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

Lesson 22 of 48

Combining Color Selections with Layers


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

Lesson 22 of 48

Combining Color Selections with Layers


Lesson Info

Combining Color Selections with Layers

So you saw there We needed to use a layer with the color editor with the skin tone color editor because no matter how good we are with shaping our coloring selection, we're always going to affect lips. Or maybe clothing or something like that, which we don't want is part of our adjustment. So it's really super easy to do it on the layer. So that's the same as general color. Edits Aziz. Well, so some cases you're fine, no matter how critical you are with the color editor, there's, you know there's nothing you can do about it. So if we go Teoh this image that we looked at earlier on today to open our color editor back up, Let's zoom in a little bit. So we've got grapefruit and tomatoes. Go back to advanced, click on let's say, the grapefruit here, turn on view, selected color, range and no matter what I do, even if I duel the tricks that I know like making the range smaller, playing around with saturation range, there's nothing I can do to completely eliminate the tomatoes from that equa...

tion. So for whatever reason, if I wantedto change the color of object A. It's always gonna have an effect on object. Be so, of course, the easy thing to do is just drop a quick layer. So let's reset what we did here and go to ladies. Let's make a new layer and cool this grapefruit attempt to call it great fruit. There we go. Grab a brush and I don't really have to do this with much level of accuracy because we're gonna pick within it. So if I just do a quick brush like that like so go back to my colored it up picking here. I don't even have to worry about changing this because now hopes That's interesting. That should, in theory, only be on that plan that we just check. If I didn't do anything silly, let's do that again. Call this grapefruit, Grab my brush. You should only be on this one. Let's look at the color and it's, uh, pick mine. Grapefruit. That's why a few selected color range, good teachable moment here view selected color range respects the whole image. It ignores the layer. So that's why when I had it on and I was missing around, he was happening to everything. So if I turned view. Select to color. Range off, then you see now it's only affecting where my layers. So it's a slight curiosity with view selected coloring that in theory, if I turn this on, you think it should only reflect the mast area, but it reflects the whole image. So I'd love to say I made that mistake on purpose, but I didn't. But that's just a good indication to know. So view. Selected color range. Even if you have a layer on your image, it respects the whole image. But now you can see let's just hide my mosque. I'm free to do any adjustment like so, and it's only affecting what's going on in the layers. So now if I started brushing over here, then it's going to bring that same it across, because that's also part of that color range. So if we find any other red stuff, here we go and I brush in, then that color it. It is gonna happen on that as well. Neat little trick also on this one. So the same principle. Let's say the color of this rug. It's not correct. The manufacturers complained for whatever reason, so we could click on here, turn click on the rug like so and same principle. If I just it. It's going to affect this vase to we don't the vast manufacturer complaining as well. So this is something we could do in the layer. But what I would probably do is I would do a quick new land. Let's just call this. What is it? A blanket, I suppose. Grab a brush and I would actually mosque this and then simply right click on the land and say involved. So now I'm going to affect everything except for this little bars here said. Now, if I pick on the rug slash blanket and then we can change the color appearance of it, maybe we need to tweak the huge slightly. Then we can do so without affecting this. Just a quick, speedy trick was probably faster than tryingto brush anywhere, which had this'll rock. So layer plus color editor, much more powerful give you another example. So nice shot of Ah, watch here. Now this is already has got tons of layers on it, so let's grab a fresh virgin one like so. So if we pick what I want to brighten up the mental block, not dial hands, hands on the clock face. Then, first of all, we would pick this. Go to the hands. Now, if I change this, you can also see. Of course, that strap, unfortunately, is changing as well. When the numbers around the outside So once again we can do a quick, simple, quick and dirty mosque doesn't have to be particularly accurate. Oh, by the way, good thing to mention if you don't have a layer created if you start brushing, one will get created automatically. So the 1st 1 always gets created automatically, if you wish. So if I do a quick, quick and dirty mask like that, grab my picker, click on the hands. And then now I'm free to mess around with the color of this without affecting anything else. Like so even with a quick, rough mosque like that. Okay, so if you need more accuracy than it's simply a case of combining those two together, so a layer plus you color it it. And really, if you're using layers, you don't have to spend any time kind of messing around with the range too much because you've already restricted it with a quick and simple layer as well. One more example and then we move on. So let's say off, Sir, Flight were not very happy with the color of how the wetsuit looks. If you're editing red, there's always a chance you're going to pick up on the skin tone. So if we choose it here and then we start playing with it, say we're probably always going to affect the skin tone to some extent. So what I would do rather than sort of masking like all the panels that I would see I would do. What we did with the balls is think about. I want to protect this. So this is the no go zone. We don't have any color editing going on here and then flip it by right clicking and saying, Invert mosque like so So this is now the safe zone. So if I go back to my color editor, click on the red once more now we can manipulate that. No problem. It'll it's all working nicely. Oh, and I need a few more safe zones here, so if I grab my raised brush, we can take out skin tone here is well, for example, what? That and down here as well again don't have to be super accurate because there's nothing that's close to read, like there's no red in the sea or anything like this. So now we've done a nice at it on the wet suit, like so but without affecting anything else. Your happy surf life is happy and so on, so a couple of tricks like that could work quite nicely. Sometimes it's easier to not mask the things you want to edit. Like to mask all the panels would have taken me a while. It's just easier to knock out the things you don't want and then inverted likes him.

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.