Local Adjustment

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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.

Video tutorial: Local Adjustments

Learn about local adjustments in this video tutorial. (Click on the image to the right). Capture One Pro 7 comes with improved and even more powerful options for doing Local Adjustments. The non-destructive Local Adjustments let you edit selective parts of an image for unlimited creative control and results. You can handle the most common retouch jobs with a few strokes and control colors, exposure, contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpening and moiré in targeted areas of your image.

Add or Remove a New Layer

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments Tool Tab.
  2. Click plus/minus icon to create or delete a layer.
  3. Name the Layer or press return and it will be named Layer 1,2,3 etc.

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

Draw a Mask and Apply a 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 Local Adjustments and drawing over the semi-transparent red areas.
  5. Select a tool (e.g. Exposure) and adjust by dragging a slider.
  6. Remember to select the Background Layer in the Local Adjustments tool to make any global adjustments to the whole image.

Tip: Switch between the Draw and Erase brush tools by using the keyboard shortcuts b and e or simply press and hold the alt key.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Copy and Invert a Local Adjustment Selection

  1. Go to the Local Adjustments tool.
  2. Select a layer with an excisting mask. 
  3. Copy the local adjustment selection from one layer to another layer by clicking on the action menu (downward arrow) 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.

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.

Draw with a Particular Local Adjustments 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 Exposre 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.

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 your 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, Moire 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.

Find out an alternative way to create a graduation mask in Capture One 6. (The Gradient Mask is only available in Capture One 7).

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.