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Capture One 12 introduces a new and decluttered “super flat” UI, designed primarily to make Capture One easier to use over long editing sessions. Revised iconography helps to explain basic functionality for new users. The Menu system and equivalent application functions are now also more closely aligned to help aid discovery.
As part of the new user interface, the application menu system is completely reorganized to allow for easier discovery of functionality as well as cleaner logic and function grouping. New menu items like Layer and Select allow for future expansion. Shortcut menu commands that were previously inaccessible, are now also available in the Shortcut Manager.
With over 500 individually shortcut commands, finding or learning the shortcuts can be a daunting process. The Shortcut Manager is re-designed to make using shortcuts easier than ever. Now you can search (by assigned key or by menu command) and easily add shortcuts with a more intuitive interface. The Shortcut Manager is relocated as part of the Menu system reorganization and now resides in the Edit menu > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts.
The new Luma Range mask option allows the user to create masks derived from the brightness of pixels in an image. To use the feature, draw a mask (or create a new fill mask) then press the Luma Range button. Adjust the slider in and out points to “clamp” the values on the mask to limit the range required.
Capture One’s gradient masking feature gets a serious upgrade! Gradient masks are now editable, movable, rotatable and can be made asymmetric – all using the powerful new Parametric masking engine. When adjusting the size (click+drag outer line to change size) use the Shift key to modify symmetrically or Alt key to modify asymmetrically.
The new Radial Mask tool allows for quick drawing of vignette and fall off effects. Using the same Parametric engine as Gradient Masks, Radial Masks can be adjusted, rotated and moved after drawing for maximum control. Use Shift (Mac) key to modify symmetrically.
Capture One 12 introduces a new Plug-in platform for developers wishing to build content and functionality for the Capture One community. For more information on developing Capture One plug-ins, see the developer portal on www.phaseone.com
As part of the new Plug-in platform, “Edit with…” and “Open with…” are re-factored as plug-ins. These can now be configured with your favorite applications from the Preferences menu, which will only show those applications in the respective menus.
A number of small but important user experience changes round up the Capture One 12 release:
Capture One’s automation ability is extended again based on user feedback. The following areas/properties are now addressable through scripts:
“Film Simulations” is supported in Capture One 12 for a number of Fujifilm Cameras*. These Film Simulations have been faithfully reproduced inside Capture One to give a digital experience equivalent to that of shooting with traditional Fujifilm negative and color reversal film. Fujifilm simulations can be found in the Base Characteristics tool -> Film Curve (if using a supported camera).
The supported models have a potential 16 modes available that suit various scenes and subjects. For example, “Provia””Velvia” and ”Astia” reproduce iconic Fujifilm color reversal films; “Classic Chrome” conveys the iconic look and feel of Photographic Magazines from the 1950’s; “PRO Neg.Std” and ”PRO Neg.Hi” reproduce Professional Negative Film used in Portrait Studios; and Black and White “ACROS” reproduces smooth tonality, with a higher D-Max and rich texture.