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Capture One 21 – Update 14.3.0 – NEW Magic Brush & More

Capture One 21 has released a new update version 14.3.0, introducing a brand new masking tool called the ‘Magic Brush’ and other user interface improvements, bug fixes and added camera support.

New features/Improvements

Magic Brush tool

The Magic Brush tool is an incredibly exciting masking tool that will absolutely speed up your work flow when you want to rapidly create complex masks on your images. We are so happy to see it finally introduced to Capture One!

Find the Magic Brush in the Layers Tool or in the Cursor Tools menu. If you already have some adjustment layers open on the image you’re working on make sure you create a new adjustment layer. If there are no layers currently made then one will be created automatically once you use the Magic Brush.

With the Magic Brush selected, draw onto an area of the image that you wish to mask (ensuring the tool does not overlap and touch an area you do not want included in the mask) and watch the magic unfold! The the tool will find all the surrounding similar pixels and mask them, doing so up until it hits an edge in the pixels. Here we have masked the trees and adjusted them to a more autumn colour, this quite literally took seconds with the Magic Brush tool!

Brush Settings

Size determines the size of the brush. 

Opacity determines the opacity of the mask created by the Magic Brush. 

Tolerance determines the range of colors the mask will cover. A low Tolerance value will restrict the mask to similar colors, while a high Tolerance value will pick up a wider range of colors when creating the mask. 

Refine Edge determines how the edge of the created mask will blend in with the surroundings. A low value will result in a hard, defined edge, while a higher value will create a mask with a softer, more content-aware edge. 

Sample Entire Photo (tick box at the bottom of the tab) determines if the mask will be restricted by edges. If enabled, the mask will cover all areas of the colour that is being brushed on, regardless of whether the areas are connected (continuous) or not. 

By default, the Magic Brush shares the same keyboard shortcut as the Adjustment Brush, B. To toggle between the brushes, hold down Shift while pressing B

Improved Exporter

Simplified layout

There used to be two ways to export your images from Capture One, either by clicking the export button in the top left or by using process recipes. Having two export methods that were completely disconnected from each other wasn’t an incredibly intuitive design, and it seems Capture One have recognised that! As they have now simplified the process and moved everything into a singular export dialogue, similar to the layout of the import dialogue but of course, for export. Just click the export button to access the new export dialogue.

‘Process Recipes’ now called ‘Export Recipes’

Don’t panic! If you’ve noticed process recipes aren’t where they used to be and worried that they may have been removed, you can relax. All your existing process recipes are still there, just in a different spot under a different name.

They are now called ‘export recipes’ and can be found by entering the export dialogue by clicking the export button in the top left. We now also have the potential for each recipe to have it’s own location OR share a global location, this can be adjusted in the location tab of the exporter.

New Powerful Proofing feature

The update also includes new functionality including a powerful proofing viewer that shows you exactly how your exported image will look before you export.  

Overwrite existing files on export

The redesigned Exporter has new functionality that allows overwriting existing exported files when exporting images. This speeds up the process of updating already exported images with newer versions. The item Existing Files has three options: 

 Add Suffix will add a number to the filename, leaving multiple files after exporting. 

 Overwrite will replace the existing files, leaving only a single exported file per image. 

– Skip will skip exporting images that already have an exported file in the target location. 

NB: If multiple variants of the same images are being exported, enabling Overwrite will cause only the last variant to remain. To avoid this, add the token Variant Position in the format field within the Naming Tool. 

Asset Management

Sometimes it’s the simple things that matter, and the new improvement to asset management is one of those little things that many of us have been demanding for a while now!

While viewing your catalogue in the library section, you can now view images from within the subfolders as well as the selected parent folder. Don’t like this new feature? No problem! Just right click and choose ‘hide images in subfolders’.

Synchronize new Subfolders

It is now possible to synchronize new subfolders into your Catalog by simply synchronizing their parent folder. When synchronizing, two new options have been added: 

Include Subfolders 

Enabling this will include all folders within the folder that is being synchronized. The content of these subfolders will be added to the Catalog as well. 

Only include previously added subfolders

Enabling this will ignore any subfolders that are not already added to the Catalog. This was the default behavior of synchronizing prior to Capture One 21 (14.3.0). 

Tethering Improvements

Fujifilm Users

For Fujifilm owners who shoot tethered, you’ll know that there was a small nuisance when shooting in live view where you’d actually have to cancel the live view, take the photo, then open live view back up. This has been fixed so you can now leave live view running and keep capturing images uninterrupted.

Leica Users

When using compatible Leica cameras and lenses, it is now possible to tweak the focus in three different intervals using the Focus Nudge tool.

New Camera Support 

  • Fujifilm X-T1 IR 
  • Fujifilm X-S10 tethering
  • Panasonic Lumix G99/G95/G90 

New Lens Support

  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF18mm F1.4 R LM WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF27mm F2.8 R WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm F1.0 R WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 R OIS WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon XF70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon GF30mm F3.5 R WR 
  • Fujifilm Fujinon GF80mm F1.7 R WR 
  • Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (SEL35F14GM) 
  • Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G (SEL40F25G) 
  • Sony FE 50mm F1.2 GM (SEL50F12GM) 
  • Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G (SEL50F25G) 
  • Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG (Canon EF) 
  • Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN (Sony E) 

Bug Fixes

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