You can create a mask and layer by selecting either Draw Mask (B), Linear Gradient Mask (L), Radial Gradient Mask (T), Heal Mask (Q), or Clone Mask (S). There might be times where it is better to create and name individual layers first to get organized. This is especially true when you need to use the clone or heal tools to repair images as they can only be accessed through a dedicated clone or heal layers.
1. Go to the Layers tool (in the Color, Exposure, or Details tool tab) and long-press on the Create New Layer button, the (+) icon, and select one of the following options:
- New Empty Adjustments Layer - New layer without mask using the brush or gradient for image adjustments.
- New Filled Adjustments Layer - New layer complete with a mask covering the whole image. Used for brushing adjustments away or brushing the mask away, when it is the simplest option.
- New Clone Layer - New layer for repair using the Clone Brush (S).
- New Heal Layer - New layer for repair using the Heal Brush (Q).
Alternatively, go to the main menu and select Layer -> [Layer type] (the layer types and their descriptions are provided above).
2. The Layer type is added to the Layers tool (double-click on the Layer or press Return to enter a new name) and to the drop-down menu in the Viewer’s toolbar.
3. Draw a mask on the image. Select mask visibility as required.
4. When selecting the Heal Layer options, Capture One automatically selects the source point after drawing. If the appearance of the target area does not match the surrounding pixels, click on the source point and drag it to set your own sampling point. The source point can be moved anywhere within the Viewer. To force a new source point or to manually select the source point before masking the area you want to heal, simply hold down Option/Alt and click on your preferred source point. With the Clone Layer, you have to set the source point manually by holding down Option/Alt and clicking on your source area
5. Remember to select the Background Layer in the Layers tool or Viewer’s toolbar to make any global adjustments to the image. Be aware that layers will be affected by Background adjustments proportionally to their opacity levels.