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Supplement: Phase One Capture One 4 PRO Interface

These additional interface images supplement the December 2008 Web Exclusives review of Phase One Capture One 4 PRO by Stan Sholik.

Clicking the camera icon in the tool palette opens the Capture window. You can shoot directly into Capture One 4 PRO with Phase One digital backs and many Canon digital SLRs. It took a little doing to make a Canon EOS-1D Mark II N interface properly with the program, but once we figured it out, image capture was fast and seamless. Image ©Stan Sholik


The Quick icon opens a window with a basic set of tools for global corrections to the image, such as white balance and exposure. You will also find the Styles options on this screen. If all you need to do to the image is global changes, you can process the image directly from this screen. Image ©Stan Sholik


If you need to make changes to color balance either globally with white balance or to a targeted hue, you can skip the Quick tool and go directly to the Color tool. Image ©Stan Sholik

The Exposure tool accesses the best set of tools I’ve ever seen for adjusting exposure because the controls are so visual. As your cursor moves over the image, a line is displayed on every histogram to indicate where that value lies. The histograms adjust as you move sliders and tabs below the histograms. You can also display exposure warnings at any time (not displayed here) by clicking on the exposure warning icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Image ©Stan Sholik


The Crop tool contains presets for common print sizes. You can also crop unconstrained or add a custom crop to the presets. If you have imported the client’s layout, it will display in the Overlay window and on the captured image. Image ©Stan Sholik


Once you have the image close to output ready, the Details tool opens a screen with sharpening, noise reduction, clarity, and moiré reduction tools. Image ©Stan Sholik


The Metadata screen displays metadata and EXIF data embedded in the file. Image ©Stan Sholik


The Adjustments screen displays all of the changes you have made to the image. You can copy and paste them into other images from here, turning off whichever ones you don’t want to paste into other images. If you want to apply all of them to other images, you can use the copy and apply icons in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Image ©Stan Sholik


You use the Output tool when you are ready to process your RAW files. Process recipes you set up are accessible at the top of the column, but you don’t need to use them. I like process recipes because I can select multiple recipes to run on the same file, then walk away and let Capture One 4 PRO do the work while I do something else. Image ©Stan Sholik


The Batch tool shows the queue of images that the program is processing. You can drag and drop them to change the order, or delete one if you change your mind. Image ©Stan Sholik