Color Editing, Image Editing

The Color Editor

Capture One Pro 11

Learn how to:

✓ Select a color range and apply changes to it
✓ Use the Color Editor on Layers
✓ Create a mask from a selected color range


Length: 5:17 minutes

The Color Editor Tool is split up into three parts; Basic, Advanced and Skin Tone. They have the same overall functionality; selecting a color range and applying changes to the hue, saturation and lightness of this range.

Basic Color Editor

The Basic section of the Color Editor is split into six pre-defined ranges along with a full range covering the entire spectrum. With any of these ranges selected, the hue, saturation, and lightness can be changed for that range specifically.

Smoothness defines how much the selected range ‘bleeds’ into the surrounding colors. At 0, the selected range will be very precise, while higher values will blend any changes smoothly into the surrounding colors.

The six ranges can be tweaked in width, hereby changing the affected colors of the range. If more control is needed, the Advanced Color Editor is the solution.

Advanced Color Editor

The Advanced Color Editor works by picking a color, tweaking the range and applying adjustments to this range. Pick a color by selecting the Color Correction Picker in the tool and click on the desired color on the image. A range on the hue wheel will appear.

To adjust the range more precisely, enable ‘View Selected Color Range’. This will desaturate anything not included in the range, leaving only the colors within the range in color. Tweak the range by dragging the edges or the handles.

The width of the range determines which colors are included in the range, and the depth determines the saturation of the range. The closer to the edge, the more saturated colors are included in the range. It’s possible to, for example, include a saturated red dress without including the skin tone, which is within the same hue but less saturated. Or vice versa.

With the desired range selected, the hue, saturation and lightness can be tweaked, just as in the Basic Tab of the Color Editor. The ranges of the sliders are increased compared to the Basic Tab, providing even more control.

To add additional adjustments, simply use the color picker to select another color and repeat.

Applying to Layers

The Advanced Color Editor is supported on layers as well, making even more precise adjustments possible. For example, if an adjustment to only some of the reds in an image is needed, it can be masked on a layer with the adjustment applied.

Create a new layer, go to the Advanced Color Editor, then select the color picker and pick the desired color. Mask in the area where the adjustment is needed and start adjusting the range using the sliders. The mask can always be changed at any time if some parts need to be erased or added.

Go to the tutorial about layer adjustments to learn more about masking.

Layer from Selection

Any selected color range can also be transformed into a mask on a new layer. This makes it possible to adjust the selection using all the tools working on layers. It can, for example, be used to quickly add clarity to a specific color of the image without spending time on manual masking.

To make a new layer from the selection, go to the Action Menu of the tool (…) and select ‘Create Masked Layer from Selection’. A new layer is created and selected, ready for adjustments.

For a more detailed overview of the Color Editor, visit our help site.