These five items will help you precisely crop and compose with ease. Below, each of the items are explained.
- Mask – An opacity mask, which dims the areas of the image that is cropped out
- Frame – A thin white line around the cropped area of the image
- Labels – Numerical tags on each axis of the crop showing the value in Pixels, Centimetres, Inches or Millimetres
- Grid – A series of lines to assist with positioning when applying a crop
- Guides – A vertical and horizontal line, which can be dragged into any position.
General points on cropping
To crop an image, choose the Crop cursor tool or press “C” on the keyboard. Click and drag a crop over the image. If you haven’t changed any of the Crop options in the Capture One 7 preferences, this is what you will see. When moving the crop, the image stays centered.
The labels at each edge show the size of the crop, as specified in the process recipe. The unit of the side lengths are configured here as well. To delete a crop quickly, you can click anywhere outside the current crop (in the Mask) once, or reset the crop tool. To create a new crop within a previous one, hold the shift key to and drag and drop the crop mask where you want it.
The labels, in the example above, are circled in orange and the grid, as well as the mask area is indicated with orange arrows. The behaviour of these elements can be changed in the Crop option on the Capture One 7 preferences.
So for example, with regard to the Mask, you can configure the Opacity and Brightness to your liking or even completely disabled.
The frame option will draw a thin white line around the crop edge as seen in the example below.
By default the grid will only show when you adjust the crop, but you can change this behaviour as well as add more lines to the grid and change their color.
Guides can be shown by clicking the icon in the toolbar or choosing View>Show Grid and Guides.
The guides are shown as a horizontal and vertical line centered in the crop frame. However, they can be moved to a location of your liking by hovering the cursor near to the lines and click-dragging.
This can be a very useful feature when capturing in a tethered workflow, assisting in a precise alignment. You can also change their position in the preferences and adjust the color.
All the best,
The Image Quality Professor
The digital pioneer, Niels V. Knudsen, is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor and founder of the IQP blog. Moreover, he is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in Capture One Pro.