Working with layers is no longer confined to a single tab. Rather, layers are available in nearly every adjustment tab. In this video, Derrick Story provides an overview of this new workflow.
- [Instructor] I've talked a little bit about layers in previous movies, but now we're going to focus an entire chapter on them, and they are terrific. There's so much good stuff here to play with. The first thing I want to tell you about layers is that they show up in different areas, right? So we don't have a dedicated layers tab anymore. Here we are in exposure, we can go over to color and we have layers there. We can go over to detail, we have layers there. So it really doesn't make any difference. The information in the layers carry over from one tab to another.
I think that's really terrific. So you can just sort of work on an image in the different areas, use whatever workflow that you want and the layers come along with you. Now we can have up to 16 layers in Capture One Pro 11. If you need more than 16 layers you probably, quite honestly, should be in a different application. (laughs) Okay, something like Photoshop. But for most of the work that we do here in Capture One Pro 11, 16 should be plenty. I rarely go over four or five layers on anything that I'm working on.
Now the layer mask are an important part, and I'm going to show you the different types of layers and layer mask in upcoming movies, but there's a little trick I want to show you that's going to make your life a lot easier. When you're working on a layer that has a mask, as we have right here, if you hit the "m" key, then you can see that mask, and you hit the "m" key again and that goes away. So that is very handy, so that's a nice little shortcut so you can just go back and forth and see the mask as you're working on any image.
We also have the opacity slider here, so that's very handy in the sense that if we go here we don't have any of the effect, and then we go all the way up to having all of the effect and you can go anywhere in between. And that slider works for each layer. So you'll see that as I click on different layers, then we have different opacity settings if we indeed have changed that. The background layer is the background layer, so if you don't have any layers at all, what you're working on with your global edits and so forth, that is the background layer.
We can delete layers by highlighting them, not the background layer but our adjustment layers. We can delete them by highlighting them and clicking on the minus, right here. And we create new layers by going to plus and holding that down, and I'm going to go over all four of these in an upcoming movie. In terms of how we create the mask within the layers, we can draw a mask, we can erase a mask, and we can create gradient mask also.
And then in terms of displaying them, here are our options, and you see that always display mask, you see that "m" shortcut key right there. And then finally, once we select a brush we can come over here and we have our brush settings. So we can set the size of the brush, the hardness of the brush, in other words how much feathering do you want? That solid circle, that is where we're making the correction and then that circle that is growing and shrinking, that's the feathered area.
Opacity, we can go anywhere from 100% down to zero, not sure why you'd want zero (laughs) if you're creating a mask. Most of the time you're going to be around 100%. Flow is really nice. Flow at 100%, let me create a new layer here and I'll show you how that works. Hit the "m" key, and see if we have anything, we don't, okay good. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to set the flow down low, so as I paint... Oops, so we got auto mask set on here.
Let's turn that off. So as I paint, and I keep painting over an area, it will build up at a low flow setting. However, if I have flow set up here to 100%, then each brush stroke gives me basically 100%. So if you want to work on an area and slowly build up the mask, then you might want to reduce flow a bit and that allows you to then slowly build up the mask as you paint over it, so that's what flow is.
Now I'm going to go ahead and delete this layer right here by clicking right there, I'm going to hit the "m" key to turn it off. And we're going to get down to business with working on the different types of layers, and the tools that we have to create mask, and to make these great changes that we want to make to our images.
- Organizing assets in the library
- Improving the color of your images
- Understanding the HDR sliders
- Straightening lines with Keystone Correction
- Reducing noise
- Using a gradient mask to fix a sky
- Mastering the Metadata tab
- Output proofing