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Transform your editing experience with a revolutionary Speed Edit tool and the most authentic color profiles yet.


Speed Edit
Revolutionize how fast you edit photos. Speed Edit lets you work seamlessly without touching a slider on the interface – simply hold down selected hotkeys and scroll, drag or use the arrow keys to make rapid edits. You can even adjust multiple photos at once for the fastest ever batch edit.

Eliminate haze and reduce flatness in your images – all in one slider. The powerful new Dehaze tool automatically adjusts contrast, saturation and other elements in flat photos.

ProStandard Profiles
Stay true to real life with the most authentic colors yet. These new camera profiles preserve original colors better than ever, protecting hues from changes caused by contrast. A lifesaver for portrait and product photography – and any image that relies on authentic color.

HEIC support
With support for HEIC files (8-bit), you can now edit photos from your Apple devices and more in Capture One.


It’s never been easier to master Capture One. With the new “Learn” button, you’ll quickly access a curated selection of tutorials designed to help you learn step-by-step. Plus, enable “Tool Tips” and hover over a tool for a quick explanation of how it works.

Faster Asset Management
It’s now faster than ever to search and browse photos in Catalogs and Sessions. And with new high-resolution thumbnails, it’s also easier to select and cull images before you even import. Plus, you can now import photos from different folders at once.

Next-level tools
Explore the complete set of professional editing features below.

Color control
Process photos with true-to-life colors tailored to your camera – then adjust them further with a full suite of color tools.


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 colors with the Advanced Color Editor. Define color ranges to adjust hue, saturation and lightness with complete precision.

True-to-life colors
Get the best possible starting point for your editing. Capture One renders RAW files with true-to-life colors that are custom profiled to all major camera brands.

Color Balance Tool
For precise color grading, use the intuitive Color Balance tool to add color tints and adjust luminosity individually for shadows, midtones and highlights.

Skin Tone Editing
Create accurate skin tones without complex retouching thanks to three Uniformity sliders for hue, saturation and lightness. Apply these as a local adjustment for maximum control.

Black and White tool
Control black and white conversion while minimizing the amount of introduced noise for a smooth result.



Details and lens profiles
Process the highest quality RAW files with the sharpest details. And minimize distortion and light fall-off thanks to custom lens profiles.


Nikon Profiles
For selected Nikon camera models, get even more editing options with built-in Nikon profiles that match the colors in your camera.

Get extensive sharpening tools to fully control the process, from Amount to Halo Suppression. Add additional sharpening to your Process Recipes so your images look their best in any size.

Noise Reduction
Get the cleanest possible images with powerful noise reduction matched to both your camera and ISO setting. And retain colors and details like never before when shooting with high ISO.

Output Proofing
Tweak your Process Recipes to perfection – quickly view the final result of each Process Recipe without processing the image first.

Simulated Film Grain
Give your photos an analog feel by adding Film Grain to your images. Choose from 6 types of grain and adjust Impact and Granularity for more control over your final look.

Eliminate moiré that arises in complex, repetitive patterns. Apply as a local adjustment for maximum control.

Lens corrections
Fix distortion, chromatic aberration and light and sharpness fall-off thanks to custom lens profiles.

Straighten the perspective by using vertical or horizontal lines with an easy-to-use Keystone tool in the viewer.



Image editing
Take creative control of your images with powerful and precise photo editing tools.


Exposure, contrast and saturation
Get powerful adjustment tools to make precise changes across exposure, contrast and saturation.

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 level
Control luminosity and contrast with levels, RGB curve and individual channel curves for red, green and blue. Plus, use the Luma curve to adjust luminosity without affecting hue and saturation.

Clarity and Structure
Get 4 methods of Clarity for different settings and use Structure to add extra definition to fine details.

Film Curves
Manage the initial look of your RAW file with different Film Curves for optimal control of your image.

Style and Presets
Make fast edits to your photos with Styles – instant looks developed by leading photographers. Capture One includes 3 Style Packs. Plus, create your own or get even more looks in the Styles store.



Layers and Masks
Focus your edits on specific parts of your image – without affecting the rest. Apply up to 16 layers and create precise masks to separate areas for editing.


Heal Brush
Remove unwanted elements fast with the Heal Brush – Capture One will automatically find the best source point to cover up your selected target.

Clone Brush
Automatically create a Clone Layer – use the Clone Brush to select the source target you want to clone.

Radial Masks
Quickly create and shape round masks with soft edges. Use them for custom vignettes, to apply creative effects or enhance the focus.

Linear Gradient
Quickly create and shape linear gradients with smooth transitions – like into the sky.

Luminosity Masking
Limit masks to a selected luminosity range to make fast, precise adjustments to your selected shadows, midtones or highlights.

Feather Mask and Refine Mask
Soften the edges of masks after drawing by dragging a slider to feather the edges – or use the Refine Edge to give your mask a more precise edge.

Grey Scale Mask
Visualize your mask without the distraction of the image by switching to Grey Scale, so you can easily catch and correct any missed areas of your mask.



From individual images to thousands of shots, stay on top of projects and files with smart management tools. Plus, get advanced settings to export different file types faster.


Lightroom Importer
Import your Lightroom Catalog directly into Capture One for a smooth switch. Your basic image adjustments and folder structures will be replicated in Capture One – without risking your original files.

Process Recipes
Export photos in different formats for different locations – all at once. With these advanced export settings, you can produce images for web, Instagram and print in one go.

Catalogs and Sessions
Use the folder structure in Sessions to organize smaller groups of files or projects – or Catalogs for large collections of images and long-term organizing in a database-driven workflow.

Sorting and culling tools
Sort images efficiently with star rating and color tagging. Enable “switch to next” to automatically switch to the next photo when you rate or tag to sort through big projects fast.

Filters and Smart Albums
Search your collections using filters – from star ratings to lens type – to find any image fast. You can also create Smart Albums based on filters for quicker access to specific photos.

Keywords and Keywors List
Manage keywords from multiple images in a few clicks – and create multiple keyword libraries to keep track.

PSD round-trip support
Capture One supports reading of layered PSD-files, so you can round-trip perfectly with Photoshop and get a smooth workflow across programs.



Workflow and performance
Get a seamless photo editing process thanks to a personalized interface and fast performance.


Customizable workspace
Design your workspace to suit you. Arrange tools and buttons anywhere you like – and hide the ones you don’t use.

Tethered Capture
Get instant live review – shoot images directly to your computer with the industry’s fastest and most reliable tethered capture.

Use Tokens in text fields to easily create folders, rename images or add watermarks with dynamic information that updates to match each image – e.g. the ISO-token updates to match an image’s ISO.

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

Annotate your images with handwritten notes and drawings – so you can jot down reminders or add notes for your retoucher. Plus, keep the annotations as a separate layer in your exported PSD file.

Copy Adjustments
Save time when batch editing by copying adjustments from one image to others. You can copy all the 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) for a smooth editing experience.

Before / After tool
Review your edits in one click. Choose between the Full View and Split Screen Slider to instantly compare your edited image to the original RAW file.

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