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

Lesson 13 of 48

Adding Layers to Your Toolkit


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

Lesson 13 of 48

Adding Layers to Your Toolkit


Lesson Info

Adding Layers to Your Toolkit

So in the three tour tubs, which is the exposure tab and the color tab and the details tab details is where we look at sharpening and noise reduction film grain, those kinds of things in these three tabs by default. There is the layers to and the layers to is where you manage your various different players on the way a layer works is that we can create a new one with the plus key right here. And then we can draw layers on the image in a number of different ways so we can use a brush, which we look at in the second. And we can do radio masks, ingredient masks and so on so forth. So when we create a mask, let's just grab our brush right here and right click to get our parameters up. When we draw a mask on the image, it shows him red, and then any adjustment that we do. So let's just grab a bunch of exposure only happens on where we've drawn that mosque so very easily we can build up different adjustments to different parts off the image. So let's do a proper example on this'll one. Okay,...

so I'm just going to reset that. It's going to check my notes. Make sure missed anything. Okay, good. So we haven't image here. Uh, this handsome fella and we've done some base adjustments pretty much. Let's just check that we need to do anything else. So some slight shadow recovery, as you can see, exposes pretty great out of the camera. Let's just do a quick water levels and lift shadows and clarity wise. We've got some clarity in there as well. Now, in this case, let's just look at his face now, normally with skin, we don't like to sharpen and so on. But this kind of environmental portrait Whoops, Wrong short cup. But with this kind of environmental portrait, it might be nice if we give a bit of extra texture, texture and sharpness to to his skin. So, like we did before, in the quick example, I'm going to grab my brush over here. Another short cut for you to remember. That's just be for brush. Easy. If we right click, we've got a few sliders to change the parameters of the brush we're just going to use to for the moment, which is the size so big brush small brush on the hardness, so that's whether it's a soft brush or a hard brush. The reason why there's two circles is that the outer line of the circle so the very edge of the circle, that's where your rapacity is a 100% and by the time you've got to the inner circle, that's where it's now down to 0%. So that shows you how it bleeds off, essentially. So if we start drawing with this one, then you can see it's got a really soft edge. If I was to change, too, Max hardness at 100. You see, it has this really hard edges, the edges, and generally when we're masking, we want to make it as subtle as possible. So we don't want it to be obvious that we've drawn some kind of mask. We want it to look really subtle and nice. So there are images look the same, subtle and well processed, So I'm gonna soften this up and let's just do a quick mask around his face like so, and to see them ask another shortcut to remember, which is easy. Its M so M turns the mask on and turns a mosque off. So in for mosque, you can see here are in the brush selection or the various different masking tools here that the short cuts are listed next to it. So be for brush E for a raise. So if I made a little mistake, so if I went over here by accident, like a press E you see in the center of the brush, there's now a minus symbol, so I can just erase a swell. So that's the easiest, simplest way of drawing a mosque, just with the basic brush like So. So now any adjustment that I do let's go up to 100% is just going to be on that mosque. So even though it's nice and sharp as is this is an environmental portrait on this particular layer. You see, I'm one layer one. We can bring up the show opening a bit more, and we could also add Cem structure as well. And let's bring up if I zoom out. Let's also bring up the, uh, clarity a bit more as well. So you concede If I exaggerate it, it's just happening on his face, like so so this allows me to really separate out the kind of edits that we want to do. And that's just a really simple, basic example. A couple of others. Sort of good practice to get into with layers is also naming your layers, and I think the same goes for Photoshopped as well. You can end up with this big stack of layers called layer and you can never remember what they do, so to give it a name, just double click. And I could call this face clarity, for example, like something. So now I know exactly what that lay it does. If we want to see the effect, there's a small tick box next to it so we can turn that off and all, just so you can see the effect of your layer. What's also really useful for each individual layer is Thea Pass Ity slider, so that allows me to almost blend in that layer with the layers underneath it. So, at 100 maximum effect, if we drop this down to zero, that zero effect and then anything in between weaken blend that amount of adjustment in adjustment in on the layer. That can be really excuse me. That could be really useful, especially if you've bean a bit over or heavy handed. With your adjustment, you can think you know what? There was a bit too much. I just take that down a notch without having to go back and play with all my adjustments. Because if you remember on this particular mask, we did some clarity structure we could add in some contrast. For example, so two removal of those, or to lessen the effect. I've gotta go back and retrace my steps and adjust three different sliders, whereas with the A pass ity slider is just a simple case of bringing it up and down like so. So it's really Super Bowl versatile. Okay, um, a few other points about layers is that there's a limit to the number of lays. You can have a swell so under here, where the plus button is, we can add up to 16 layers and then you hit a limit. Now it's very unlikely that you'll need more than 16 layers, But just be aware that there there is that limit of 16 to remove a layer we can just go over to the minus button and just take that layer away like so as we go through, you'll also find some other options in the sub menu. As I said, often hidden things of gold in there. So we've got various different options that we come through as well as we work through working with layers. So that's one kind of layer drawing on with the brush or raising with the brush so e for a raise, Be for brush like so that's just a really simple way to had any layers onto the image. Now the two sliders we looked at so far was just the size and hardness, and there's also two others called Capacity and Flow, which we're going to get to would look a capacity just very quickly now. But essentially what capacity does is is change the strength of the adjustment. So it's pretty much the same as the A pass ity slider here, and it's kind of almost redundant now because now that we can change the capacity on the layer itself, we don't necessarily need to brush in set lays of a pass ity like. So if I was to drop this capacity slider right down and then start brushing somewhere, for example, then that would be 39% in this case of that adjustment, so it just lessens the effect. Personally, I don't have much use for it now these days, because we have another slider called Flow. Hold that thought. We're gonna look at that later on as well. Using the flow control gives you the best versatility of working with your local adjustments to so just a recap plus Teoh. Add your layer minus to remove it, and when you have be for brush, you can right click on. That allows you to change your parameters. There's a really handy little check box here, which is called Link Brush on a Razor settings. So that means when you switch between brush or a razor, he for a razor, like so it keeps those same settings for the brush tool on the arrays. It'll so if I didn't have that checked on, let's turn that off. What I would be able to do is have independent brush and a razor settings, but personally, I think it helps that if they match because in this case, when we were masking on our gentleman's face here. Like if I made a little mistake, I could just switch to a razor straight away. And it's the same feathering and softness and a pass ity, so it makes it easier to add and remove mosques straight away. So that's the basic principle off adding, Last your image very, very straightforward needn't be intimidating or anything like that. But there's lots of various other ways that we can add most to the image to.

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.