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Big Changes to Capture One 20: Here's What's New

Big Changes to Capture One 20: Here's What's New

Capture One is rolling out a noteworthy free update today that greatly improves the photo editing software’s healing and cloning brush tools, plus adds another long-requested feature.

Before diving into the major new improvements of Capture One 20, on the face of this update is a new app icon as well as an overall change to the look of Capture One’s branding. These changes make the icon a little less sterile and more dynamic and colorful, quite fitting for an application dedicated to artists.

Adjustment Brushes

In previous versions of Capture One we were limited to only one healing or cloning sample per layer, further being backed up against a wall by having a limit of just 15 layers to work with. For most photographers, this was simply far too limiting and instead would outsource the work to an application like Adobe Photoshop. With this new update, the limitation is greatly diminished as one layer can now house an unlimited number of healing or cloning brush edits.

In addition, a number of other small but important changes to the brush tools were also made. The brush tool cursor design has been modified and also no longer disappears when the brush size gets small. For the cloning and healing brushes, a new “disappear arrows” options allows users to hide the sample area indicators. We can now also use the arrow keys to move the sample source areas for greater precision. With the healing brush, it will now create more than one source point automatically if more data is needed to sample from. Lastly, the cloning brush has been improved in its ability to match textures automatically.

Before/After Button

The updated Capture One 20 finally has a before/after function to quickly check on the progress of your edits from its original pre-edit state. The ability can be accessed from the View menu, from a button that can be added to the top toolbar, or to speed things up, the keyboard shortcut “Y” will turn before/after on and off.

The function has two modes, either working as a basic “full view” toggle between states or as a “split view” with a movable divider showing the before on one side and the after on the other. Users can edit photos while the split view is active, and even select multiple photos at a time to see and collectively manipulate the split view divider on them all at once.

Adobe Lightroom Catalog Importer

Improvements have been made to Capture One’s importer tool for Lightroom catalogs. If a Lightroom catalog is spread across several external hard drives that are not connected to the computer, Capture One will now acknowledge the file locations and import these proxy destinations as well. The next time you connect one of these hard drives, Capture One will complete the transfer process and build the image previews.

Note that this is not to be confused with Capture One being able to find missing files. If Lightroom already can’t find your missing files — usually caused by moving or deleting directories outside of the application — Capture One will not be able to do anything about that either. It may be wise to tie up any loose ends with your Lightroom catalog first before beginning the transfer to Capture One.

At the end of the catalog import, Capture One will produce a report that details any files that may have been skipped to look into it further.

Capture One 20 for Nikon

Joining Capture One for Sony and Capture One for Fujifilm, Nikon camera owners are now also getting their own edition. Like the previous brand-specific editions, there will be a free Express version with limited editing tools and functionality as well as a Pro version which is the full Capture One program only limited by what camera brand files it will edit in exchange for a discounted price. 

The updated Capture One 20 (build version 13.1) can be downloaded from their website.

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David Pavlich's picture

I wouldn't say other software is 'crap', but I would say that for my work, I haven't found anything that would make replacing LR/PS worth the time. Canon user, by the way.

Stuart Carver's picture

I guess my main source of this was Facebook groups and i dont frequent those any more... the adobe suite is certainly awesome and the best package out there so you get no arguments from me about reasons to use it, i was just observing what i read.

I started with Affinity Photo as my main editor so it was easier for me to make a one off payment for C1 and i use the 2 pieces of software together now, i dont like paying for anything monthly personally, especially not computer software so id be reluctant to move over to Adobe now, as good as it is.

Spy Black's picture

I know the dedicated versions are cheaper, but who shoots with only one camera brand, especially professionally?

Stuart Carver's picture

As an amateur i bought the Fuji version when it was on massive discount last year, then when the deal to upgrade to 20 came out i moved to the full pro version.. the one time i took my Nikon DSLR out and took some shots it was annoying i couldnt edit them in C1 i must admit, but as it was only once it wasnt the end of the world.