Capture One 21 Released With New Color Profiles, Dehaze, Tool Shortcuts

Capture One 21 Released With New Color Profiles, Dehaze, Tool Shortcuts

Today, Capture One has released their latest update to the professional-level photo editor. Other than the new dehaze tool, the main improvements in Capture One 21 will take a little more explaining to make sense so let’s dive in.

ProStandard Color Profiles

The way Capture One is marketing this feature is by stating that it will help to protect hues and color shifts when making adjustments to the image. For any color critical work such as product photography, this is great news. But what I find when using it over the Standard profile is that just about every photo starts out looking much better, meaning less editing down the line to get things where I want them. It’s most noticeable in any area that has a color gradient to it, such as a blue sky that grows lighter near the horizon. In that instance, the blue sky remains more blue near the horizon while increasing lightness, whereas the normal Standard version loses much of that color as it shifts to white.

ProStandard needs to be manually selected from the “ICC Profile” dropdown under the “Base Characteristics” panel as to not mess with any previous photo edits that have been performed in the application. It’s only available for the most popular camera models at this time, however this compatibility list will continue to grow as Capture One profiles more and more cameras. For upcoming camera releases, Capture One plans to have ProStandard become the default color profile for them.

Speed Edit Shortcuts

If you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Loupedeck-like editing console, Speed Edit may be the next best thing. This feature lets you hold a keyboard key and use either the scroll wheel, click and drag, or use the arrow keys to make adjustments. For example, hold “Q” and scroll up with the mouse to increase the exposure without touching the slider in the tool panel, or hold “W” and use the arrow keys to adjust the contrast. As the name suggests, this has the potential to speed up the editing process and can even be done while multiple photos are selected to batch correct a set of images.

The keyboard hotkeys can be displayed and modified in the Edit > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts... menu option.


This is obviously nothing new in the photo editing world, however Capture One seems to do it in a very Capture One type way. In addition to a simple Dehaze slider, there’s also a Shadow Tone selector (the image below has a pre-release label of "Haze Color") that can pick out the color of the shadow areas within the haze to better compensate in the dehazing process. It comes set as Auto which works well, but can be refined with the eyedropper.

The effect can also be dialed into the negative numbers to add a haze effect. When used in conjunction with Capture One’s Layers panel, the Dehaze tool can be used in select areas of an image.

Other Improvements

  • Faster asset management - Overall speed improvements working through Catalogs and Sessions.
  • Improved importer - Faster selections, high-resolution thumbnails, and quicker importing.
  • HEIC file support
  • Brush adjustment shortcut - Now you can use Control + Option then click and drag vertically or horizontally to change brush size and hardness. To change flow and opacity, use Control + Option + Shift then click and drag. This is an optional addition that makes it more in line with Adobe Photoshop functionality, but doesn’t replace the traditional right click menu for brush settings.
  • Enhanced tooltips - Helpful for newcomers to photo editing and Capture One to learn what exactly all the tools do. Some of these tooltips will have a "Learn" button that opens up a video tutorial right in the app to see the tool in practice. They can be disabled in the Preferences if not needed.
  • Support for latest cameras and lenses.

Capture One 21 is available now and priced at $299 for new licenses or as a $159 upgrade for owners of select previous versions. If that’s asking too much up front, Capture One also offers a 30-day free trial and subscriptions starting at $20 per month. For a complete list of pricing including the Sony, Nikon, and Fujifilm specific versions, check out the Capture One website.

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One of the benefits of having a permanent license is the ability to skip versions that do not add anything important for a particular person. Well, the brush adjustment shortcuts sound nice but not $159 nice :-)

That’s true, and in that context there are lots of people who are probably looking back at what Capture One 20 also introduced because they will be gaining that along with what’s here.

I'm quite the opposite - I subscribe so get the updates as part of it. It's nice waking up to see all these cool new features being added in

Wondering how and why it was so simple for you to lay out the new features in this article when Capture One has found it impossible to do?

I took the "buy 21, get 20 free" deal a few weeks ago and finally upgraded to 20. I'll wait a couple of months to upgrade to 21 to avoid any initial bugs.

It's nice to finally be able to see what's new in 21. Thank you.

Ive just started to have a look at this app and I was wondering about people feelings about the pro profiles, Ive only tried the 5Dm4 profile so far but I think they unfortunately reminds of ACR/LR color rendering, at least in the orange/red area.
In an orange tone like cooked sweet potato I'm getting the green hues that I truly hated in ACR/LR, To be honest it seems as if it is less banding in the color gradings but Im not 100% about these profiles as it looks right now.
To be honest I´ve only just opened the app and been playing with it a little bit and none of these color renderings is in any way difficult to sort out but at this initial glance I think I prefer the generic profile for the hue but in terms of banding it seems to do a good job.
Has anyone else looked into this and what are people feelings about the pro profiles?

I'm a Capture One user. I moved from Lightroom to Capture One three years ago. Phase One tried to pull a fast one. When Adobe (and Luminar) was getting all the press for substantial changes to PS and LR, Capture One attempted to get in on the press cycle by obscuring what was in this release. This is a point release and not some large scale version number change. Capture One 12 to 20 was a big improvement with new features. Capture One 21 is just something that had be done because they needed to do something.

I'll be waiting for Capture One 22 or 23.

According to the Capture One website, it would cost me $309 to upgrade my Pro 20 version. (Those might be Canadian dollars.) That's a ton of money for a feature I can't use (ProStandard - I don't have one of the cameras it works with), and and less than a handful of features I'm only minimally interested in. I think Capture One 20 is great (upgraded from 12 and am happy I did), but I gotta wonder what the folks at Phase One are smoking with regard to 21.

Apparently we Canadians are rich and stupid.

Damn, so this means they are not going to fix my masking issue with v20.

When I log in my account they ask for $309.00 for an UPGRADE from my C1 pro 20. For that??? Those people are crazy beyond belief.