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Local Adjustments in Capture One Pro 7 | Phase One

October 31, 2019

Local adjustments can be used to work on specific areas of the image. For example adjusting the exposure or colours. Capture One Pro 7 now includes gradient
masks, auto masking and fill masking. In the following example we’ll start by using
the gradient mask to equalize the exposure between the land and the sky.
Make sure the local adjustments tab is selected
and choose the gradient mask tool by clicking and holding here or by hitting G on the keyboard. Click and draw over the image. The start point of your mask will be the area
where the adjustment will be most apparent. To see where the mask is active
hit M on the keyboard. Its indicated by the red area. Hit M again to hide the mask activation. Each mask is stored in a separate layer indicated
at the top of the local adjustments’ tool. Capture One Pro 7 can now handle
up to 10 different active layers, increased from 5 with no decrease in performance. In fact Capture One Pro 7 has an overall performance
improvement on working with local adjustments. Local adjustments can be made with the exposure,
sharpening, clarity, colour editor and moire tools. Notice the local adjustments icon
at the menu bar of the specific tool. This means that the adjustment will be
carried out on the currently selected layer, indicated here and here. Manipulate one of the available
adjustment tools to see the effect. Local adjustments can also be
made with specific masks. Start by choosing a new and empty
layer by clicking the plus icon in the local adjustments tool. The layer can be named specifically
to indicate the particular adjustment. Choose the ‘draw mask’ tool by selecting
it here or by hitting B on the keyboard. Right click on the image to select
brush parameters for drawing the mask. Note the graphics tablet for example
from Wacom are also supported with the ‘pen pressure’ option. To see the mask as you draw either hit M
on the keyboard as before or choose the ‘display mask while drawing’ option. Click and draw the mask on the image. To save time drawing larger masks, choose fill mask
from the local adjustments’ tool drop-down menu. This simply fills in the area of an outline mask. Again use any of the compatible
adjustment tools to adjust the layer. To edit the mask of any local adjustment layer,
choose ‘erase mask’ or hit E on the keyboard. Brush on the mask to adjust it. If there is a reasonable contrast definition
between the elements in the image, then the auto mask feature
can be a huge time saver. Check the auto mask feature. Draw along the edge of the element to be masked. Make sure to keep the edge between the
hard and feathered line on the brush cursor. The auto mask will now show until
the mouse or pen is released. If necessary the auto mask can then be
edited in exactly the same way as a menu mask by using the draw and erase tools.


  • Reply Steve Martin October 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    David!, Is that you? X

  • Reply Steve Martin October 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    10 Layers! in raw…. WOW!

  • Reply Steve Martin October 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    You've done this before!

  • Reply David Grover October 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm


  • Reply Bob Rockefeller March 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    If Phase One were to add curves, noise reduction and white balance, they would really have something!

  • Reply Bai Lulu May 22, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I have installed C1 version 7. on Mac pro 10.8.3. and I did update C1 every time.
    I have adjusted an image with the software and I have created an adjustment layer for a local area.
    However when I wanted to do some regulation on the adjustment layer, every step I did it took more than 5 seconds to show the result of the image. Besides, there was no layers on the local adjustment.

    I don’t want to waste time trying to fix the problem if it has been disabled.
    Can anyone help?

  • Reply Phase One May 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Graeme,
    Capture One contains a whole host of professional adjustment tools for superior RAW Conversion. So we would hope that we can serve your image adjustment needs all within Capture One.

    If there is still some aspect you need, then you could export your final file for further adjustment in Nik.

  • Reply Ilyes Bouzid July 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Totally Agree with Bob on this…I guess Bob is thinking about having these possibilities in Local Adjustments rather then Global Adjustment… I switched to C1pro from LR and miss ability to change WB, add/change color locally and I have now to do that in PS CC by using camera raw filter which is a pain, would be nice to have it in C1Pro…. so please add WB tool tab and Curve tool tab to Local Adjustments (Curves to my opinion is powerful and complement the color editor)…

  • Reply Phase One August 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi David,

    We can't reset your trial period. You can install Capture One on a new computer and try it out that way. Other than that, buy the Express 7 license and if it does not meet your expectations send us an email at [email protected] and refer to this post. I will refund your purchase.

  • Reply stellablade May 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I don't find the Auto Masking particularly good at all. It's ok for very high contrast edges but that's about it. It doesn't seem to sample the area very well. Very hit and miss. Lightroom's auto masking feature works much, much better. Mind you, that's about the only thing I prefer about Lightroom over C1.

  • Reply krzeselko May 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Radial filters….. does C1 have them? and why not…

  • Reply Alex Platts January 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I can't find the local adjustment icon.

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