Today Phase One has announced the release of their updated image editing software, Capture One Pro 11. Alongside the expected performance improvements that comes with new versions, Capture One 11 brings exciting changes to the way layers are handled throughout the application and annotations for journaling or collaborations.
With Capture One Pro 11, layers have been made far more universal in the software. The application has removed the local adjustments tab found in previous versions in favor of a Layers tool. The Layers tool can now work with all adjustment tools, such as color balance, for more flexibility in what can be edited locally. A major downside for professional work is that at this time there is only a maximum of 16 layers that can be created with an image.
With the new approach towards a layer-centric image editor, Capture One can also handle those Styles Packs they’ve been selling much smoother. The Styles can be applied to a single layer, and then have its opacity adjusted to tone down the look. Styles can be layered and masked locally to really refine an image towards your vision.
Speaking of masks, Capture One Pro 11 is adding refine and feather mask functionality. When demoed the refine masking, individual hairs were easily selected out from a plain white background. With a color range selection added to a mask, further mask refinements can be made to fix any rough edges.
The other big announcement in the Capture One Pro 11 release is annotations. These annotated notes or drawings can be made on images to share with a retoucher on how you want areas of an image handled, or just as personal notes. Annotations are part of the files metadata and can be exported in a PSD file as a separate layer, or packed in an EIP with the raw image. Likewise, watermarks and overlays can now also be added to images and exported as PSDs in a separate layer.
Capture One Pro 11 is available now for $299. Subscription pricing is $20 per month or $180 annually. Owners of Capture One Pro 9 and 10 can upgrade for $119, and if Capture One Pro 10 was purchased since October 31, 2017, upgrading is free by reusing the license key. Phase One has a fully-functional trial version that can be run for 30 days to see how you like the new features.
Check out everything new in Capture One Pro 11 on the Phase One website.