Above: The simplified workspace in Capture One Pro 7, discussed further down the article, looks like this.
The three key elements of the Capture One Pro
user interface are the Viewer, Browser and Tools.
You can view multiple or single images in the main viewer window.
The browser gives you filmstrip-like images which can be placed on the left, the right, or the bottom of the workspace. Additionally, the browser can be positioned in grid mode, which displays two or three columns, and also offers a details view where you can dig deep into the details of the images and see elements such as aperture, focal length, shutter speed, etc.
Tool tabs (which can be easily adapted, added, and subtracted) and Tools can be placed left, right, bottom or float over the viewer workspace.
You can make the interface as complex or simple as you like. Multiple tools can be displayed for a complex job or you can use a clean interface. There's also an option to create a dual monitor user interface and position tools on one monitor and the viewer on the other.
Photographers who want to stick with a known/established workspace, can choose default workspaces from previous versions of Capture One Pro and if you are moving from another image editing application, you can set up the tools and the workspace in Capture One Pro to match the way you were used to working.
At the start, a selection of default workspaces are available to guide you through the process, including a very simplified workspace.
How To Customise Your Workspace:
Upon opening Capture One Pro, from the top toolbar, go to Window>Workspace>Default
How To Remove A Tool Tab:
1. Go to View>Remove Tool Tab and select the tool tab that is not needed. Alternatively, right click on the Tool Tab bar.
2. Go to Remove Tool Tab and select the tool tab that is not needed (you can always add it later).
How To Add A Custom Tool Bar:
1. Right click on the tool tab and select Add new Tool Tab>Custom Tool Tab from the drop down menu.
(Alternatively, go to View>Add Tool Tab>Custom Tool Tab).
2. A dialog box will appear. Name the Tab, choose an icon and press Add Tab. The icon will appear in the Tool Tab bar.
3. Right click on the icon and select Add Tool from the drop down menu and select a desired tool. Repeat this procedure to add more tools.
4. To rearrange the Tool Tab bar, press CMD/ALT (Mac/PC) and drag icons in the tab menu to the preferred position.
How To Customise The Interface:
Experiment with the default workspaces by choosing Window>Workspace and select an option that best fits your workflow.
For example, you can choose to position the browser on the left side, hide the browser entirely, choose auto mode which will cause the browser to appear when your cursor is positioned over its location or place the browser on the right. You can also control the size and position of the thumbnails displayed in the browser, including grid mode.
Further customisation choices can be found under Preferences.
How To Create A Dual Monitor User Interface:
1. Select Window>Viewer to create an extra Viewer (move the Viewer to a second monitor if necessary).
2. Select View>Hide Viewer. The Viewer within the main user interface will disappear and the browser thumbnails will replace it.
3. Move your cursor to the side of the Viewer to access the default Tool Tabs (more Tool Tabs can be added).
4. Individual tools can also be moved to float freely. Simply click on the bar at the top of any tool, then drag and drop it to a desired position. You can drag windows across monitors to change configuration and when you have saved it, it will remember that configuration.
How To Save Your Customised Workspace:
1. Once you have created your desired workspace, choose Window>Work Space>Save Workspace.
2. Name the workspace in the Save Workspace window and choose Save.
3. The workspace is now available from Window>Workspace.
Switching Between Workspaces
This is easily done in the Window>Workspaces menu found in the toolbar. It’s also here you can save and delete your custom Workspaces.
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