Photography tools

How to use the layer and masking tools in Capture One to dramatically improve your photo editing

by Jeremy Gray

published Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:45 a.m. EST

Capture One 22 is an extremely powerful photo editor. While you can stick to basic edits using sliders, the software also includes sophisticated tools for editing colors, curves, masks, and layers. Over the past few years, Capture One’s layering capabilities have grown a lot. While using layers and masks is useful, it’s not exactly simple or intuitive for many users, myself included. It takes time to learn what you can do with layers and masks. But once you do, it will take your editing to a new level and open up a lot of possibilities for your photos.

To help users take full advantage of Capture One’s powerful layering and masking tools, Capture One Pro team member David Grover recently hosted a pair of live streams on the Capture One YouTube channel.

In the first live stream, Grover walks the viewer through the concept of layers, the different ways to draw masks in Capture One, adjusting your brush settings for localized masking, and using style brushes.

In part two of the two-part series on layers, Grover covers healing and cloning, luminosity masking, and ways to sharpen, feather, and modify layer masks.

There are many other learning resources for Capture One users on the Learning Hub on the Capture One website. If you want to watch more videos, the Capture One YouTube channel is full of tutorials and feature walkthroughs. Your editing in Capture One can be as simple or as in-depth as you want.

If you’ve never used Capture One or don’t have the latest version, you can download a free trial directly from Capture One.

Recommended Reading: Capture One 22 Announced • Capture One no longer offers brand-specific versions of its popular photo editor • Interview with Capture One CEO Rafael Orta