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Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 36 of 48

A Simple Round Trip


Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

Lesson 36 of 48

A Simple Round Trip


Lesson Info

A Simple Round Trip

Let's start off with working with other image editors and for this example we're going to use for the shop doesn't mean to say this won't work with other image editors, but obviously for the shop is very common and most likely the one that you're going to be using. So we've seen in capture one. We can do a lot of different edits and adjustments with layers and the tools and so on, but occasionally and it's a fact of life. You, of course, do need to go out to photo shop as well. And by far the easiest way to do that is by using what's often called is a round trip workflow. So going out to photo shop and then back into capture one again for your final edits and exports and so on. So there's a couple of things that you need to do to set this up toe work nicely capture one. So I'm going to use this image example we saw earlier on in the course, so we did a few edits like adjusting skin tone, and I lightened up just a little bit around the eyes as well. Oh, I'm just going to start my mouse ...

locator one second as I forgot to do that on the restart. So here we go. So Mouse located like so? So Yes, Andi, I also lined up just under the eyes as well. But now I need to do a bit more. So I want to going to finish up and do a bit of retouching. Now, before I do that, I need to set up if you like my applications that I want to work in conjunction with capture one. So if we go into our preferences and this last tab is called plug ins, we look at a plug in later on this one in particular Prodi B, which is a publishing plug in. But there will be a plugging in here which you see by default called the Open with menu. So this relates to specifically capture one applications that we want it to work with. So you can see down here. There's a complete list of all the applications installed on my Mac and I've checked on Adobe Photoshopped C C 2019 because that's the one that I want to use. Essentially whatever you check on here will show up in a list, which you'll see in a second of applications, which I can choose to edit with. So we're closed that down. So I've got my image here. You can see this is a profile like, So I'm gonna right click on it, and this could be one or more. I'm just going to do it with one. But it could be a selection of images and say Edit with. So if I choose this application, where then be able to create my final format or final file on open that up in photo shop. So let's do that. So I get a dialogue, which looks similar to the export dialog or process recipe. But it's just for this single image or if I've chosen a group of images, So let's do this time appear steep. Fight Why not? And I do full scaling, so we're not going to change the size like the process recipe. You've got similar adjustment and meta data possibilities as well. So let's do this now. If I say edit variants, you'll see in a second. There's the PSD file that's popped up and photo shop is going toe open on. Open up my image ready for continued editing. Now, I'm just gonna close this down a second because we have to understand an important distinction between edit with and you might have seen it when we just did it open with. So the main difference between these two is that when you say edit with your always gonna create an additional file. So in this case, we created the PSD file. So edit with always gives you an additional file open with will simply open that image in your chosen application. It doesn't make another file, So let's go to my PST file on. We're gonna right click, and we're just going to say open with now and we pop this open into photo shop to make this a little bit bigger. Now, this is a capture one course. So you're not gonna learn any amazing photo shop tips and tricks from me. But what you will see is how we can keep our layered file in photo shop and also work on it in capture one as well. So let's say we need to do a little bit of retouching, so I'm gonna make a new layer down hit in photo shop and call that retouch like so and you'll be out to see my terrible retouching skills. Eso let's right, click and just make this a little bit bigger. So I just do, you know, slight cleanup. So let's get rid of sample layers. Let's get rid of some of the spots and things like this and just clean up this hair and so on and so forth. So just a general bit of retouching, which I might prefer to do in photo shop and not in capture one itself. So I'm going to stop right there. And let's pretend that our retouching process for the moment has finished. So I need to close this down like so. Then we obviously want to save changes. And I'm gonna keep obviously my layers like this and we say save, maximize, compel it maximize compatibility should be left check checked on, and we say okay, once more So for the shop will save that if we go back into capture one, then it probably happened so quickly that we didn't see it, but the preview would now be updated. So if we look at, put these two side by side. So this is the photo shopped file on the right. This is the raw file on the left. So you can see I got rid of that whisker and capture one. Recognize that the image changed and updated the preview. But it happens really quickly so fast, we didn't even manage to catch it. Now what if we want to do some additional things or we want to think Well, actually, maybe I should have done this image in black and white, but I've done all this retouching on it. Now, that would be a real pain to have to go back to my role foil, change it to black and white and dual the retouching again. So there's no reason with certain limitations that you can't work on tiff files and PSD files in capture one as well. So what we could do is we could make a variant off our PSD file. So we haven't duplicated the PSD far. We've just made a virtual copy inside of capture one. So now I've got two versions that I can work with. So if I want to, I could go ahead, go into my color tool tab, turn on black and white, and then we could have a black and white version. So if I just pull around the sliders, we kid change what we want to just by darkening those barriers, color tones and for good measure, let's put in a bit of clarity as well. Now we know editing the raw file, and we know editing the PSD file. Maybe a little bit hard to get your head round again. It's a virtual copy. The funny shot file, which capture one, is just applying some instructions to Let's do another one as well. Let's also do another new variant, and we can also add layers to this one, too. So let's say I want to do a color great. And I didn't want to color grade it before I went to photo shop because maybe the clients going to change their mind or I'm going to change my mind, and I'm not quite sure what I want to do. So let's add in a new field layer and call this color grade, and we just do a quick and dirty play with the Taliban. It's too, so let's give it a bit of something. Maybe not that much. Andi, If it's a bit strong. Let's just take the capacity down. So now I've got my original for the shop file, which was a round trip. So that has the retouching. Then I decided to make a black and white version. And then we've got a slightly different version with color grade. And you know what? Let's put on some film grain as well. So it's a really great filmgoing tool in capture one. We have different types of film grain, so I'm going to go for a soft grain impact will be essentially how strong that is. And the granularity is how grainy it is. So now we've got three different choices of image to choose from. But all of a sudden I have noticed Hang on a minute on the worst retouch er in the world because I've missed something down here. I perhaps miss something here. That's a shame. I need to go and do that retouching. But remember, these are virtual copies of the PSD file, like so. So all I need to do is to right click and say open with can go back into photo shop like So. So now we've got my image opened right up I've still got my retouching layer, as you can see so I can go back into my retouching layer and I can continue to fix various other things that I want. Teoh. It's right Click and make this a bit bigger. It's fixed this one down here. As I said, I'm not gonna win any prizes for retouching. And we just do a little bit mawr for the sake of argument as well. It's an environmental portrait, so of course we don't know completely remove the aesthetics, but you get the idea. So let's see if we can be a bit quicker this time and actually see capture one. Rebuild those preview. So what I do is I go back in to capture one on where tile are three different versions up like so So we've got our original black and white and the color graded one. So what we're going to do now, we're ready to save this, So we're gonna close this down. Then we say, safe. It's good back to capture one, and then you see the preview is rebuilt. And then now it's updated all those shots. So it's just another option to allow you to perhaps save some things for after you've gone to PSD tiff or something like that. So once again, his original. Then we went to photo shop, did some basic retouching. We made a couple of virtual copies. So we have a black and white on one with color grade and some film grain. But a calls their virtual copies off that Photoshopped file said anything we do to that photo shopped file is gonna be reflected in my variance. And then, of course, as you've just seen in the earlier segment about using process recipes now capture one is going to be a much better application to do my final exports from because I could take this file and there's nothing to stop me going to my process. Recipes and exporting this as a J pick and then capture one will create the J peg from my Photoshopped file here. So if you've got 102 100 images to process in various different formats, capture one is going to be much slick it and much faster it doing that, then trying to do it from photo shop, which is not really a batch application where his capture one was designed to be a batch application. So even though we're in a virtual collection here, so I've got this album called Round Trip Work Flows automatically put that PSD next to it. So if I right click and say showing Finder, then it would take me to where that images like So it's shot by photographer Chris Gibbs and you can see it sitting alongside the raw file. So when you do a round trip, you don't have any choice about the location of the file. It always sits right next to the raw file. Once again, if we right click on this and said showing library, then capture one will go straight to the folder where it belongs. And then I can see those PSD files there as well all those virtual copies of those PSD files. Now there's a little caveat. With a round trip, what you'll find is you can't do it with the smart album, or at least it's not completely possible. So, for example, if we let's make a smart album here, so let's just make this stars and in here we're gonna, uh, right click on Let's just make a new Smart album five stars usar preset for Stow's. Okay, so now we've got our album here, which has one of our five star shots. Now, if you try and round trip from here, let's do it with this one. Ah, at it with for the show. Oh, it now did work. Now that's something which never worked in the past. So good job. I'm learning today as well, because normally it's not possible to round trip within a smart collection. But I can see now we can. So that's great. All right, well, then, no caveat required anymore. You can now do a round trip from this. My album, too.

Class Description


  • Understand the interface and terminology in Capture One Pro 12
  • Setup your workspace and shortcuts to fit your habits
  • Build a workflow and editing strategy to save time and maximize results
  • Control the dynamics of color and texture with Capture One’s RAW conversion engine
  • Tackle a wide variety of image problems with photo editing
  • Learn the new features inside Capture One Pro 12
  • Master advanced image editing techniques
  • Shoot tethered photos -- and edit as you shoot


Capture One Pro 12 allows you to seamlessly capture, organize and edit your images all in one space. But the wide variety of tools and customization options in the photo editing program from Phase One can make the software a challenge for new users.

In this course, David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert, shows you how to overcome the initial hurdles of learning this program so you can hit the ground running. From basic techniques to advanced edits, you'll learn start-to-finish photo editing and asset management inside Capture One Pro 12.

Whether you are new to Capture One, are coming from an older version of the program, or are switching from another photo editor, you'll master everything from import to export. In this class, David shares everything from workflow to editing, exporting and even shooting tethered- all the while giving you helpful examples and visual aids to drive home each lesson. By the end of this intensive course, you’ll be ready to manage and edit your photos in one streamlined process.


  • Beginner and intermediate Capture One users
  • Photographers in need of a post-processing workflow that are working with one of the more than 500 compatible camera models
  • from Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon, Phase One, and others
  • Photographers who want to enhance RAW images and make them look extraordinary
  • Photographers incorporating tethered shooting into their process
  • Professional photographers switching from another editing program


Capture One Pro 12


As a member of the software team behind Capture One, David Grover is an expert on the ins and outs of Capture One Pro 12. But with experience running weekly webinars on the photo editing software, David is also a respected educator in the industry. Shooting since the age of 16, David is both a photographer and a photo editor. He lives in the UK with his wife and two children.


  1. Interface Overview

    Get acquainted with Capture One Pro with a quick overview of the program, including where the different controls and options are located. In the first half of the class, David walks through a quick start of the software before diving into the advanced tools.

  2. Customizing Your Workspace and Keyboard Shortcuts

    Capture One Pro offers full control of your workspace, allowing you to customize where the controls are situated. Learn how to design a workspace that works for you, along with tips for creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts. In this lesson, David also notes the differences between running the image editor on Mac and on a PC.

  3. Making Your First Catalog

    With a workspace in place, begin working with your images by creating your first catalog. Learn how to create an organized home for your photos in the editing software. Here, David also shares tips for organizing images and maximizing performance.

  4. Importing Your First Images

    Add your RAW files to the catalog in this lesson, picking up tricks for including subfolders and avoiding duplicate images. Work on asset management essentials like where to save files and renaming images.

  5. Virtual Organization

    Starting Capture One Pro with a basic organization scheme will save time and trouble in the long run. Pick up basics on getting images organized inside the imaging software -- and keeping them that way. Work with moving files, managing folders, finding images on the hard drive and more.

  6. Basic Tool Behavior

    Jump into image processing by learning how the different tools work. Pick up essentials like the hidden tools for returning the settings back to zero and reviewing the before and after of just a single adjustment. By starting with an understanding of the options that comes with each type of control, you'll be better poised to diving into the nitty-gritty of photo editing.

  7. Starting Approach to Editing

    What do you edit first? Establish a basic editing workflow and optimize both your time and the image quality. Dan shares tips on which edits to tackle first and why. Work with tools like exposure and white balance, then move into levels for adjusting shadows, mid-tones, and highlights.

  8. Next Level Editing

    Continue layering on adjustments. Learn the difference between the brightness slider and the exposure slider, then move to next level tools like saturation, clarity, contrast, the RGB curve, and the luminosity curve. See a comparison between similar tools to see the difference between each one.

  9. Color Tools Overview

    Fine-tune the colors in images using the color editor and color balance tools. Learn the difference between the two options and how to use each one. Then, move into specifics like the skin tone tool and adjusting specific colors.

  10. Basic Copy Paste Workflow

    Capture One Pro includes tools to help you avoid repetitive work. See how to copy the adjustments from one image to paste them onto the next. Then, adjust the default options on how the tool works.

  11. Basic Export

    Once you are finished with a basic edit, images need to be exported for sharing or printing. Navigate the different export options like file type, recipes, and more.

  12. Getting Started on an Edit

    Capture One is good for more than just quick edits -- get started in more advanced editing tools in the second segment of the class. In this lesson, discuss topics like how much editing is too much, planning the edit, and more.

  13. Adding Layers to Your Toolkit

    In Capture One Pro, layers allow you to apply local adjustments, or changes made only to a small portion of the image. Learn how to use separate layers and masks to fine-tune an image using the brush tools and other local adjustment options.

  14. Radial and Linear Gradients

    The linear and radial gradient masks allow for creating layer masks that follow a shape for local adjustments without painting on with a brush. Work with these two types of masks to fine-tune the image through more local adjustment options.

  15. Luminosity Masking

    The luminosity mask tool adjusts images based on light, applying the masked effect to just the shadows or highlights, for example. Master this more advanced local adjustment to fine-tune the photograph.

  16. More Advanced Layers

    Now that you know how to use layers for local adjustments, see them in action. In this lesson, David walks through layer adjustments on a handful of images to demonstrate the different possibilities of these tools.

  17. Removing Simple Objects and Local Adjustments

    Learn how to remove an object from a photograph inside Capture One Pro. Using the clone and heal layers, remove distractions from images with this toolset.

  18. Advanced Color Edits

    Head back into the color editor tool and build in advanced techniques. Learn how to select and adjust specific color ranges, including helpful shortcuts.

  19. Using the Color Range to Select Just What You Need

    Put those color tools in action on sample edits. In this lesson, David demonstrates how to use the color editor tool to adjust a single object, without affecting the rest of the image.

  20. Editing Colors in General

    Expand your color editing repertoire with several real-world samples. Learn how to use the color tools to enhance the sky in a landscape image or to remove distractions in street photography.

  21. Editing Skin Tones

    Capture One Pro breaks out skin tones into a dedicated tab to better help photo editors easily work with portraits. Find out how to correct skin color to remove redness and other imperfections.

  22. Combining Color Selections with Layers

    What if you have an image with two objects that have identical color, but you only want to adjust one of them? Fine-tune your color adjustments using layers to adjust only a single area of color.

  23. Creating Masks From the Color Editor

    The same selections that you make in the color editor can be converted into masks to adjust more than just the color in that area. Unlike the color tools, this technique can be used to make a selection that adjusts other elements, like sharpness, contrast, and clarity.

  24. Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool

    Get creative with color grading by using the color balance tool. See how the tool works, then see real-life examples of the technique in action. Build your own color grading station by adding a custom tab into the workflow.

  25. Intro to Second Day

    Ahead of a live shoot, get a jump start on what's next: tethered shooting and sessions.

  26. Session Overview

    Unlike a catalog, a session is designed to organize a single event. Learn how sessions are organized, how the software manages the files, how to create a new session and more.

  27. Tethered Basics

    If you've never shot with a tether before, there are a few basics you need to know first. In this lesson, David shares beginner's tips on connecting the camera and computer for a tethered session. Then, see the camera and software prepped for the tether live.

  28. Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions

    Tethered sessions do not need to be organized into a single folder. Learn how to separate images into folders as you shoot and how to create a custom file name.

  29. Controlling the Camera

    Adjust camera options directly inside Capture One Pro. Here, David shows how to customize the tethered workspace, how to connect the camera, and how to remotely adjust camera settings.

  30. Handling Next Capture Adjustments

    Start shooting from inside Capture One, then learn how to make adjustments that will apply to all the subsequent photographs. Explore advanced options for tethered shooting.

  31. Using Live View Focusing and Overlay

    See what your camera sees while working remotely using Live View. In this lesson, David shares how to use the Live View feature, along with the Overlay option when working with composites or images with text.

  32. Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums

    With the tethered shooting session finished, choose the images from the live shoot using tools like color tags and ratings. Then, work with filtering options and smart albums.

  33. Saving a Session Template

    Starting a new tethered shoot doesn't necessarily mean starting everything over from scratch. Learn how to save a session template so you can easily re-use that organization scheme.

  34. Overview of Process Recipes

    Process recipes make exporting simple. Build your own process recipes for working with image files inside Capture One.

  35. Tokens Overview

    In Capture One Pro, tokens help organize images with metadata and keywords. Learn how to use tokens to create custom file names based on factors like when the image was shot. Use tokens to save images in specific folders based on their color tag or rating, rather than doing multiple exports.

  36. A Simple Round Trip

    Capture One Pro plays well with other image editors. Learn how to take a photo out of Capture One and into Adobe Photoshop or other programs, then bring the file back into the catalog. Work with a PSD file inside Capture One.

  37. Sharpening Workflow

    Sharpening can be adjusted in three different ways in Capture One. In this lesson, work with lens corrections to apply specific sharpening algorithms, sharpening sliders, and sharpening at the export.

  38. Creating a Recipe for Web Output

    Quickly share files online by creating your own recipe for exporting images. David walks through the options and some of the best settings for prepping images for the web as well as how to preview what the file will look like compressed.

  39. Selecting with a File Name List

    Design a process recipe for uploading to cloud storage and adding a watermark. Then, learn how to easily select images based on a list of filenames, such as when a client sends you a list of the photos that they like.

  40. Using Plugins and Sharing to Clients with PRODIBI

    Plugins can expand Capture One's capabilities. In this lesson, lean how to install plugins and how to use the PRODIBI option for online proofing and galleries.

  41. Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!

    In the final segment of the course, walk through full edits for various types of shots. In the first set, work with an image that needs just a few basic adjustments.

  42. Image 2 - Radial or Gradient Masks, Object Removal

    Continue perfecting real, RAW images with this pet shot. Work with a radial gradient mask, apply selective sharpening, and more.

  43. Image 3 - Keystone Tool and Aspect Ratio

    Correct perspective on architectural images using the Keystone tool. Then work with structural adjustments, lens corrections, and other adjustments.

  44. Image 4 - Using Styles in Capture One

    Work with styles to make quick adjustments to an entire image. Learn how to work with styles as a layer and further fine-tuning tips.

  45. Image 5 - Black and White

    Continue building your editing strategy and workflow and work with a black and white conversion. Customize the look of a black and white conversion and make monochrome-specific edits.

  46. Image 6 - Landscape

    Correct a landscape image, using tools common for the category like the Keystone tool, saturation, radial gradients, and more.

  47. Image 7 - Portrait

    Explore the tools for editing a portrait. Revisit skin tone adjustments, remove distractions and more in the edit for a casual portrait.

  48. Image 8 - Action in Lowlight

    Editing low light images is often a challenge -- see how to tackle this type of edit. Work with gradient masks, selective brightening, color grading and more. Finally, gain additional insight from student questions.



This is a superb course. David is an excellent teacher. I'm coming to the end of it and have learnt so much. I've been using the software for a year, self-learning as I went along. I had watched the odd David Grover video on YouTube, but never got much further in my understanding of the software. Capture One is brilliant software and to do it justice you need to learn it properly from an expert. Highly recommend this course if you want to produce professional results.


Excellent course and a very engaging speaker. If you are starting with Capture One 12, this is the best class to take. The lessons are presented and explained in an organized way that it shortens the learning curve. Thank you, David. Cheers!

Jino Lee

One of the best course I've purchased. Very helpful and I learned so much more with this course and in a short period of time, than all the official Capture One You Tube videos put together! Anyways David Grover is the same guy who does the Phase One C1 official YouTube videos, so there's no better person to conduct this course than him! Truly excellent and if you think you know all about C1 Pro 12 interface, wait till you watch this course.