Color Balance Pro

カラーバランス / ホワイトバランス / モノクロ / スキントーン

The redesigned Color Balance tool gives you the opportunity to fine-tune image tones more easily, and offers individual control over the shadow, mid-tone and highlight areas of the image.

Introduction

The Color Balance tool enables users to get precise control of colors, hue and saturation within an image. The tool includes a Master color wheel that replicates the original tool in functionality and then options with separate color wheels for Shadow, Mid-tone and Highlight areas.

The 3-Way option displays all three Shadow, Mid-tone and Highlight color wheels for convenience, while separate, larger color wheels may be displayed independently. If space allows, the individual larger color wheels can be displayed simultaneously by triplicating the tool in the Toolbar, and each can be removed to float anywhere within the workspace, or even on a second monitor. When floating, the tool can be resized and can even retain a slightly enlarged size when replaced in the Toolbar.

Adjustments using these tools are highly localized, for example, adjustments made to highlight areas will affect mid-tones slightly but will not alter the shadows. In addition, the three new wheels have adjustment sliders for saturation and lightness. The latter slider is used for tinting (lightening) and shading (darkening) hues in the selected color range. Adjustment of Lightness maintains both hue and saturation, while lightening the highlights maintains fine gradations with a gentle roll-off. Although the saturation slider duplicates one of the functions of the color wheel, it has been provided so that it can be adjusted independently of the hue. This allows greater precision and prevents inadvertent hue changes during adjustment.

An accurate white balance should be set before you get started. Then color adjustments can be applied to create the desired mood for an image. Like other settings in Capture One, these changes can be saved as a Preset and applied to additional images.

The redesigned Color Balance tool in 8.2 includes a Master color wheel that replicates the original tool in functionality and then options with separate color wheels for Shadow, Mid-tone and Highlight areas

Adjust the color balance globally

In this mode, the tool replicates the previous color balance tool and is compatible with settings made in Capture One 5.0 and later. Note, as a result the lightness slider is deliberately disabled.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab and locate the Color Balance tool.
  2. Click on the Master tab and drag the pointer (the circular orange icon located in the center by default) around Master Color Wheel to set the desired color hue. Moving the pointer away from the center increases saturation.
  3. Fine-tune the hue by clicking and dragging the tab on the wheel, and click and drag the slider tab to the left of the wheel to adjust the saturation (the color wheel pointer will be updated automatically).

Click on the Master tab and drag the pointer (the circular orange icon located in the center by default) around Master Color Wheel to set the desired color hue. Moving the pointer away from the center increases saturation

Adjust color balance in the shadow, mid-tone or highlight areas

Setting the color balance in the shadows, mid-tones and highlights can be achieved using either the individual color wheels in the 3-Way tool, or the single wheels displayed separately under their respective tabs. Functionally, they’re the same tools, and adjusting one color wheel in the 3-Way tool will update the corresponding, separate wheel. The smaller 3-Way color wheels are offered for convenience, however the much larger individual color wheels permit greater precision. Note, fine-tuning of saturation and hue can be achieved using either the keyboard arrows, mouse scroll wheel, or by holding the shift key while dragging the circular pointer in the color wheel.

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab and navigate to the Color Balance tool.
  2. Click on the 3-Way tab to display all three color wheels, or the separate Shadow, Mid-tone or Highlight  tab to display the individual yet larger color wheels and drag the pointer (the circular orange icon located in the center by default) around the appropriate wheel to set the desired color hue. Moving the pointer away from the center increases saturation.
  3. Fine-tune the hue by clicking and dragging the tab on the wheel, and click and drag the slider tab to the left of the wheel to adjust the saturation (the color wheel pointer will be updated automatically).
  4. Click and drag the tab on Lightness slider downwards to darken the image, or upwards to lighten.

Setting the color balance in the shadows, mid-tones and highlights can be achieved using either the individual color wheels in the 3-Way tool

Reset the color balance

  • Click on the reset button (curved arrow icon) to remove the adjustments across all the color wheels (Master, 3 Way, Shadow, Mid-tone and Highlight). A warning dialog will be displayed if two or more variants are selected.
  • Press the Option (Alt) key and click on the reset button to temporarily switch between the adjusted color and the unmodified setting.
  • Cmd-click to reset the selected tab only.  Note, the 3-Way tool will be updated to reflect the reset color wheel, however, this shortcut cannot be applied from the 3-Way tab without resetting all the color wheels.
  • Double-clicking inside the color wheel resets hue and saturation, while double-clicking on the lightness slider resets that tool.

Click on the reset button (curved arrow icon) to remove the adjustments across all the color wheels (

Save as a preset

  1. Move the pointer around the Color Wheel to alter the color balance of an image. Fine-tune the Color Wheel selection using the Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders (as detailed above).
  2. Go to the Manage Presets icon to save a Color Balance for later use.

Find out more about Presets.

Go to the Manage Presets icon to save a Color Balance for later use.

Manage presets

Color presets are a quick and simple way to apply a color-style or look, however, they are relative to the image they are applied to, not absolute. This means that applying a Preset after setting the White Balance may produce unexpected results. 

  1. Select the Manage Presets menu and access some useful controls and options:
    • Access a saved preset, or delete it if unwanted.    
    • Select one of the built-in presets to instantly warm up or cool down the appearance of an image.

Go to the Manage Presets icon to save a Color Balance for later use.

Changing the color wheel layout

Capture One’s color wheels used in the Color Balance tool can be displayed with the chroma hue reference phase rotated 90-degrees to imitate a Vectorscope layout, as found on high-end video-editing software. Experience with this layout, with red near to the top, should be of benefit to anyone working with video-editing software.

  1. Go to Capture One > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows). The Preferences dialog box opens.
  2. Click on the Color tool tab.
  3. Go to Color Wheels section and select the layout from the two options. Red to the right is the default. Red close to the top imitates a a typical Vectorscope layout. The selection is made without the need to restart Capture One.
  4. To return to the default selection, repeat from step 1.