Capture One Pro 12

New in version 12

Capture One 12.0 is a major release of Capture One containing new functionality.

New features

  • New interface
  • New Menu system
  • New Keyboard Shortcut Manager
  • Luma Range Masking
  • Linear Gradient Mask tool
  • Radial Gradient Mask tool
  • Plug-ins - Export and publish
  • User experience changes
  • Extended AppleScript support
  • Fujifilm Film Simulations


Capture One 12.0 also contains user experience changes, additional 3rd party camera and lens support, general bug fixes and under the hood tweaks for all Capture One variants.

Feature walk through

New interface

Capture One 12 introduces a new and decluttered "super flat" UI, designed primarily to make Capture One easier to use over long editing sessions. Revised iconography helps to explain basic functionality for new users. The Menu system and equivalent application functions are now also more closely aligned to help aid discovery.

New Menu system

As part of the new user interface, the application menu system is completely reorganized to allow for easier discovery of functionality as well as cleaner logic and function grouping. New menu items like Layer and Select allow for future expansion. Shortcutable menu commands to things that were previously inaccessible, are now also available in the Shortcut Manager.

New Keyboard Shortcut Manager

With over 500 individually shortcutable commands, finding or learning the shortcuts can be a daunting process. The Shortcut Manager is re-designed to make using shortcuts easier than ever. Now you can search (by assigned key or by menu command) and easily add shortcuts with a more intuitive interface. The Shortcut Manager is relocated as part of the Menu system reorganization and now resides in the Edit menu > Edit Keyboard Shortcuts.

Luma Range Masking

The new Luma Range mask option allows the user to create masks derived from the brightness of pixels in an image. To use the feature, draw a mask (or create a new fill mask) then press the Luma Range button. Adjust the slider in and out points to "clamp" the values on the mask to limit the range required.

Linear Gradient Mask tool

Capture One's gradient masking feature gets a serious upgrade! Gradient masks are now editable, movable, rotatable and can be made asymmetric - all using the powerful new Parametric masking engine. When adjusting the size (click+drag outer line to change size) use the Shift key to modify symmetrically or Alt key to modify asymmetrically.

Radial Gradient Mask tool

The new Radial Mask tool allows for quick drawing of vignette and fall off effects. Using the same Parametric engine as Gradient Masks, Radial Masks can be adjusted, rotated and moved after drawing for maximum control. Use Shift (Mac) key to modify symmetrically.

Plug-ins - Export and Publish

Capture One 12 introduces a new Plug-in platform for developers wishing to build content and functionality for the Capture One community. For more information on developing Capture One plug-ins, see the developer portal on

As part of the new Plug-in platform, "Edit with..." and "Open with..." are re-factored as plug- ins. These can now be configured with your favorite applications from the Preferences menu, which will then only show those applications in the respective menus.

User experience changes and tweaks throughout the app

A number of small but important user experience changes round up the Capture One 12 release:

  • Cleaned up browser list mode
  • Ignore composition in copy/paste settings operations
  • Almost all cursors have been made bigger
  • All font sizes made bigger
  • Frameless viewer labels
  • Bigger thumbnails in the batch queue
  • Various UI alignment and padding fixes


Helicon Focus functionality has been ported to a Capture One plugin and will be available for download from

Extended AppleScript support

Capture One's automation ability is extended again based on user feedback. The following areas/properties are now addressable through scripts:

  • Normalize tool
  • Locate
  • Set/clear/get compare variant
  • Overlay
  • Workspaces
  • Black and White
  • Live View focus meters
  • Styles on Layers
  • Readouts
  • Upgrade Engine
  • Capture Pilot Server
  • Process history
  • Native activities
  • Collection sort order
  • UUID for all objects

Fujifilm Film Simulations

"Film Simulations" is supported in Capture One 12 for a number of Fujifilm Cameras. These Film Simulations have been faithfully reproduced inside Capture One to give a digital experience equivalent to that of shooting with traditional Fujifilm negative and color reversal film. Fujifilm simulations can be found in the Base Characteristics tool → Film Curve (if using a supported camera).

The supported models have a potential 16 modes available that suit various scenes and subjects. For example, "Provia", "Velvia" and "Astia" reproduce iconic Fujifilm color reversal films; "Classic Chrome" conveys the iconic look and feel of Photographic Magazines from the 1950's; "PRO Neg.Std" and "PRO Neg.Hi" reproduce Professional Negative Film used in Portrait Studios; and Black and White "ACROS" reproduces smooth tonality, with a higher D-Max and rich texture.

Camera support

  • Nikon Z7
  • Nikon Z6
  • Canon EOS R
  • Canon EOS M50


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