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The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 5 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos with Capture One Pro 10

David Grover

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5. The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts


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

The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts

Capture One can be, if you wish, very keyboard shortcut driven. And I would recommend that you try to get your head round keyboard shortcuts cause it can help you work much faster and much smarter. For example, just the basic thing we saw earlier about hiding and showing the viewer. It's very natural to be scrolling through images and think, okay, I wanna look at this one and then just hide the viewer, hide the browser. It's much faster than saying View, Hide Viewer, View, Show Viewer. You know, that's very laborious compared to doing this. And you see there's no lagging in Capture One in hiding these various elements. So, you shouldn't be really afraid to make use of that. So, pretty much everything can be driven by a shortcut. The keyboard I actually have in front of me is ... If I just move this out of the way, and this out of the way. The keyboard that I have in front of me is actually ... Shall I just put that there for the camera? It's actually a specific one designed for Capture...

One by Logic Keyboard. That's another Danish company. You can buy it from Phase One Partners. So, that's where it's available. So, if you find your local Phase One partner they can source a keyboard like this for you. And really essentially it's like any other keyboard but it has some text and color coding on it. So, for example, if we look on the right hand side for shortcuts, sorry, for color tagging and star rating and so on, we sort of color code that. A lot of shortcuts are written on the keys themselves and so on. I was a bit skeptical, personally, about these cause I thought, you know, what I can't remember all the shortcuts. And you can remember some but it's kind of harder to remember the shortcuts which you don't use as frequently. To give you an example, tomorrow when we're working with Jeff and we're shooting tethered, quite a lot of recessing of counters goes on. Like resetting your capture counters, rename counters, and so on. So, I know up here that to reset my capture counter is F15. But I've also got an import counter reset, a rename counter reset, an output counter reset, and an export counter reset. So, to remember that, the Capture One is F15. Because I'm not shooting tethered a lot, then it's nice to just have that stamped on there so I can see it. And again, it can really help speed up your workflow. So, in terms of shortcuts, just move everything back, it's well worth spending a bit of time thinking about could I make my own custom shortcuts? Could I make shortcuts that I'm more familiar with? We've tried to make a shortcut set which is as close as possible to other applications. So, if I've zoomed into 100%, I can hold the space bar down and then I can scroll around quite easily. So, something obviously like that we try to mimic other applications. If you're unsure of all the shortcuts, then you can either see them next to the menu items themselves, like so, or we can say Help, Keyboard Shortcut Summary, and then will drop open a webpage and show it as well to your particular shortcuts. Can we can customize these too. Which we'll get it onto in a second. And actually, Jim is the bonus material. There's also keyboard shortcut summary for Mac and PC. You won't know all the keyboard shortcuts straightaway unless you're a genius, of course. But if you kind of try to push yourself to use keyboard shortcuts, you're gonna move through the application much, much faster. Even if you only learn the basics, like Command T to hide the tools, Command B for the browser, the squiggle underneath the Escape to hide the viewer and so on. If you wanna change any of that, and as we go through some of the exercises over the next two days, I'm gonna point to some keyboard shortcuts that you might like to add to help you. You can say Edit Keyboard Shortcuts. Like so, and this brings up the Edit Keyboard Shortcut pallet. Now, by default it will be on default like so. The default you can't actually change. So, you can always get back to the factory default. So, you have to make your own set. If you get ahold of a Logic keyboard, then we've put the actual Logic keyboard set already in the application. So, you don't have to download anything or make anything. So, there's the UK layout and a US layout. That will map exactly to the Logic keyboard. So, if I simply pick Logic UK, then it's now mapped to this keyboard. But if, for example, I want to add an additional shortcut. If we just go to, let's go to Filters cause I know this is something that we're gonna look at later. If I try to add a shortcut here, for example, it'll tell me that I can't edit the default shortcut, and we have to create our own. So, if I hit Create, I can give it a name, David's New Logic Set, for example. Say OK. And then that gives me a now editable set of shortcuts. So, if I wanted to add something here, for example, we want it to show toggle at this filter in particular, I can choose any kind of combination of modifiers. Control, Option, Command if you're on the PC. Control, Alts and all that sort of stuff. Then I can just simply pop the keyboard shortcut in there, and then it remembers that. If the shortcut's being used by something else, it'll get flagged up down here, So, if I try and put in this, for example, it's saying D is already used by 100%. So, that would just encourage you to think of something else. If you ignore that, it will overwrite it. But then you've kind of broken your other shortcut. So, it makes sense to try and think of new shortcuts. Okay, so well worth editing your various shortcuts. So if we want to look at the Default set, and just to give you a tip to kind of locate the right shortcut, let's think of something like hide and show the viewer. On the Default set, it's this really odd kind of combination, which as you saw, was Option, Command V. Which is kind of not very easy to do with one hand. So, if we did Option, Command V that would hide and show our viewer on the Default set. But that requires two hands, whereas something with the viewer you just wanna use one hand. So, the way to do it in your Edit Keyboard Shortcuts ... Let's just go back to my set. Is you find the term that you want to have based on the menu bar at the top. So, we know that Hide Viewer is under View. So, we find View here. We go to Show/Hide Viewer and then we put in the shortcut that we want to have. So, it's just located by the menu bar at the top. Like every rule, there's always some kind of exception. So, once we get to help at the end of that, we've got a few other categories here as well. Cursor Tools. So, all these cursor tools at the top. We can pick various different key commands for them as well. And then other Other, that's basically any other shortcut that kind of doesn't belong in that menu system then we can place in the other menu. So, that could be something like even changing exposure. So, if you wanna use keyboard shortcuts to bump exposure up and down, then you can do so as well. Some people like to just leave the mouse alone, leave the pen alone, sit with the keyboard, advance through images, and just use key combinations to do quick exposure adjustments and so on. I'm personally not so good at doing that, but people with a large body of work like wedding photographers that just need to tap, tap, tap, blast through images, make quick incremental changes really like being able to do that with shortcuts. So, as I said, we're dropping in and out of maybe adding the odd shortcut here and there as it makes sense through the next couple of days. But generally, if you go to Edit Keyboard Shortcuts, and then go to the Default, and then create your own, or if you've picked up a Logic Keyboard just go straight to the Logic set, and then you'll be well on the way to flying through keyboard shortcuts. As I said, having stuff written out in front of you just helps you to learn to the point where you won't even look at the keyboard. You'll just be moving around it nice and quickly, making stuff happen in Capture One without really having to think. Okay, that concludes our keyboard shortcuts. Any other questions? We're good over here, David. Okay. Great. All right. So, now you know how the interface works. You know how keyboard shortcuts works. Now, we have to think about the basics of image management.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

Capture One Discount Code
Wacom Discount Code
Tether Tools Discount Code

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Workspace Layout Visual
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Session Users Glossary of Terms
Catalog Users Glossary of Terms

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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