Capture One has just released the Capture One 22 15.3 update with a bunch of exciting new features:

  • Magic Eraser (yes!)
  • Redesigned Tool Panel
  • Wireless tethering for Sony
  • iPad Cloud transfer

Plus, Capture One 15.3 brings Metal support on Intel macs, an ability to save on computer and card when tethering with Canon, and other improvements. As always, I’ve prepared a detailed overview of all the new features!

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Last week I released my new book Capture One Hidden Features: 200+ Pro Hints to Enhance Your Capture One Workflow.


Cameron Davidson, an awarded photographer who took images for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Forbes, Washington Post, and many others, shared his review of Capture One Hidden Features book:

“Capture One user since version 2.7.
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Till June 30, you can get the book with a 40% Early Bird discount! You’ll find the discount code at the end of this post; plus, five free Capture One styles are also waiting for you there!

Now, to the 15.3 new features!

Redesigned Tool Panel

Redesigned Tool Panel is the first thing you’ll notice when you run Capture One 22 15.3:

The tabs now have new larger icons, and the tools are organized differently among the tabs. Before we go into the details of this redesign, I’ll do some mind-reading magic. Here is the answer to the question you’re thinking about right now:

Yes, you can revert it to your regular workspace. 

Well, the new design will remain anyway, but the tabs and the tools can be organized the way you are used to. Simply click the three-dot icon and choose Workspaces -> Default (Legacy) or one of your custom setups.

As I can guess, the idea behind the redesign is to make the interface more apparent for new users and, obviously, to make it consistent with the new Capture One for iPad. If you have tried the iPad beta, you’re already familiar with these icons:

This redesign might look a bit weird now, but it had to be done in the long term. Let’s see how to get the maximum out of the new Tool Panel.
First of all, you can rearrange tool tabs by pressing Cmd(mac)/Alt(win) and by dragging them in the required order:

Secondly, you can access all the Tool Panel settings by clicking the three-dot icon. Here you can add the Export tab if you prefer the old-style export workflow and switch to the Icons Only mode:

Since I always use my custom workspace, I’m ok with the new design. The icons make Capture One look a bit unfamiliar, but that’s fine to give your brain a bit of a shake sometimes.

Magic Eraser

In Capture One 15.3, developers have finally added Magic Eraser to accompany Magic Brush!

Magic Eraser has all the same settings as Magic Brush:

Check out my Magic Brush overview if you’re new to Tolerance and Refine edge sliders.
Using Magic Eraser, you can now quickly remove unwanted parts of the mask. For instance, here, it’s easier to remove a mask from the sky and water than to draw a mask on the trees:

Now, I can add color and exposure adjustments to enhance the look of this forest and the boats:

BTW, this RAW file is available in my new 100 RAWs Set for Image Editing Practice. So that you can download the RAW and experiment with your way of color grading!

Tethered Shooting Improvements

Capture One 15.3 brings two major improvements for tethered shooting:

Wireless tethering for Sony

Sony photographers can now shoot tethered over a wireless network, having the same functionality as regular USB tethering. To connect your camera, simply follow two first steps from this guide, and then find your camera in the Camera tools in Capture One.
At the moment, support is available for the following cameras:

  • Sony A7R IV/IVa
  • Sony A1
  • Sony A7 IV
  • Sony A9 II
  • Sony A7s III
  • Sony A7C
  • Sony FX3
  • Sony ZV-E10

Save to card and computer when tethering with Canon

Canon photographers can now decide on where to store images during shooting: on a card, computer, or both.

Also, you can set up different locations for RAWs and JPGs. For instance, RAWs can be saved to a card, and JPGs will go to your computer.

iPad Cloud Transfer

Capture One 15.3 introduces Cloud Transfer features designed for syncing images with Capture One for iPad.

According to develops, Capture One for iPad is going to be released on June 28, so I’ll return to this feature in my overview of the iPad app.

Style Pack Improvements

Style Pack functionality has got a bunch of useful updates in Capture One 15.3.
First of all, you can now delete entire folders with styles right from Capture One:

Plus, you now get a notification that a style set is installed:

Previously, you could mistakenly install the same set several times due to the lack of the confirmation message.

Secondly, style brushes now support auto-installation! So that you can double click on an installation file, and it will auto-install containing styles and style brushes into Capture One. Just keep in mind that you have to have Capture One 22 15.3 for this.

I’ve already updated 50 style brushes from my new Pro Color Grading Styles set:

Download Five Styles and Five Style Brushes Free of Charge

You can download 5 styles and 5 style brushes from the new Pro Color Grading Styles set free of charge!


The five styles and style brushes include:

  • TS – Sea Breeze – a style designed for travel and street photography shots:

  • L – Mountain Trail – created for atmospheric landscape images:

  • P – Verdant Portrait – a gentle portrait color grading style:

  • U – Frosty B&W – a universal B&W style that adds a bit of color to classical B&W:

  • U – A Roasting Summer Day – a universal style that fits sunny shots especially well:

The Full Set Includes

  • 50 Styles
  • Style Brushes Included
  • All Styles Support Layers

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If you want to buy just the book, this code will give you 40% OFF the eBook!

Capture One Live Updates

Capture One Live has got three helpful improvements:

Comments BETA (web only)

You can now leave comments on web for Live shared images.

Easier watermarking

Watermarks can now be applied by choosing a recipe with a watermark in the Live Session settings:

Keyboard shortcuts

You can now rate and color tag images with keyboard shortcuts in a browser:
Star ratings: 1-5, and 0 resets the rating.
Color tags: W, E, R, T, Y, U, I, and Q resets the color tag.
Navigation: left and right arrow keys. Escape key to return to the gallery.

Also, in 15.3, you can set the Live Session duration to 1 month.

Various Improvements

Finally, there are several minor improvements in the 15.3 update.

Separate Crop Aspect Ratios for Images
In 15.3, the Crop tool shows an aspect ratio belonging to a selected image.

Rotation smoothness (Mac)
Rotation and manual keystone correction now work more smoothly on Mac.

Auto Keystone Guides Improvement
Capture One now places Auto Keystone guides on detected lines used for the correction.

Preview size recommendation
Capture One now offers a recommended preview size based on your screen resolution:

In my book, I’ve offered a different solution based on the area your image occupies on the screen. I’ll try to investigate this, but at the moment, I think that the Capture One recommendation includes users who might switch to Full Screen mode during the editing. In this case, you definitely need to have your preview size not smaller than your screen resolution.

Metal support on Intel Macs
Capture One 15.3 now uses Metal for hardware acceleration instead of OpenCL on Intel-based macs. Previously, OpenCl was the main reason for almost all app graphic bugs, so we’ll see how Metal will perform now.

Support for multiple DPI scaling (Windows)
According to developers, Capture One now retains similar physical size for the application layout when used with multiple monitors that have different DPI scaling

New Camera Support

  • Canon M50 II
  • Canon R5C

New Lens Support

  • Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
  • Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM
  • Canon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM

Alexander Svet – Professional photographer and photography instructor. Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One beta tester.