Recompose with Ease

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There are many aides to recomposing in Capture One 7, all of which can be easily configured to your liking. These tools include the Mask, Frame, Labels, Grid and Guides.

These five items will help you precisely crop and compose with ease. Below, each of the items are explained.

  • Mask – An opacity mask, which dims the areas of the image that is cropped out
  • Frame – A thin white line around the cropped area of the image
  • Labels – Numerical tags on each axis of the crop showing the value in Pixels, Centimetres, Inches or Millimetres
  • Grid – A series of lines to assist with positioning when applying a crop
  • Guides – A vertical and horizontal line, which can be dragged into any position.
General points on cropping

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To crop an image, choose the Crop cursor tool or press “C” on the keyboard. Click and drag a crop over the image. If you haven’t changed any of the Crop options in the Capture One 7 preferences, this is what you will see. When moving the crop, the image stays centered.

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The labels at each edge show the size of the crop, as specified in the process recipe. The unit of the side lengths are configured here as well. To delete a crop quickly, you can click anywhere outside the current crop (in the Mask) once, or reset the crop tool. To create a new crop within a previous one, hold the shift key to and drag and drop the crop mask where you want it.

The labels, in the example above, are circled in orange and the grid, as well as the mask area is indicated with orange arrows. The behaviour of these elements can be changed in the Crop option on the Capture One 7 preferences.

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So for example, with regard to the Mask, you can configure the Opacity and Brightness to your liking or even completely disabled.

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The frame option will draw a thin white line around the crop edge as seen in the example below.

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By default the grid will only show when you adjust the crop, but you can change this behaviour as well as add more lines to the grid and change their color.

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Guides can be shown by clicking the icon in the toolbar or choosing View>Show Grid and Guides.

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The guides are shown as a horizontal and vertical line centered in the crop frame.  However, they can be moved to a location of your liking by hovering the cursor near to the lines and click-dragging.

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This can be a very useful feature when capturing in a tethered workflow, assisting in a precise alignment.  You can also change their position in the preferences and adjust the color.

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All the best,

Niels

 

The Image Quality Professor

Niels V. Knudsen

Niels V. Knudsen is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor. He is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in its digital imaging software.

7 thoughts on “Recompose with Ease

  1. Charles Rankin

    I found out about Phase One when I read a story about the $55.000 camera; the first question to my mind is what software are they using. That’s when I was introduce to Capture One. I have reduce my use of Adobe CC & Lightroom 5 until I lean Capture One. As a Marine disable veteran; learning to use the software make the day & time go by with a smile on my face.

    Stay blessed

    Charles

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  2. Matthew Dumouchel

    Thank you for an easy tutorial with the crop tool. However, you never covered what happens if the cursor tool doesn’t update the crop you just selected. What should I do so that my final crop takes effect?

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    1. David Grover

      Hi Matthew,

      I am not quite sure I understand your question? You don’t need to necessarily ‘apply’ the crop. As soon as you deselect the crop tool, the current crop sticks.

      Does that help?

      David.

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  3. jacek

    hello:) I have question about crop toll. previously I used lightroom. when you turn on crop in Lr you have frame with mesh/grid around image. if I will keep option (mac) and start drag any corner into centre my crop will change proportionally on every side so I am pretty sure my object is exactly in the centre – please see attached. if I have turn on grid from C1 how can I get crop exactly from centre proportionally around my item like in Lr? sorry if it’s not clear. thanks. jacek

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    1. The Image Quality Professor Post author

      Hi Jacek,

      Unfortunately we do not have such a feature. But I will take your input back to the team.
      Thanks for your input.

      All the best,
      Niels

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  4. Pravin M

    It would be a good idea to be able to add fibonacci ratio and spiral gridlines and save them or just call them up from the program. LR and PS have these options and more in their crop tools.

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