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Basic Tool Behavior

Lesson 6 from: Get The Most Out of Your Photos With Capture One Pro 12

David Grover

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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.


Class Trailer

Interface Overview


Customizing Your Workspace and Keyboard Shortcuts


Making Your First Catalog


Importing Your First Images


Virtual Organization


Basic Tool Behavior


Starting Approach to Editing


Next Level Editing


Color Tools Overview


Basic Copy Paste Workflow


Basic Export


Getting Started on an Edit


Adding Layers to Your Toolkit


Radial and Linear Gradients


Luminosity Masking


More Advanced Layers


Removing Simple Objects and Local Adjustments


Advanced Color Edits


Using the Color Range to Select Just What You Need


Editing Colors in General


Editing Skin Tones


Combining Color Selections with Layers


Creating Masks From the Color Editor


Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool


Intro to Second Day


Session Overview


Tethered Basics


Setting Up Simple Sessions and Setting Naming Conventions


Controlling the Camera


Handling Next Capture Adjustments


Using Live View Focusing and Overlay


Selecting Images and Using Smart Albums


Saving a Session Template


Overview of Process Recipes


Tokens Overview


A Simple Round Trip


Sharpening Workflow


Creating a Recipe for Web Output


Selecting with a File Name List


Using Plugins and Sharing to Clients with PRODIBI


Image Review 1 - Sometimes Simple Works!


Image 2 - Radial or Gradient Masks, Object Removal


Image 3 - Keystone Tool and Aspect Ratio


Image 4 - Using Styles in Capture One


Image 5 - Black and White


Image 6 - Landscape


Image 7 - Portrait


Image 8 - Action in Lowlight


Lesson Info

Basic Tool Behavior

Now you can see we've got images into capture one. We could do some organization. We've customized the interface, so it's working nicely for us. So we're in a good point now if you like to start thinking about adjustments and how the tools work. But before we do that, we need to really see what kind of standard behavior that is for the various different tools as well. So let's just bring up. Let's just bring up this chap here again and look at some of the tools in capture one itself. So all of the tools, let's just pick on one and bring out the exposure tool like so, uh, capture one. Of course, like any other image editing application like this is slider based. So you grab a slider and you pull the slider in a particular direction, and it makes the adjustment. Nothing is different here about capture one some handy little short cuts, which kind of hidden a worth knowing as well. So, for example, if you've made an adjustment and you're not happy with it, and you want to get it back to ze...

ro, if we double tap anywhere on this slider bar, so anywhere along this light about it will take us back to zero. So really far simple way toe reset. If let's just mess up all these sliders. If we want to bring the entire tool back to it. Zero point, then we can click on the reset button here, and that would send everything back to defaults in this case, it if we want to preview what a tool is doing by itself, all sorry, I say an individual slider is doing within a tool that if we click and hold on the name itself, then that will give you a little before and after on that particular slider adjustment so I can see contrast is doing this just by clicking on contrast on letting go again. Reset was this little back facing arrow That's the 4th 1 across if you want a before and after of just that particular tool. Then again, if we hold our boat key down or option key if you're on a Mac and click it weaken, see before and after off those particular adjustments. Looking at the 1st 1 there's a little question mark icon. If you click that that will take you to the capture, one Web pages and to the help description off that particular tool. So if you're really stuck on something and you're not sure how the exposure toe works, then of course, one step is to click on the question mark icon, and it will take you straight to that Web page. Now we've also got a for auto up here, So if I reset this, that would give me an auto adjustment on the exposure. For example, if we bring up white balance, let's just reset it. And we say, Auto, that will give me an auto white balance, for example. The third one's like a little diagonal up down arrow. This is about copy pasting adjustments. That's something we look at a little bit later in the next segment. But that allows you to copy the values from one tool one tool only and send it across to everything else. So that can be really useful if you just want to copy the crop from one image to a whole bunch of other images or sharpening from one image to a whole bunch of other images, for example, and then reset next to that the three littler lines or apparently, hamburger menu as it's no allow you to save preset for that particular, too. So these, as I move up and down, you see the sliders wiggle and jump up and down. That's just saving a preset for that particular tool only. So if we bring up something like, uh, the color balance tool, so that's this guy here. Uh, then if we just change the various colored tints, you'll see the wheels move or the dots in the middle of the wheels move as we change that particular color balance. So presets for that particular tool only on the third and Final one is the sub venue. So three dots you'll see these appear all over capture. One. You'll see each tool has three dots next to it. Generally, it's the same, but it's like the sub menu of the tool. Sometimes there's, um, if you like hidden gold in there. Certainly when we look at the color editor later, there's a couple of functions in there which is really useful, sort of tucked away inside that sub menu. Same for the layers. Tulloch's well, if we click on that, how we've got some additional functionality in there as well. So the sub menu of the tool, potentially with some additional functionality, which you might not know is even there. And it also allows us to save default for a particular camera, too. So let's say you're finding that you're always wanting toe have, let's say, plus 10 contrast on all your images, and that's getting a bit annoying, having to sort of always put these same adjustments in. If you like your default base of adjustments, you can save that as a new default for the camera. So if we click on here, we can say savers defaults for, in this case, a nick on D 8 So if we do that, then you'll see a warning pop up that says, Do you want to apply this? Apply this toe every other D 8 50 image in your catalog, for example, or for the selected ones, I should say. But what it does mean is that forevermore. Now, when new images from Nick Andi a fifties come in, they will get this new default like so So it's just a way of setting your own base adjustments. We can always go reset the default back to the factory. Aziz. Well, okay, so most of the tools behave in a similar way. Some of the tools you'll see if I try and make the exposure to bigger so I could make it sort of longer. But it doesn't really change. You know, the dynamics of how it works. Let's just pop my parents back in there, make some space and exposure. But couple of the tools and we just show you them you can actually expand them out when they're floating tools. So if you're working on, like, four K monitors, five K monitors where the resolution's pretty, you know, pretty intense, you might find that is hard to get. Sometimes the precision edits that you need. So the color balance till we can grab the corner and we can make it bigger, so it just makes it easier. Teoh use a tall itself. So when we look at this to later on in the course, that's something you'll see me do a lot, which is bring the tool out, make it bigger. It just makes it easier to use, So that's the color balance. Still, we can change the size also the curves tool. Let's bring this go out. We can make this one bigger as well again. If you're adding, you know, curve points. It just can't be easier if the tool is a little larger. And also one of my favorite tools is the Colorado. It's a tool as well. This can be a little bit tricky. Let's just find an image with some color in it. For example, let's just go for this, and we're going to say Water white balance for a second. So if we're picking out colors, don't worry or explain how this to works. When we're adjusting like colored, it's a range and so on. It's a little bit difficult that it's small so we can actually make it much bigger. And then it becomes easier to make the head. It's on the color editor that need tohave. So some of those tools that actually work better when they're brought out of the workspace and blown up nice and big. What? I didn't mention that the stars. If you're working with dual monitors, then you can also make a workspace for that. So in the window menu you'll see an item called Viewer that will pop you out, open a second viewer. So if you do work with to work spaces, you can actually sit these tools, you know, on the second monitor permanently in their sort of noise in large state. A swell. So now that I've messed up my workspace, we can go back and just reset this to David's workspace, and they will pop back in nicely as you can see, so you'll see. Most of those tools have those same standard icons in the top right hand corner, so help also adjust copy paste, which we get to reset or temporary. Reset various different presets on the sub venue, which has some nice hidden features sometimes and the ability to save a Z new defaults as well. Now also, if we g o back up, go away exposure pop you back over here once again if we just make some simple at it to this image, and we want to see it before and after view that's also done in a similar way with this reset icon at the top. So if I hold my coat key down and click on Reset, that will give me a before and then after. So okey down or option keys you might. Now it hold that down gives me before and after. There's no other way, really in capture one to to get, you know, like a split screen view of the same image and so on. We can do something with variants for looking before and after, which we look at a bit later as well, but a very quick way to see before and after option. Click on the master reset button at the top and also up on here on the reset button. If we click on this, of course, that takes everything back to defaults. Another handy thing to know also about basic behavior is under the edit menu. We've got multiple undoes, so if you've suddenly reset, were adjustments and you think you've thrown away 20 minutes of work on an image or something like that, we can always undo. So undo. Reset takes me back to where I was before, so don't forget you know any step that you making capture one. You can always go back a swell, so Command said, you'll see that is a really good thing to know. So undo Command said so you see, if I undo now, it's actually stepping back and has undone that shadow recovery, which I put in a swell so really handy turd to know that, too. So that's pretty much how all the various sort of basic tool behavior works. Ah, the only other thing that I should mention. Let's just check. No, I think I think that's pretty much OK. So by now, as I said, you've customized interface. We've got some images into capture on itself. You've done some clever organization down here in user collections, which allows you to find your image is much, much faster. That's the benefit of using and catalog on. We know how the basic tool behavior works. Eso that gets us into a good position for editing. So I think pretty much that takes us to the end off Segment one. I just want to ask our guys in the audience, Do you have any questions? A tool on anything that we've covered so far? Oh dear. Yeah, on your your projects in your albums? Yep. Does it soar by off America? Five along is the clients under their will they salt auto sort? Uh, no, it's sort by, I guess how you have created them. We can change the order so we can bring up those into different positions. But actually, that could be a good question. No, it is actually, as you saw them. As far as I understand, I'm just checking if there's not some hidden idea as or hidden option that we can see. No, it is simply as you've ordered them. So they will come in. Like if we had think of a client creativelive. And then we add capture one, whatever. Whatever you add, IDs will be first and then second after that. It would be nice if they were sorted out for numerically, but not in this case. But I think that's also a good case for organizing this in a nice way so that you can find things quickly.

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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.

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