Capture One Pro 11 now available!

Capture One continues to lead the way in RAW file image editing and has faster than ever tethered capture from camera to computer. Expertise from supporting more than 400 cameras combined with our relentless dedication to creative freedom has brought recognition to Capture One’s workflow, our exceptional color handling, and precision editing tools. We develop our software with the ambition of enabling you to achieve your creative vision through a smooth, efficient workflow; making it the professional’s choice in imaging software.


This feature enables mark-up and annotation on an image for communication between photographer and retoucher when collaborating on projects. The annotations are stored as part of the settings files and so can be packed easily with EIP. A small pencil icon is used to indicate Annotated images in the Browser. The feature includes:

  • Drawing (in several colors)
  • Erase
  • Tool bar Show/hide button
  • Filters (by annotated state)
  • Include/exclude options when processing/exporting
  • Annotations in a separate Layer (see Export with Assets below)

Export/Process with Assets

Capture One 11 adds the ability to include elements of the Capture One workflow in the final file. The options to include can be configured in the recipe tab>Meta data. When used as a PSD Export, the asset will be included in its own layer.

  • Annotations

An output option is added for including the annotations in the final file. When using PSD output these are processed to a layer, providing the notes in a non-destructive overlay.

  • Crop as Path (PSD only)

This option (like ignore crop) processes the entire canvas but stores the crop from Capture One in the output file as a path. By storing the crop in a PSD path, the retoucher can reload the Art Directors’ original crop from the image at any time after retouching is concluded.

  • Process overlay as Layer

The overlay used in composition tasks can be included in the file. When working with PSD output, the overlay will be processed to it’s own layer.

  • Watermark as Layer

Watermarks can also be exported to their own layer when working with PSD output.

Improved Back-up and Restore Mechanism for Catalogs

Should the catalog need restoring from a back up, following crash or corruption the application can now assist the user in restoring the back up file from the back-ups folder automatically.

Duplicate Checker for the Importer

Designed to solve the problems of importing from reusing a partially full memory card, the importer can check the source against the document for files already imported. Using a super robust caching mechanism against the RAW data means importing the difference from the last import is easy, accurate and efficient.

Lab Readouts

Due to popular request, the Lab readouts function has been added to the application, giving Lab values at the cursor point in the image. Enable Lab readouts from the View menu.

Levels as a Layer Adjustment

Levels can now be used in conjunction with layers/masks

Color Balance as a Layer Adjustment

Color balance can now be used in conjunction with layers/masks

Create New Filled Layer

Click and hold the Create new “+” icon in the Layers tool to reveal the new option - Create new filled mask can be found here. This is useful for creating a quick filled layer for adding an overall master-grade to an image

Presets for Layer Capable Tools

The preset function (saving a tool setting for later use) is now available when working with Layers. Select the Layer, mask the area to be adjusted and then apply the preset from the hamburger menu. Note only one preset per tool can be used in a single Layer (no stacking of presets). To use multiple presets, use multiple Layers. The result will be additive.

This is particularly useful when used in combination with “Auto Adjust” tool, thereby opening a workflow of “normalization” in the Background Layer and applying a visual “offset” or “master-grade” effect on top of basic adjustments.

Styles can also be applied to the Layer* by right clicking on the layer>Apply settings from... Where the Style contains adjustments supported by Layers, the settings will be applied to those tools and thus into the mask.

*Some Styles settings are not supported or may be partially applied depending on if the Style contains an adjustment supported by a mask. As an example, if a Style contains Rotation and Exposure, Rotation will be ignored and only Exposure from the Style will be applied.

Master Opacity

Once adjustments (or a Style as described above) are applied in a mask, the “impact” of the layer adjustment can be modified with the Opacity slider. Each layer has a percentage indicator giving an overview of blending when using multiple Layers.

Feather Mask

Once a Mask is drawn, the edges can be softened by Feathering the Mask. Click the “...” menu in the Layers tool > Feather Mask to open the modal dialog. Adjust and press OK to commit.

Refine Mask Edge

Used in combination with Auto Mask. Auto Mask the target area as normal, aiming to get a tight a mask as possible. Run “Refine Mask” from the “...” menu in the Layers tool to refine the selection. This is best used in combination with the Greyscale Mask preview (especially with fine selections like hair).

Greyscale Mask Preview

Converts the preview to a Black and White image to aid masking and fine selections. Black is unmasked, White is masked and everything in between is a shade of Grey (depending on opacity). Like the existing Mask it can be toggled on/off using a short cut (Opt+M mac/ Alt+M Win) or chosen from the Brush cursor sub menu (click-hold the Brush cursor icon in the cursor palette or Layers tool.)

Expanded AppleScript (Mac)

Automation scripting is extended, with the following properties now scriptable:

  • Adjustments (Limited to those also available in SDK)
  • Layers and Layer functions
  • Adding and moving variants between collections
  • Exposure Evaluation Tool
  • Clones and variants (pick/promote/demote) • Styles/Presets
  • Export Originals
  • LCC create/apply/remove
  • Filters


The following changes are made to Token syntax in Capture One 11. Existing scripts will need updating with the new syntax in order to function in Capture One 11.

  • The syntax for tokens automation is consolidated across all tools using a new single delimiter type.
  • “/” for naming and “|” for path delimiters are no longer accepted.
  • All Tokens are now enclosed inside [square brackets] for all fields that accept tokens.
  • The field type will automatically handle if the result is a name or path.

Other changes

  • Minor changes to properties naming


  • Catalog load speed improved

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • In moving to a more layer centric theme, the Local Adjustments design and nomenclature is updated to a “Layers” terminology.
  • The concept of the small brush icon next to the tool (meaning the tool was working on selected layer) is removed, and now only indicates that the tool CAN be used on a mask if the Layer (i.e. other than Background) is selected.
  • A new default workspace is presented without the Local Adjustments tab - but the layers tool appears in each tool tab.
  • The Custom Tool Tab iconography is updated to be more usable.
  • The color editor can now “stack” overlapped layers containing color edits resulting in an additive process. This requires the variant use the 11 Engine, as set in the Base Characteristics.
  • Layer creation workflow changed. The auto-select behavior of the layer after creationis removed to prevent accidental naming of the layer. Instead the layer is highlighted after creation - to rename a layer press Return key to make the label active, enter the name, then Return again to commit.
  • Auto - The Exposure tool “Auto” only affects the Exposure slider. Now the Tool bar Auto (the big “A”) has the option to split Exposure from Brightness and contrast so that the Tool can function in the same way.