AS AN IMAGE RETOUCHER, I work predominantly with businesses to clean, refine and edit digital images to their requirements. Retouching includes cropping, correcting colour and white balance to fit a specific companies ‘look’ or brand. Other times I’m adjusting skin tones or blemishes for fashion shoots or portraits for brochures or websites.
Capture One Pro is one of the tools I predominantly use. It renders Fujifilm RAW files better than most other photographic tools on the market. Due in part, I guess, to the close working relationship between the two companies. It also gives me access to all the Fujifilm Film Simulations to quickly transform the appeal of an image.
One of the strongest and most useful aspects of Capture One, is its powerful layer functionality, as well as an endless list of other well-designed features. Most of my professional post-production work is done using Capture One Pro. As I edit with RAW files, all edits are non-destructive and can be undone.
I can easily mask areas using the dynamic linear or radial gradient masks – or just a freehand brush. The colour range mask is a superb tool also, for selecting the exact colour range within an image to edit. All masks sensitivity can be controlled with an opacity slider. There is a useful feature within the Layers tool, which allows the creation of a new layer automatically, based on the mask from an already selected area.
The Color Editor and Curve are two other tools I love. First up, I can use multiple Color and Curve Editor tools on one image. In addition, I can create a mask from a colour range selected with the Color Editor. This allows me to edit each of the Hue, Saturation and Luminosity individually.
The Capture One dynamic Luma Range mask is yet another great way to further fine-tune any mask, which can be applied to all masks. It also has Radius and Sensitivity sliders to help mask the exact range even more!
It’s impossible to describe my workflow and all the functionality in one short blog post, but I’ll endeavour to create a few more specific posts about the features I use most when editing clients work.