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

Lesson 10 of 48

Basic Copy Paste Workflow


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

Lesson 10 of 48

Basic Copy Paste Workflow


Lesson Info

Basic Copy Paste Workflow

on the last basic thing that we need Teoh talk about or something that we do all the time is copy paste. So we take some adjustments from one image, and we copy them across to everything else. So if we look at a sequence off images, let's select all of these and I'm gonna reset. So, Commander, that'll reset everything back to default. So let's take the 1st 1 on. Let's do some edits. So let's just bring up the exposure of tiny bit and I'm going to reset my workspace. Open up all levels se auto levels. Hey, presto! Already looks a bit better, darkened down the mid tones a bit on. Let's have a little bit of clarity. So that's my basic at it Now. These three further images were shot under exactly the same conditions, so it makes sense. Teoh copy paste across. So let's shift. Click on Bring those up and let's put a crop on a swell. So I grabbed my crop Curse it'll and even in multi view Aiken still work with the crop as well. It's still set to square, so let's right click and say unconstrai...

ned and then added, My crop like so So I've got a crop and some adjustments that I'd like to get across to the other images Really simple. So up in the top right hand corner, we've got copy and apply. So if I click on copy and I go to the employee arrow and click, then it copies across. But you're going to say what's going on? It didn't copy the crop across. That's totally intended behaviour. So the default is is that crop is ignored in the copy paced process. So if I say undo, let's go back to where we were and look at what happens when we press copy. So I'm in the adjustments to Tampere, this one. It looks a bit like a clipboard. So when I click on copy over here, it checks on everything that is part of the image so we can see exposure levels. What else did I do? Clarity. And someone. So that's all loaded into the adjustments clipboard. But if we go to composition, you'll see that it's not checked on and again that an intended action, the reason being is that often crop can be dynamic, especially if we think of something like wedding photography, we might have 50 or 60 shots. Where the environment lighting conditions is is the same, but the crop is always gonna vary a little bit. So when I say paste over here, nothing happens with girls to the crop. Now, if you find that super annoying and in some cases it is super annoying in the adjustments clipboard tool again the sup menu, you'll find an option called Auto Select, and by default it will be on adjusted except composition. So if you want it toe also reflect the crop. We can change that to adjusted. So now if I say um, copy this time it's click on copy. Appear copy on we look a composition you see Now it's got the crop checked. So now when I press supply, it sends that crop over to the other images. Now, the nice thing is, I can also just play around and edit the crop as I see fit, even with, you know, like a multi view situation like this. So if you want the crop to be reflected, that's how to do it. Let's go back to the default and we do a couple of others, so let's grab this one. I mean, in this this situation, it would be super annoying toe have the crop because it's landscape and portrait, so it doesn't make sense. So let's bring these up similar kind of action. Almost perfect out of Cameron, Let's just had a bit of contrast orto levels on and let's have a bit of clarity. So just a little bit. And once again we say copy and look at this. When we hover over the deploy button, it's gonna be hard TOC because it's quite small. But over here on this check box, you'll see a little number pops up and it says four. So that's telling me it's going to affect four images Now. What this Tuggle does is it simply means effect all the images that is selected. So in this case, four images or only is affect the one that is the primary. So it's this funny capture one term where we talk about the primary variant that's the one with this solid white border around it, and then the other variants which of the selects. So if this is off, if I see copy paste, nothing happens because this toggle is being turned off at some point. If you're new to capture one, you will probably accidentally turn this off. We will be pressing it thinking What does that do? I Well, it doesn't do anything. I'm gonna leave it turned off on the next time you try and copy paste or you try and process 50 images, it only happens to the 1st 1 and it's really annoying and it drives you crazy. So just check that generally you want tohave this one turned on. So now when I say paste, it now goes across to everything else. But again as I change my option there. If we do copy Paste, it's not doing the crop as intended. Now you might ask, What's the point of having this stupid total? I'm gonna always wanna have it turned on on time. The answer is no. In some cases, you might not actually want it turned on. So if we bring back our viewer labels, says turned the labels on, on with it on. If I use a short cut to say, Let's look at these four images and think which one's the best? I'm going to tag it green. So I'm gonna Press seven on my keyboard. Oh, it's marked everyone green. That's super annoying, so I need to clear those tags. Eso I've got six. It's my short cut. So if I turn this off and then mark you seven on my keyboard to tag Green, you see it only happens to this one so it can be a useful toggle to turn or enough. But at some point, if you're new to capture on your turn it off and it will drive you nuts for half a day heat because you won't figure out what's going on. It also exists in the edit menu eso sort, where his image menu edit all selected variance and a handy short cut to, of course, sticking on the subject of shortcuts that copy paste action. You can also do as a short cut to so you can see here copy adjustments and apply adjustments. Shift command. See Chief, come on V again. If that doesn't make sense to you, just change it to something else in the editor. So that's copy paste everything. So as soon as you click copy that would load everything into the adjustments keyboard. You can, of course, uncheck them before pasting if you only want a few to come across. But sometimes it can be really handy to just copy one adjustment across. So let's go back, Teoh. Let's take these as an example. So let's bring up these four and actually, let's go to these four. Make more sense. So let's are going to do command off a reset research adjustments so we can start from scratch. So once again, let's do auto levels on the 1st 1 auto levels. Actually, with the selection like this will work on everything. That's a good accidental think. So what I'm gonna do is just turn that off and do auto levels. This one, let's have a bit of clarity and contrast. And so and let's also throw in a crop like so. And we going to do standard things you did before Copy paste. So that brings those across except the crop. But what if I want to copy across the crop or some other adjustment? Is Aziz well? So if I go to the crop tool itself, this is under the this tool tip here it looks like a little Lenz said, the lens to tap. If we go to the crop tool. Remember, Right back at the start of the course, we spoke about these icons on each tool, So this one is a copy pace just for that. So if I want to get the crop on this image over to the others, I can click on the little up, down arrow. See Crop is ticked, and if I say a ploy, it copies it all across like so. So if I'd change it again, let's just make a tight crop so you can see and I click copy paste and quick apply. Then it goes across. So this works for any adjustment, and it's really super useful. So let's do it again and employ. Or it could be. If you think you know what, I just want to tweet the exposure. So if I just brighten it up a little bit, copy, see? Explosion contrast is ticked and say Apply. It comes across Now. If you want to make that even faster, you can suppress that dialogue or just say, Apply straightaway by holding down shift, and if I shift, click the up and down. Then it goes a gross straight away, like so so really handy thing to know. So copy and apply up here. Copy and apply all except the crop copy and apply on any tool. Just that individual tool. Really useful for lots of reasons. You could be copy and applying metadata like keywords across exposure changes, crop and so on. So in this case, we copied across the crop and then I can just drag each one and then fix the crop. But if that crop has to be the same dimensions, that's a really simple way of doing it.

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.