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

Lesson 9 of 48

Color Tools Overview


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

Lesson 9 of 48

Color Tools Overview


Lesson Info

Color Tools Overview

So far, we've looked at all things that a base sort of around exposure and contrast to some extent color with saturation. But we've yet to sort of manipulate color to any strong degree. So this is where we can look into the color told Tab whips Wrong click up here, which contains everything to do with color. Let me just switch to my color tools. So what you'll find in here is the color editor. I'm just gonna bring them out so we can see them side by side and the color balance till lets reset that. So we're back to zero, and we just make these a little bit bigger because often these two can get confused. So first of all, we're gonna look at the color editor and then later we look at the color balance, too. So the cholera deter is about picking a color and changing its appearance. So picking a red, maybe making it more orange or less saturated and so on. So that's its purpose. The color balance tour is generally Maura about creativity, so applying some kind of color grade to the image li...

ke do I want to warm it all up to some extent do I want colder shadows and warmer highlights and so on. So the color editor is exactly that. It's a tool for editing color. The color balance is more your creative friend, so it's important to have those two distinctions. Now the cholera editor is divided into basic advanced in skin tone. So for this segment, we're gonna look mostly basic and a little bit that advanced. And then when we get to later on in the course, when we look a deeper editing and color, then we can look at the advanced tab in much more detail on also the skin tone tap. But you can probably already guessed or assume that the advanced tab allows you to do much more critical color edits, which it does on the skin tone tab is designed purely for editing skin tone to brilliant all for anyone who shoots portrait or people anything like that. The skin tone tool can save you a huge amount of time in a post production work purely because it has thes two or three additional sliders, which creates skin tone uniformity. So none of us have perfect skin tone course. I have different skin tone all over my face like everyone. What the skin tone tool it in the color editor can do is basically give me a even skin tone. I could make it perfectly even, or I can, you know, balance it. So it still looks natural and not like some crazy instagram filter or whatever, but it's a brilliant tool for that. So as we're still in quick stop moat, we're just going to look at how the color red it. It'll works in the basic sense. As I said, when we move through later, we will get more advanced. So let's put color balance away. Ah, ironically, there's also the black and white, all in the color tool tab, but that guy's very easy to use. We look at that later, too. So if we go to the basic tab, zoom in on our image a little bit. You can see that is divided into these six or 7 6 different color tones. So, for example, if I wanted to you change, the reds would click in this segment. Here it also select. Sit down here and then I have the ability to modify those red colors So, for example, if we look at our great fruit and I changed the lightness, then it will make that much darker. And if I changed its saturation, then it will saturated more. So that's just in the red tones. Then equally. If I wanted Teoh, let's say that it let's go over here to maybe yellows, oranges, for example. Then we could do similar things, and they're now that's changing the color appearance on the edge of the ball, like so. So you only have these 123456 zones to play with. Now, if you're not sure what you're gonna be affecting in any particular zone, there's a really handy little addition or option down here, which we can click on a called view selected color range. So if we turn this on check box, everything goes to black and white, which is not in that range. So you can see now only the red items on the table and now showing in color, everything else has turned to monochrome. Now you do have a small amount of control over the zone, so you can see here on my red zone. It's just picking up a bit of a warmth on the crust of the bread, which is probably sneaking Maurin this direction so I can, if I hover my cursor over the segment, make this a bit bigger. So it's easier to see if I hover my cursor over the segment. I can actually make it narrower, and you see now I've limited the effect away from this portion. But the big disadvantage of the basic tab is that it's also going to affect the neighboring color. So even though I have narrowed down the red range here, I've wide in the range that sits alongside it. So there's a compromise going on here, which is why the basic tour is really only good if the color that your changing sits banging that that segment and you don't really have toe edit it, for example, so in this case we can almost get away with it. If we just drop the color tool back over here, we can almost get away with it, because if I sit into the regs segment and change the lightness, you can see that it's no big deal, really, that I can pretty much get away with it. But if I needed more critical color selections than that's where we get into the advanced side of things before we do that. Just Teoh. Clear up how the rest of the sliders work. Whips make you a bit bigger again, so we've got four sliders, which have pretty much self explanatory. You've already seen how lightness and saturation works, so that's making that chosen zone. Either brighter grapefruit gets brighter or darker, great, for it gets darker like so and saturation less saturated or more saturated. Hugh will essentially tweak the color off that zone in either direction around that circle. So if I pushed the hue in this direction or this direction, were essentially walking this little dot in each direction. So 30 degrees in one way and degrees another way. And then you can see how it affects the color, like so that excuse me now, smoothness. It doesn't relate to, like how smooth you know, the color looks or anything like that. It relates to this kind of fuzzy boundary on either side of our wedge on this controls. If you like the adjustments that roll off into the neighbouring pots of into the neighbouring color so like this that just gives me a GN to roll off into the next neighboring color. If we take smoothness down, you see it gives me very hard edge, so it will cut off the adjustment straightaway, which can lead to post a realization. And so when we look later on in the course about color editing and manipulation, you'll see how smoothness actually can be really important. But once again, you're kind of limited in the basic tap, which is why, if you can always figure out how to use the advanced up, and it's really not difficult, lets reset what we've done here and let's turn off you selected color range and we go to advanced on. People tend to get intimidated because right now I can't do anything. It'll great out. How does this work? What do I do? And it's all centered around you, defining a color range first and then making the edit. So the basic tab is pre defined ranges. The advanced tab. It's down to you. So again, if we use our great fruit as an example, if I grab the picker, click on the flesh like so it will give me a suggested range, like so with the dot in the center again, if I turn on view selected color range, we can see what's part of that. Now I can have a very broad range, so I could actually include the grapefruit and the edge of the boat. Or I could hover my cursor towards the edge and make it narrower. So it's only the grapefruit, so the range could be narrow or broad, and equally we can have an influence on the saturation range as well. So range goes in this direction, so coloring. So if we wanted to, we could have a super broad range like this, and saturation goes from the center of the circle toe out, and you can see that the color indication here is showing us more saturated colors and less saturated colors. So if we want to cut out the less saturated colors and you can see it just change in the shadow in the bowl behind, then we can do so and we can cut out the more saturated colors. So this gives us the ability toe have really narrow ranges, and you can see here in the middle where it's less saturated. We can choose to include that or cut that out. So it's way more powerful. And also you're not limited to those six or seven zones. We can have up to different pics. I'd be amazed if you ever got to but the ability to have those 30 different pics works also later, in the course, when we took about layers or local adjustments, you can also combine colored it with layers, making them even more powerful. And you can't do that with the basic tour. So, um, lets reset you and just like a couple of other examples. And then we get into much more detail when we come to the, uh, color manipulation part of the course. But once again, if you're in the advanced tab, grab the color picker. Click on the color you want to edit, turn on view, selected color range, and you're very quickly see which elements of the image it's going to effect. Like so, adjust the ranges suited so color range in this direction, as you can see when out sneaking into the petals and then saturation range in this direction. And if we zoom in, you'll see if we cut out the lower saturated range, we just lose the tips like so So it's really simple, but really powerful. And then, once you're happy with your selection, weaken, turn off you selected color range and then that it that particular color. If you want another color, grab the picker once more, click on the color and then go through exactly the same process as you did before. So don't be intimidated by the advanced tab. And, as I said, loads of examples coming up when we get to that part of the course in more detail. So that's color editor in basic now color grading. Also in basic. Let's drop away the color editor and then bring back color balance like so we make this a little bit bigger, just so it's easier for you to see. And let's just pick on one example on Let's reset this so the color balance tall is divided into a master wheel and three wheels, which is shadows mid tones and highlights. Now they're represented in this triple array like so, or you can individually play with shadows, mid tones and highlights. This tour really couldn't be simpler to use. It's really straightforward. So the idea of the master tab is that it affects the entire image. So if I grab the little center circle and pushed that in this direction, that will warm up or apply that color tint to the whole image, if I go in this direction, it will call it down somewhat. The further I go out to the edge of the circle, the stronger it is. That's all there is to it. The only difference with the three way tab is that we're now divided into shadows, mid tones and highlights, so weaken target those adjustments in different areas. So if we go back, Teoh continue on editing this image back toe the motorcycle. Then we can look at the shadows and think, Well, let's do a typical cinema sort of color grade. So I take my shadows and I would call them down somewhat or go to the TL aspect and then the highlights, which is kind of the clouds. And over here, let's make them warmer or even sort of red sky at night and then the same for the mid tones. Just warm everything up in general in the three way tab, you've got additional sliders to the right, and this relates to density. So if we pick up this one, this will make our shadows darker or brighter. It's if you like another way to affect. Contrast, a swell. So just a little tweak here we could darken our shadows a bit. Lift on mid tones and hey, presto, you've learned how to color. Great. It's really that simple. There's no mathematical numbers. There's no required knowledge of how to mix colors in curves or anything like that. It's what you see is what you get, so it's very elegant and simple to use. If you want to reset, start again, just double click, and it will take you back to the center so really simple to experiment again if we want to preview what we did in our color balance. Still, hold our option key down and click on Reset, and we can see before and after. So just a subtle change. It's a really fun tool to use. You'll probably find you end up doing a similar color grade to everything else. It gets even more awesome when we combine it with local adjustments or with layers as well, which is also coming up when we talk about that. So not only do we have the power of the color balance tool, but if we combine that on a layer, then we can decide where we want to put it. We can change a pass ity. We can do all kinds of things, combine it with other adjustments, like saturation and so on. But if you want to keep it really simple, go for it. It's such an easy in elegant tool to use, and you can use it on any image. It's not just for landscape to portray its carbon. It still works great on anything and even on a let's go back Teoh initial image, if I can find it so uh, slightly hazy one. So So this was the one we did with that different levels technique that individual channels. Now there's still, if you like somewhat, you know, a coldness in the highlights, so the color balance till you can also use for color correction. So in my highlights, I'm going to say, Well, let's just warm those up a bit and corrected so we could just take out the opposing color. So if I need to get a bit mawr, then I can pretty much do a nice job of taking that out. Because I know blue sits down here, so I just go in the opposite direction. So okey click. So before and after, maybe a bit too strong and so on. So the Taliban is still great for creative input, but also good for a color correction like that.

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.