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Capture One has been developed with image quality and ease of use in mind. Every tool is designed to give you full control of all aspects of the editing process - preserving, recovering and optimizing all information from your RAW files. The full range of tools offer extensive possibilities to always achieve perfect results.

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Exposure, contrast and saturation

Perform basic image editing with intelligently engineered tools. Contrast adjustments protects saturation and color transitions, brightness adjustments protects highlights, and saturation protects colors from burning out.

High Dynamic Range

Take total control of contrast and tone with the High Dynamic Range tool. Recover highlights, boost shadows, darken the blacks or boost the brightest areas of your photos – all in one tool.

Curves and levels

Besides the standard Levels tool, RGB curve, and individual channel curves (Red, Green and Blue), Capture One features a Luma Curve, effectively controlling the luminosity without affecting Hue and Saturation.

Clarity & Structure

Add Clarity and Structure to strenghten the impact of your image while preserving shadow and highlight details. Four methods of Clarity are available for different use scenarios. Use Structure to add extra definition to fine details.

Film Curves

The curve in Base Characteristics describes the basic tone mapping of all pixels, effectively managing the initial 'look' of your RAW file. Besides the standard curve, other curves are available, providing additional options for controlling your image.

Styles and Presets

Apply your favourite visual styles to your images. A pre-designed range of visual adjustments can be applied with few clicks using styles and presets. Select from the built-in styles packs, create your own, or install third-party styles packs. You can also choose from one of the many additional Capture One Styles Packs.

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For precise local adjustment, most tools in Capture One can be applied on layers, improving the control of every image. Apply up to 16 layers and use different brush options for precise masking. Control the impact of your local adjustments by changing the opacity of each layer.

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Radial Gradient

With Radial Masks, it’s easy to quickly shape round Masks with soft edges. Use them for custom vignettes, to apply creative effects or enhance the focus.

Linear Gradient

Get more editing precision with Gradient Masks. Make adjustments to the size, shape and symmetry of the Masks with just a few clicks and keystrokes and use them to make smooth gradients on Layers and smooth transitions into the sky – and much more.

Luminosity Masking

Create Masks like never before. Luminosity Masks allow you to narrow down any adjustment to a selected luminosity range. For example, use them to focus your shadow recovery to only the darkest shadows – or add clarity to only the lightest parts of an image.

Healing and Cloning

Need to remove unwanted elements from your images? Heal or Clone an area in your image by adding a new layer using Layers. While a Heal Layer blends with the surroundings of the target area, a Clone Layer will specifically clone the source area to the target area.

Feather Mask & Refine Mask

Softening the edges of a mask after drawing is simplified with the Feather Mask feature. Avoid having to redraw masks by simply dragging a slider to feather the edges. The Refine Edge lets you make a more precise edge on your mask. Create a clean and adjustable mask with many uses, for example, picking out hair against a background. Use with the improved Auto Mask function for precision results.

Grey Scale Mask

Visualize your mask without the distraction of the image by switching to Grey Scale. Missed areas of your mask are now easily caught and corrected.
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Asset management is important for every photographer, be it management of images from individual day-to-day jobs or large collections with thousands of images. Capture One offers tools and solutions for every type of photographer, making asset management simple, fast and effective

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Catalogs & Sessions

Whether you want to manage smaller day-to-day jobs, large collection of images or need a stand alone image editing tool, Capture One has a robust workflow that suits your way of working. Sessions are designed for most day-to-day jobs, Catalogs for large collections of images and you can even use Capture One as your stand alone image editing tool of choice.

Process Recipes

Speed up your output process. Export multiple formats and sizes at once with Process Recipes. This means you can prepare your images for web, Instagram or print – all in one export. Options for export include Ignore crop, sharpen for output, strip metadata, add watermarks – and much more.

Selecting, rating, culling

Sort images efficiently with tools for rating, color tagging and organizing images within your Session or Catalog. Plus, enable “switch to next” to automatically switch to the next photo when you rate or tag, saving you tons of time when sorting through big projects.

Filters & Smart Albums

Filter your images globally or save your filters as Smart Album with an extensive range of criteria to maximize your efficiency. It has never been easier to find every 5-star, color-tagged, portrait-oriented image shot with a 50mm lens within your current collection.

Keywords and Keyword Lists

Add and remove keywords from multiple images with simple clicks. Create multiple keyword libraries to manage different lists with ease, making keywording an integral part of your asset management workflow.

PSD round-trip support

Capture One fully supports reading of layered PSD-files, making it possible to round-trip perfectly with Photoshop providing a control of your image editing workflow.

Switching to Capture One

Capture One allows import of other 3rd party application catalogs to make migration easier than ever, maintaining folder structures and most adjustments on your images.

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From customizable tools and keyboard shortcuts to graphics acceleration and instant tethered capture; Capture One is built to minimize your workload and maximize your efficiency. Design your own workspace and find your way of working in Capture One.

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Tethered Capture

Capture One’s Industry leading tethered capture is fast, flexible and reliable, for those photography sessions where speed and accuracy is important. Shoot directly to your computer for an almost instant viewing experience - with or without instant adjustments. Enable Live View for easier composing when shooting still-life photography.


Customize your workspace to suit your workflow – tools, viewer, thumbnails and icons can be hidden, moved and resized to make it easier for you to work faster. Plus, the interface is designed to make all tools as easy to access as possible – pin your favorite tools to the top for instant access and scroll through the tools below.


Text fields for naming, destination and other inputs such as watermarking provide the option to use ‘Tokens’. Instead of static, manually written text, Tokens are dynamic and will change according to the information they are bound to. For example, the ‘ISO-Token’ will use the ISO value of each individual image as input. This enables you to easily create folders, rename or add watermarks to your images with dynamic information that changes automatically to match each image, greatly improving your workflow.

Keyboard shortcuts

Edit and organize faster with an extensive library of keyboard shortcuts – plus, customize the shortcuts further to create your ideal workflow.


Annotate your images in Capture One by adding handwritten notes and drawings directly on your images. Use it to remember what caught you in the moment, make notes to share with your retoucher, or simply jot down a reminder for yourself for later.
Include the Annotations in your exported PSD file as a separate layer for ideal flexibility.

Copy Adjustments

When working with batches, save time by copying adjustments from one image to others. Copy all adjustments, adjustments from a single tool or specific tools from the adjustments clipboard.

Graphics Acceleration

Graphics acceleration (OpenCL) utilizes the power of your graphics card (GPU) offering a smoother experience when editing, and higher performance when processing images. Accelerate your workflow from start to finish.

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Capture One is known for its exceptional handling of color. Thanks to our custom camera profiling, every RAW file shines - straight from the camera. Whether you seek creative color grading tools or want to ensure natural colors in your images, Capture One delivers powerful and precise tools to achieve your vision.

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Basic Color Editor

Edit colors fast with a compact and intuitive Basic Color Editor. Click anywhere on the photo and drag to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of any color – or adjust colors with simple sliders.

Advanced Color Editor

Get total control of your colors with the Advanced Color Editor. Define color ranges to adjust hue, saturation and lightness with complete precision.

Straight from camera

Get unmatched color accuracy straight from camera thanks to custom-made color profiles for all major camera brands. This gives you the best possible starting point to make further adjustments to any RAW file.

Color Balance Tool

The intuitive Color Balance Tool makes color grading precise, effortless and gives you the ability to adjust Hue and Luminosity individually for Shadows, Mid-Tones and Highlights.

Skin Tone Editing

Even out skin tones without the need for complex color retouching with three Uniformity sliders – Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Apply these as a Local Adjustment for maximum control.

Black & White

The Black & White tool in Capture One gives you full creative control over the conversion process, while minimizing the amount of introduced noise for a silky-smooth result.

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With image quality as the driving factor, Capture One is developed to maximize the output of every RAW file, providing the highest level of details possible. Each supported lens applies a custom-made lens profile, providing precise tools for minimizing distortion and light fall-off.

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Extensive sharpening tools provide full control of the process with control over everything from Amount to Halo Suppression. Adding additional usage dependent sharpening to your Process Recipes, for example Screen or Print output, makes sure your images look the very best, regardless of size.

Noise Reduction

Capture One’s powerful noise reduction is both camera model and ISO dependent, giving you the cleanest possible result. Retain colors and details like never before when shooting with high ISO and start your editing with better quality images – even before tweaking.

Output Proofing

Processing images for large prints is very different from processing images for social media use. Capture One enables independent process recipes saving different setups to easily achieve your desired output with one click. Each recipe can have a different image size, quality, ICC profile and sharpening among other settings. Output Proofing enables you to quickly view the final image of each recipe without having to process your image first. This makes it easier to tweak each recipe to perfection without trial and error.

Simulated Film Grain

Simulate the analogue feel by adding Film Grain to your images, choosing between six types of grain. Change the Impact and Granularity for maximum control of the final look.


Managing difficult patterns resulting in Moiré is simple and effortless. Apply as a Local Adjustment for maximum control.

Lens Corrections

Correct distortion, chromatic aberration, and light and sharpness fall-off from Capture One's extensive library of lens profiles or instantly from the manufacturer's profile.


Use Keystone to straighten vertical or horizontal lines - or both. The on-screen Keystone tool makes the process effortless to use.
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