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

Lesson 23 of 48

Creating Masks From the Color Editor


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

Lesson 23 of 48

Creating Masks From the Color Editor


Lesson Info

Creating Masks From the Color Editor

the Colorado said, does a great job of selecting color tones, as you can see. So wouldn't it be nice if we could use the color editor to create mosques, which we can as well? So if we go to this collection and let's have a look at a couple of examples, so let's start with this one. Make sure there's no Les is there already, and so far you've seen in the color red. It said that we can change Huser saturation and lightness, but that's it. That's the scope of the color editor. But what if we wanted to change sharpness and contrast or clarity or something like that just on a particular color? That's totally possible to do so let's grab our color picker and click on the sweater here, turn on view. Selected color range. I might need to modify this ever so slightly because there's just a hint of skin tone popping in, but I reckon if I compress the range like so that's done it and maybe just take the smoothness down a bit just to make sure So I've still got a good selection. There's none of he...

r hands. All the sweaters selected looks pretty good. Now there's a couple of bits in the rocks, but we'll worry about that later. So I've got a pretty nice color selection of a sweater. But it would be nice if we could transform that into a mosque. And earlier on, I said, In this sub, many of the tools there's often some hidden gems, and this is one of thes hidden gems that create Mars layer from selection so so you can see this happen in real time. Let's drop the color tool color editor tool back over here and we say, Create Marche slave from selection so that color range will get transformed into a mosque. It's pretty quick, max. Four or five seconds said. Now that automatically created us. The layer so far press em. You can see the layabout. It's created quite so, And to visualize that better, let's do option him to look at the grayscale mosque groups like so So you can see that it's done a pretty nice mask of to sweater, but there's a couple of little bits that snuck it, but it's really easy. If I hit E for a raise, make it quite big ish and then weaken. Just get rid of that. There was a few pebbles on the beach, which was similar, I think, but pretty easy to knock those out. You, of course, might spend a bit more time than me doing it, but very quickly we end up with a nice selection like so. But if we look at the edges and in the center, it's a little bit crude and clumsy, for example. So if I was to just try and change this, if you look at the edge here, see, it's a little bit on the clumsy side. So if we were to do anything like changing the exposure, contrast or whatever you see, it's not very believable. I've got this slightly ugly edge around here, so it doesn't look as good as it could. Fortunately, again, hidden gem in the sub menu off the to or by right clicking on the layer itself, we can choose to refine the mosque on. This does a really good job of just cleaning up and improving that mosque. The best way to see it is if we're in grayscale mask mode. So if we didn't option him, so that's how my mask looks right now, so if we right click and say refine, small dialogue pops up and you saw it happen pretty quickly, we've now picked up all these fluffy bits around the edge of the mosque. So if we go to zero, that's how my mosque looks right now, as we increase the radius, that will gradually examine the sort of surrounding pixels and improve the quality of that mosque. So you see, now it's much, much better, even though it has a with these little tiny hairs and everything, it's refined that and found it super nice. So if I say a ploy and then now when we edit, it's a lot softer and a lot more believable around the edge. So now it looks much, much nicer. So I've got the ability, the ability now with that mask because this is such great material we could add, like a bit of structured to it. We can add more clarity. We could even, you know, sharpen it up a little bit, all things which are out of scope of what the cholera editor did. But because we could use the color editor to create that mask, that's much, much faster to do it. So imagine trying to draw this by hand. Where is now? We could issues the color editor to create a pretty nice mosque. Like so. What's also cool is that this works on a batch. So we've got a situation here where we've got similar Think the garment as well. Perhaps we need to edit the color a bit or again. It's great details, so we could sharpen it up a bit. So let's go to the color editor. Let's pick the 1st and we click on the shirt like so pretty willing to bet that there's no other colors that it's going to affect in the image. But let's turn on view Selected color range anyway. Nope, that's a pretty good selection. So we're for a shift. Select these three like so just check. None of these have any layers. So if I shift, select these three and say create mass lay from selection, it's going to create a mask for each image but using the same color range. So if we go like this, wait a few seconds. Now. If we look at option em, you can see we've got a mask for each one done in a batch. So if you imagine you're on some fashion shoot or whatever and you'd shot his garment or something in a variety, different situations. But we wanted to treat it in the same way that color for a mosque works on a batch really nicely. Now we have the same sort of issue as before. I would imagine that the edges are a little bit too good or just not very believable. So if I start to make an adjustment, let's say we needed to just darken it a bit. Contrast. Clarity. It's actually not too bad in this case, but it would probably benefit from the same kind of treatment, right? Click and say, Refined mosque. Give it a few seconds to work and you see it just blends in really nicely to the pixels, either side. Now this refine mask. It doesn't have to be on a mask from a color editor. You can do it on any mosque. It just happens to work or is particularly useful. Win creating mosques from the color editor. But like with your luminosity range where we have the radius and sensitivity slider, that's kind of doing the same thing. So if you remember on our Blue Marange we had the sensitivity slider. So all the way to the right is kind of the same maths that the refine mask is doing all the way to the left. That's similar kind of mass to what Feather Mosque is doing. So there's also the option hidden in the menu, too, that we can feather masks. So sometimes with the color editor, you can think What does refine mask work? Or is it better if I just fluff up the edges a bit with feather Mosque? That would just give you a nice soft mosque overall, so two different choices that you can play with. But once we get him to hide the mosque, we can do whatever we want with any tools just massed on this particular area. So it's really versatile can save you a whole bunch of time again. Imagine trying to mosque that point, hand around the edges, and then the fact that we've got also this tiny bit here is well, that would be really difficult to mosque, but it's handled impeccably by the color editor as well. A similar thing with this one super quick to do so. Color Editor. Let's reset that. Grab our picker. Let's go for the red down here. We might have to be careful as it's a skin tone, So let's view selected color range quips one set. Undo. So it's just sneaking into a skin turn a bit. But I reckon if we go in this direction, we can pretty much go isolated to just the dress. Turn this off. Create more slave from selection only takes a few seconds. Um, then if we look at our grayscale mosque, you can see we've pretty much got the dress on a bit of comical smile as well. But if we hit the for a raise, no reason why we can't just head it that quickly take out the bits we don't need and their calls again. You might spend a bit more time, but compared to trying to mask that by hand would have bean super slow and taken us a long time as well. All right, on last but not least once again, Refined mosque looks pretty good. And then now we're free to do what we want on this particular color, like so could even give her a gray dress if we want it so really powerful, really useful. Lots of situations where that comes up.

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.