.
  5. To see the applied crop in its final form, select another cursor tool.

Display Grid while cropping

The Show Grid while Cropping option will display a grid in the Viewer while you drag to adjust the cropping area. The Grid feature can be a great aid to getting the composition just right, and it is controlled by the Grid tool, please read more here.

The Show Grid while Cropping option will enable you to display the grid during cropping even when the general Grid visibility is turned off. Note how the Grid tool will determine whether the grid should follow the crop area or the entire image area with the Follow Crop option. 

Add a custom aspect ratio

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab, or long-press the crop tool in the Cursor Tool Bar.
  2. Choose Add Aspect Ratio from the Ratio drop down menu.
  3. Add a name and the ratio dimensions needed in the dialog box.
  4. Press OK. The new ratio will appear in the Ratio drop down menu.

Copy and apply a crop to one or more images

  1. Select the image that you want to copy the adjustment from in the browser. (The thumbnail will have a thick white border).
  2. Now select the image thumbnails that you want to apply the adjustment to. (The thumbnail(s) will have a thin white border in the browser).
  3. Make sure the Edit All Selected Variants is selected in the toolbar, or from the Image menu.  
  4. Press the small double-ended arrow icon (see circled). A dialog box will appear.
  5. Press Apply at the bottom of the dialog box. The adjustment will be applied to the selected images.

Crop outside the image area

  1. Go to the Lens Tool Tab.
  2. In the Crop tool, check mark the Crop Outside Image option.
  3. Now it is possible to adjust the crop area outside the image area.
  4. When another tool is selected the new crop is shown in the Viewer.

Altering the mask

Capture One offers a highly customizable mask when cropping. In the preferences under the Crop tab, note how the masked area outside the crop can be adjusted to taste. By using the Opacity and Brightness sliders, it is possible to turn the mask into a fully black or white color or any tones within those two extremes. You can also choose whether you would like to always see the two labels showing the image dimensions, show them only while dragging the crop, or never. This is done from the Show Labels drop-down menu.

Workflow basics

  • Adjust a crop by dragging the edges of the preview inwards (the cursor will turn into a two-way arrow) until the desired crop has been achieved.
  • Click within the crop boundary (where the cursor will turn into a cross) and drag the selection to move the entire selected cropped area.
  • Rotate the crop to suit by grabbing just outside the corners of the crop frame (the cursor will change to a curved arrow). 
  • The original image with the cropping mask is shown in the thumbnails.
  • Reselect the Crop tool at any time to readjust the crop settings.
  • The crop masking can be changed in Preferences. Go to Capture One>Preferences and select the Crop option to change the opacity and brightness of the mask being used.
  • Click the Reset Crop adjustments button to undo a crop and revert to the original un-cropped image.