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

Lesson 6 of 48

Basic Tool Behavior


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

Lesson 6 of 48

Basic Tool Behavior


Lesson Info

Basic Tool Behavior

Now you can see we've got images into capture one. We could do some organization. We've customized the interface, so it's working nicely for us. So we're in a good point now if you like to start thinking about adjustments and how the tools work. But before we do that, we need to really see what kind of standard behavior that is for the various different tools as well. So let's just bring up. Let's just bring up this chap here again and look at some of the tools in capture one itself. So all of the tools, let's just pick on one and bring out the exposure tool like so, uh, capture one. Of course, like any other image editing application like this is slider based. So you grab a slider and you pull the slider in a particular direction, and it makes the adjustment. Nothing is different here about capture one some handy little short cuts, which kind of hidden a worth knowing as well. So, for example, if you've made an adjustment and you're not happy with it, and you want to get it back to ze...

ro, if we double tap anywhere on this slider bar, so anywhere along this light about it will take us back to zero. So really far simple way toe reset. If let's just mess up all these sliders. If we want to bring the entire tool back to it. Zero point, then we can click on the reset button here, and that would send everything back to defaults in this case, it if we want to preview what a tool is doing by itself, all sorry, I say an individual slider is doing within a tool that if we click and hold on the name itself, then that will give you a little before and after on that particular slider adjustment so I can see contrast is doing this just by clicking on contrast on letting go again. Reset was this little back facing arrow That's the 4th 1 across if you want a before and after of just that particular tool. Then again, if we hold our boat key down or option key if you're on a Mac and click it weaken, see before and after off those particular adjustments. Looking at the 1st 1 there's a little question mark icon. If you click that that will take you to the capture, one Web pages and to the help description off that particular tool. So if you're really stuck on something and you're not sure how the exposure toe works, then of course, one step is to click on the question mark icon, and it will take you straight to that Web page. Now we've also got a for auto up here, So if I reset this, that would give me an auto adjustment on the exposure. For example, if we bring up white balance, let's just reset it. And we say, Auto, that will give me an auto white balance, for example. The third one's like a little diagonal up down arrow. This is about copy pasting adjustments. That's something we look at a little bit later in the next segment. But that allows you to copy the values from one tool one tool only and send it across to everything else. So that can be really useful if you just want to copy the crop from one image to a whole bunch of other images or sharpening from one image to a whole bunch of other images, for example, and then reset next to that the three littler lines or apparently, hamburger menu as it's no allow you to save preset for that particular, too. So these, as I move up and down, you see the sliders wiggle and jump up and down. That's just saving a preset for that particular tool only. So if we bring up something like, uh, the color balance tool, so that's this guy here. Uh, then if we just change the various colored tints, you'll see the wheels move or the dots in the middle of the wheels move as we change that particular color balance. So presets for that particular tool only on the third and Final one is the sub venue. So three dots you'll see these appear all over capture. One. You'll see each tool has three dots next to it. Generally, it's the same, but it's like the sub menu of the tool. Sometimes there's, um, if you like hidden gold in there. Certainly when we look at the color editor later, there's a couple of functions in there which is really useful, sort of tucked away inside that sub menu. Same for the layers. Tulloch's well, if we click on that, how we've got some additional functionality in there as well. So the sub menu of the tool, potentially with some additional functionality, which you might not know is even there. And it also allows us to save default for a particular camera, too. So let's say you're finding that you're always wanting toe have, let's say, plus 10 contrast on all your images, and that's getting a bit annoying, having to sort of always put these same adjustments in. If you like your default base of adjustments, you can save that as a new default for the camera. So if we click on here, we can say savers defaults for, in this case, a nick on D 8 So if we do that, then you'll see a warning pop up that says, Do you want to apply this? Apply this toe every other D 8 50 image in your catalog, for example, or for the selected ones, I should say. But what it does mean is that forevermore. Now, when new images from Nick Andi a fifties come in, they will get this new default like so So it's just a way of setting your own base adjustments. We can always go reset the default back to the factory. Aziz. Well, okay, so most of the tools behave in a similar way. Some of the tools you'll see if I try and make the exposure to bigger so I could make it sort of longer. But it doesn't really change. You know, the dynamics of how it works. Let's just pop my parents back in there, make some space and exposure. But couple of the tools and we just show you them you can actually expand them out when they're floating tools. So if you're working on, like, four K monitors, five K monitors where the resolution's pretty, you know, pretty intense, you might find that is hard to get. Sometimes the precision edits that you need. So the color balance till we can grab the corner and we can make it bigger, so it just makes it easier. Teoh use a tall itself. So when we look at this to later on in the course, that's something you'll see me do a lot, which is bring the tool out, make it bigger. It just makes it easier to use, So that's the color balance. Still, we can change the size also the curves tool. Let's bring this go out. We can make this one bigger as well again. If you're adding, you know, curve points. It just can't be easier if the tool is a little larger. And also one of my favorite tools is the Colorado. It's a tool as well. This can be a little bit tricky. Let's just find an image with some color in it. For example, let's just go for this, and we're going to say Water white balance for a second. So if we're picking out colors, don't worry or explain how this to works. When we're adjusting like colored, it's a range and so on. It's a little bit difficult that it's small so we can actually make it much bigger. And then it becomes easier to make the head. It's on the color editor that need tohave. So some of those tools that actually work better when they're brought out of the workspace and blown up nice and big. What? I didn't mention that the stars. If you're working with dual monitors, then you can also make a workspace for that. So in the window menu you'll see an item called Viewer that will pop you out, open a second viewer. So if you do work with to work spaces, you can actually sit these tools, you know, on the second monitor permanently in their sort of noise in large state. A swell. So now that I've messed up my workspace, we can go back and just reset this to David's workspace, and they will pop back in nicely as you can see, so you'll see. Most of those tools have those same standard icons in the top right hand corner, so help also adjust copy paste, which we get to reset or temporary. Reset various different presets on the sub venue, which has some nice hidden features sometimes and the ability to save a Z new defaults as well. Now also, if we g o back up, go away exposure pop you back over here once again if we just make some simple at it to this image, and we want to see it before and after view that's also done in a similar way with this reset icon at the top. So if I hold my coat key down and click on Reset, that will give me a before and then after. So okey down or option keys you might. Now it hold that down gives me before and after. There's no other way, really in capture one to to get, you know, like a split screen view of the same image and so on. We can do something with variants for looking before and after, which we look at a bit later as well, but a very quick way to see before and after option. Click on the master reset button at the top and also up on here on the reset button. If we click on this, of course, that takes everything back to defaults. Another handy thing to know also about basic behavior is under the edit menu. We've got multiple undoes, so if you've suddenly reset, were adjustments and you think you've thrown away 20 minutes of work on an image or something like that, we can always undo. So undo. Reset takes me back to where I was before, so don't forget you know any step that you making capture one. You can always go back a swell, so Command said, you'll see that is a really good thing to know. So undo Command said so you see, if I undo now, it's actually stepping back and has undone that shadow recovery, which I put in a swell so really handy turd to know that, too. So that's pretty much how all the various sort of basic tool behavior works. Ah, the only other thing that I should mention. Let's just check. No, I think I think that's pretty much OK. So by now, as I said, you've customized interface. We've got some images into capture on itself. You've done some clever organization down here in user collections, which allows you to find your image is much, much faster. That's the benefit of using and catalog on. We know how the basic tool behavior works. Eso that gets us into a good position for editing. So I think pretty much that takes us to the end off Segment one. I just want to ask our guys in the audience, Do you have any questions? A tool on anything that we've covered so far? Oh dear. Yeah, on your your projects in your albums? Yep. Does it soar by off America? Five along is the clients under their will they salt auto sort? Uh, no, it's sort by, I guess how you have created them. We can change the order so we can bring up those into different positions. But actually, that could be a good question. No, it is actually, as you saw them. As far as I understand, I'm just checking if there's not some hidden idea as or hidden option that we can see. No, it is simply as you've ordered them. So they will come in. Like if we had think of a client creativelive. And then we add capture one, whatever. Whatever you add, IDs will be first and then second after that. It would be nice if they were sorted out for numerically, but not in this case. But I think that's also a good case for organizing this in a nice way so that you can find things quickly.

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.