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Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color

Lesson 38 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color

Lesson 38 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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38. Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color


Class Trailer



What's Possible with Capture One: Quick Edit


Capture One Versions: Installation Basics


Interface Introduction and Customization


The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts


Image Management Basics


Organization Best Practices


Building your First Catalog


Image File Management Automation


Advanced Catalog Organization


How to Add Meta Data


Searching and Filtering Techniques


Further Catalog Strategies


Basic Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Advanced Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques


Basic Composing Techniques: Cropping, Rotation, Straightening


How to Correct for Perspective


Basic Tool Behavior


Tool Basics Part 1


Tool Basics Part 2


Converting to Black and White and Adding Grain


How to Apply Image Adjustments Globally


Sharpening and Noise Reduction


How to Create and Save Styles and Presets


Why Should You Shoot Tethered?


How to Set-Up Your Tethered Hardware


How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project


Basic Session Workflow Organizing And Making Selects


Basic Session Workflow Exporting


Advanced Session Workflow


Creating Selections With Smart Albums


Advanced Exporting


Saving Session Templates


Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot


Using The Color Editor Basic Color Adjustment


Skin Tone Adjustments


Color Grading Using The Color Balance Tool


Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color


Create Masks for Local Adjustments using Brushes & Gradients


Advanced Local Adjustments using Masks


Dodging and Burning in Capture One


Creating Local Adjustments with the Color Editor


How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing


How to Remove Objects in your Image


Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments


Exporting with File>Export


Export Strategies and Proofing Previews with Process Recipes


How to Export for Social Media


More Clever Tricks with Capture One Pro 10


Final Q&A


Lesson Info

Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color

So we've got an image here with a few different variations, as such. So, this is how it came out of camera. And then just playing around I got sort of around to a few sort of different looks, basically. So what we'll do is, we'll take this image as it is and actually go through a few different, or just one master edit if you like, to see exactly what the possibilities are. With color, for example. So let's open this up. This is how it came out of camera. Let's just press reset to make absolutely sure I'm not faking. So that's exactly how it came out of camera. So if we start from the top of a typical sort of image processing workflow, we can see probably, let's just go back to my default workspace, excuse me. That's better. We can see probably that exposure-wise it's not too bad but it's a little bit dark. If we look at her skin, sort of a bit more detail, probably slightly on the heavy side. So I would probably just take my exposure and just lift that up ever so much, a touch. White b...

alance wise, probably pretty happy with that. I mean we could experiment with a few different options. It depends really on what kind of look we're going for. That's as shot. And to be honest, I think I'll actually pretty much stick with that. You know you can always experiment with what potentially might look a little bit better. But I'm going as shot, like so. So simple exposure fix, easy in that respect. As I might have said in earlier lessons I tend to try and personally crop earlier on 'cause it helps me visualize exactly what's happening. So in the crop tool, if we click and hold, I'm on constrain, that's good, so I can pretty much freehand draw exactly what I want to do. Remember, you don't have to apply that crop. If I just press v on the keyboard now then that pops out to it's cropped amount, like so. So pretty happy with those sort of default corrections so far. Let's put in a bit more contrast. Remember, don't be afraid of the contrast slider. It's doing that nice job between a full on RGB contrast adjustment to somewhere in between a luminosity adjustment. So very simple to just do that. Let's take saturation down a little bit as well. Again, if you wanna preview what you've done, just option, click, and we can see just a few tweaks on the exposure to what the difference has made. High dynamic range, probably don't have to do so much for that. If I felt that my adjustments maybe made the skin a bit too hot, could just pull that back a little bit, like so. Generally, clarity I tend to try to avoid on people 'cause it can sort of exaggerate skin tone differences. Structure, certainly, is probably something that you perhaps want to avoid. But you can experiment with actually negative clarity. To sometimes just soften off the skin a little bit. Again, that might work better on a local adjustment, as well. Let's just do a tiny bit of negative clarity. Color wise we actually got some options here for sort of editing a color as well. So let's just go to our color editor. Let's decide, you know, that our background, maybe we just wanna manipulate that a bit. So if I click on the background in the advanced color edited tab, pretty sure that we're not gonna affect anything else but if we turn on view selector color range, just move that off a bit, and you see we've pretty much now, that color selection 'cause she's not wearing, you know, anything else in that same tone. Now that's real nice. If we just wanted to play around with that background very easily we could do, we could even just de-saturate it if we wanted to, but I actually quite like it, but I'm just gonna brighten it up a tiny bit, like so. We could put on ever such a small vignette, that might be nice. I'm not gonna edit her shirt at all. That looks pretty good as it was. In terms of skin tone, her skin tone's actually pretty good, to be honest. So what we could do if we just target her skin tone, if we wanted to perhaps just change the saturation and slightly just change the lightness, and remember in the skin tone tab, it's a little bit more subtle with the changes, what we can do. So we could just maybe warm that up a bit and so on. So slight increase in lightness, just to brighten up her skin a little bit, but it's very subtle. You could see if I move this slider all the way to the right, all the way to the left, it's very, very minor. You know, nice subtle changes just for skin tone. Fit to screen. That's s on the keyboard, by the way, s and d, that's a good shortcut if you're using the logic keyboard. Or indeed if you're not using a logic keyboard there's nothing to stop you using the logic set which'll give you the same shortcuts anyway, so s and d is a good one to zip between the two. So let's look at our color balance, and what could we do here. Maybe let's overall just warm it up ever so slightly. If we go kind of call our shadows, that would just put a nice tint, like so. And then highlight wise, again it's such a, an easy tool to experiment with. That's pretty much predominantly just messing the background, which you've already played with. I could lift or darken the shadows if I want to. And also with these sliders, if you wanna reset this slider, double tap and that takes us back to zero. So, not too many adjustments really, if we look at where we started. So let's say image, let's say new variant, and let's see what we've done. So that's how it came out of the camera, and that's how it's looking on the left hand side. Again, nothing sort of too drastic with the changes we've done but just a few subtle tweaks here and there we can really make a difference. And yet we haven't really done anything else, which we could do with local adjustments. Like if we wanted to, we could easily throw in a local adjustment on her skin tone, which is something we'll look at at a later lesson. A couple of, oh we've got a little blemish here so let's go to our spot tool, I missed that, and let's just take that away. If you're getting rid of spots, try to make the outer circle just by dragging it on the edge as close to the spot as possible. So we could just take away a few bits and pieces, like that. Like so. Let's just have a look at the one image, that'd be easier. So just a few little, subtle spot changes like that, and then last but not least, I say that but then I'll think of something else, let's just put in a tiny bit of grain. 'Cause all guys like me remember film and we still like the film grain, so just a nice little, subtle touch like that. So let's look at them side by side again, hide our tools, command t, so that's how we started, and that's how we ended up. So, no local adjustments just subtle tweaks here and there. Slight change of contrast, saturation, color grade, a little bit of a color edit in the background, and there we go.

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Capture One Discount Code
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Workspace Layout Visual
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Session Users Glossary of Terms
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Ratings and Reviews


This is a good overview of Capture One 10. The course is well structured and presented logically and progressively with clear and concise examples. The software is intricate and the amount of details presented will benefit from a second or third viewing, along with sufficient practice. David is an excellent teacher, slow enough to follow, fast enough to keep the listener's interest. I would agree with a previous reviewer that the shooting session was uninspired but the tethered demo was thoroughly useful nevertheless for someone to become an assistant, for instance. If you have ever used LR in this role, you will appreciate the power and stability of C1 for tethering. With regards to the comment about this class being non-creative; before you can run you have to walk and this course is all about understanding how to operate the software not about what you eventually want to do with it. Capture One is well designed, speedy and its homogeneous interface makes it easy to get to a result once you have a good knowledge of its layout and principles, compared for example with LR which is all over the place with modes, inconsistent and slow operations. Likewise, the C1 color editor is miles ahead of LR color functions, in simplicity and overall efficiency. This class is about mechanics for a reason; creativity is a parallel stream. It would have been beneficial to have a module highlighting major differences with LR for people migrating to Capture One as the word on the street is that C1 is hard. I would suggest to listen in to convince yourself of the contrary. All in all, I recommend this class; it is time well invested if you want to become more comfortable with Capture One and discover its potential.


The course is excellent and David does a nice job. However, I'm an advanced armature, not a professional. I had my own personal color darkroom, then Photoshop/Bridge, and NIK which I still use occasionally. My intention is to rely on Capture One which I purchased about 90 days ago. I would have appreciated a SIMPLE, here is how you load (Import) an image, "save" or "save as" and how to simply export an image (Variant). Yes those items are covered but, David has a tendency to casually and very quickly jump from Tool Tabs or Cursor Tools or the Tool Bar and then magically it's done and he has moved on. How did he do it. Based on David's training, I love the results I get with Capture One Pro. Yes, I know this is not Photoshop - it's much better. I never used Lightroom. I added variant to my vocabulary and I understand all the tools. I still struggle with the simple import, save, save as, and export of a image I worked on and cropped, then trying to consistently open that image as I see it in Capture One Pro. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and I don't know why. I will continue to re-review the course materials and I will figure it out. I know there is something simple I missed as David navigated the various tools and pull downs. I recommend this class but it does little for the armature. Capture One Pro is second nature to him and he knows all the ins and outs. I would help me a lot if he just add a 5 minute intro, importing an image from a folder, just crop it, then export the variant and open it in Photoshop.

Maria Baptiste

I recently purchased Capture One because I needed a RAW converter that was more dependable and also more reliable when it came to shooting tethered. I also noticed that many of the photogs I follow really enjoy using Capture One and rave about its efficiency. After looking at a few YouTube videos I decided that I needed something more thorough and of course CreativeLive delivered. This is an excellent course and David Grover is a superb instructor. His in depth and thorough knowledge of the software is obvious but his manner of speaking and the simplicity with which he provides directions makes it easy to learn Capture One and lets you appreciate a sophisticated and expertly engineered software. If you're working with Capture One 11, layers is a little different than in version 10 but otherwise everything David discusses is the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will continue to refer back to sections as needed. Thank you Creative Live and David Grover!!

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