Phase One Capture One has been considered the best application for RAW files processing on the market for many years, and the latest upgrade to a huge extent changes the way of working in the application and it introduces new tools.
The latest Capture One Pro 11 is focused mainly on the work on layers. The one present in the previous editions has been fully replaced by the layers tools, which are now the central point of the program and on which any possible editing can be made.
The system of layers (the number of layers is limited to 16) is supported by an improved masked tool, which, thanks to the new blending functions and clarifying the selections, will enable us to thoroughly separate even the most problematic objects, such as hair and trees.
The productivity of the program has also been improved and we have an opportunity to use presets, just like in Lightroom.
Yet another interesting function is the system of remarks, which can be made directly on a processed photograph in the form of a layer. It’s strange that we had to wait for such a tool for so long. The tool will undoubtedly simplify the works of retouchers.
While writing about version 11 of Capture One, it is worth mentioning a very controversial fact connected with it. The latest version of the program does not support, and it is not yet known whether it is going to support, any medium-format cameras of companies other than Phase One. It’s strange since Phase One cameras, due to a huge gap in the prices, are not competitive ones when it comes to the majority of medium-format cameras and no photographer planning to buy Pentax 645Z is going to buy Phase One cameras due to this reason. As for now, the company has not taken any position when it comes to this matter.
Capture One Pro 11 is available for download in the version for Mac and Windows. It will cost $299. People who have the previous version of the application can make an update for $119.