Hi, there!

Capture One has just released the new AI Masking tool, and it is mind-blowing! You can now mask any part of an image in a matter of seconds.

Simply hover the new AI Select cursor over any part of the image, and you’ll see the generated AI mask for this area. If you need to mask all the elements at once, you can draw a box around them, and AI will create a mask for the whole subject.

Capture One AI Masking for Portrait

Also, you can zoom in on an image to mask the tiniest image details, such as eye whites, iris, or even reflection in the eye.

Capture One AI Masking Portrait Photography

Moreover, you can now select a group of images and mask their main subjects or backgrounds in a single click, like this:

Capture One AI Masking Batch Group Editing

These AI masks can be saved in styles, allowing you to quickly color grade image backgrounds or adjust the main subject in your shot.
By the way, I’ve prepared a set of free Capture One styles with AI masks, and you can download them here.

Capture One Styles Free Download 65 Styles AI Pesets

New Capture One Update: Copy AI Masks, Nikon Zf NEFX Support, Luma Range in Styles, and more

Capture One has just released the new 16.3.4 update, and surprisingly, it comes with a whole bunch of new features!
Normally 16.3.x releases are bugfixes only, but this update brings some really useful improvements:

  • Copy & Apply AI Masks
  • Luma Range in Styles
  • Nikon Zf NEFX Support

Ok, let’s see how to use them in practice!

Copying & Applying AI Masks

When 16.3 introduced the AI Masking tool, many Capture One photographers were disappointed by the inability to copy AI masks between images. This issue has now been resolved, and you can easily copy and apply Background and Subject masks:

Capture One Copy AI Mask Apply Batch Edit Multiple Images RAW

BTW, you can copy and apply Background and Subject layers simultaneously – Capture One will recalculate both masks for every image. In one of my previous tutorials, I showed the new AI Batch Editing workflow in Capture One. Now, with the ability to copy & apply AI masks, this workflow has become even faster and simpler.

Luma Range in Styles

Besides the AI mask improvement, Capture One 16.3.4 now allows you to save Luma Range layers in styles. For instance, you can create a style that will contain R-G-B Curves adjustment on a Luma Range layer, affecting shadows only:
Capture One Luma Styles SaveApply such a style to an image and Capture One will calculate the Luma Range mask for that image:

Capture One Luma Range Tool

Mixing AI Masks and Luma Range

Okay, but what if we mix the AI layer and the Luma Range in a style?

Capture One AI and Luma Styles

It works!
For instance, you can create a style that will calculate a unique Subject mask of a model and then apply individual Luma Range to this AI layer to mask out dark hair:

Capture One Luma Range AI Mask

Nikon Zf NEFX Support

Capture One 16.3.4 now supports the new .nefx file format. Thus, you can now compile Nikon Zf pixel-shift images in Nikon NX and import the resulting Nikon Zf .nefx files into Capture One.

ProStandard by Default

ProStandard profiles are now the default profiles for all cameras that support them.

Capture One Canon ProStandard Profile

New Camera and Lens Profiles

In addition to these improvements, the Capture One developers have added several new camera and lens profiles:

  • OM System Tough TG-7: file support, fixed lens profile.
  • Sony ZV-1 Mark II: file support, wired tethering, live view.
  • RF 100mm F2.8L MACRO IS USM
  • XC Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6
  • XT Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 32mm f/4.0 Tilt
  • XT Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 40mm f/4.0 Tilt
  • XT Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 50mm f/4.0 Tilt
  • XT Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 70mm f/5.6 Tilt
  • XT Rodenstock HR Digaron-SW 90mm f/5.6

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