Capture One Keyboard Shortcuts

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The keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys in Capture One provide a great way of increasing the speed with which you can edit your photos. Once you have mastered the basic keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly switch between any of Capture One’s tools to apply the settings of your choice to your photos and perform any preset action on your image.

Capture One’s hotkeys are regularly used by professional photographers who need the ability to process large volumes of photographs on a regular basis.
The main purposes of the hotkeys are to allow you to quickly and easily make as many edits as possible without having to select menus and options with your mouse.

We have created a big list of all the main Capture One hotkeys that are available for use in processing.

Keyboard Shortcuts Editor

First, open the hotkey editor in Capture One, which you can find at Capture One –> Edit Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Here you will find a complete list of all the tools that you can assign to keyboard shortcuts in Capture One.

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By default, hotkeys for the basic functions of Capture One have already been assigned, but you can also allocate your own keyboard shortcuts for any additional tools or modify an existing hotkeys if you wish.

The personal hotkeys setup can be saved and transferred to any other computer.

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Configuration files for Capture One keyboard shortcuts are stored in the following location: User> Library> Application Support> Capture One> KeyboardShortcuts on Mac OS and a similar system folder in Windows.
On many operating systems these folders are hidden by default, so to work with them you must first ensure that they are marked as visible.

Main Keyboard Shortcuts

We have collected the major keyboard shortcuts that are most commonly used the work and will save you the most time during processing.
Hotkeys for mac / windows are provided for each function.

1) Switching between tabs with processing tools

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Very useful hotkey that allows you to quickly switch to any tab. You can use the tab’s number or just open the next or previous tab.

Open tab by number:
Alt⌥ + Cmd⌘ + 1,2,3… / Ctrl + 1,2,3…

Previous / next tab:
Alt⌥ + Cmd⌘ + ←/→ / Ctrl + Tab, previous Ctrl + Shift + Tab

2) Process photos

⌘ + D / Ctrl + D

3) Delete files

In Capture One you can move files in the session/catalog trash or directly delete it permanently.

Move to trash:
⌘ + ⌫ / Ctrl + Del or simply Del

Delete permanently
Ctrl⌃ + ⌘ + ⌫ / Alt + Del

4) Ratings and colored tags

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Any file can be assigned a rating from 1 to 5 stars in figures 1-5, and colored tags can also exhibit keyboard bindings: + for green, for red and * for yellow tag.

5) Select all photos

⌘ + A / Ctrl + A

5) Undo/Redo

Undo:
⌘ + Z / Ctrl + Z

Redo:
Shift⇧ + ⌘ + Z / Ctrl + Y or Ctrl + Shift + Z

6) Compare Variant

Capture One contains a great feature that allows users to compare images: “Compare Variant.” We wrote about this in a previous article.
There is, of course, also a hotkey for this action.

Assign Compare Variant:
Enter

Clear Compare Variant:
⌘ + Enter / Shift + Enter

7) Zoom

Zoom In:
⌘+ / Ctrl+

Zoom Out:
⌘- / Ctrl-

To Fit:
⌘0 / Ctrl0

100%:
⌥ + ⌘ + 0 / Ctrl + Alt + 0

8) New Variant / Clone Variant

New VariantF2 / F7

Clone VariantF3 / F8

Photo Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

1) Top Tools menu

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Select — V
Pan — H
Loupe — P
Crop — C
Rotate — R
Keystone — K
Remove Spot — O
Copy/Apply Adjustments — A

Local Adjustments tool also have several important hotkeys:

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Using these, you can quickly switch between the “brush,” “eraser” or “gradient” tools to create a layer mask and the M hotkey allows you to switch between the mask display.

By the way, hotkeys can also be used to change the size and hardness of the Local Adjustments “brush” tool.

Size:
Increase size — ]
Reduce size — [

Hardness:
Enlarge⇧ + ] / Shift + ]
Reduce⇧ +[ / Shift + [

The pick tool also has a lot of useful keyboard shortcuts:

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You can adjust all the exposure settings using hotkeys:

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Irreplaceable for fast processing is the hotkeys for copying / applying settings from one file to another:

Copy processing settings:
⇧ + ⌘ + С / Ctrl + Shift + C

Apply processing settings:
⇧ + ⌘ + V / Ctrl + Shift + V

This is just a small part of the keyboard shortcuts that can be created and used in Capture One. Once you start using them on a regular basis, you will soon notice how much faster you can edit your photos.

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

  • i can’t figure out how to get back to the camera window when tethered and i look at a photo ..

  • Marks Foto

    how do you edit keyboard shortcuts on Windows? there is no Capture One to the left of the screen, it starts from File. Sorry, I am in trial version, can’t find where to go…

    • On Windows you can find it here – Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts.

      • Marks Foto

        i have found keyboard shortcuts but am unable to edit them like you do on a mac, clicking on it doesn’t do anything, neither is right clicking

        • Try this:
          Press Duplicate to create a new shortcut set, than set a name for it. After that you should be able to edit hotkeys.

  • Marks Foto

    Is there any way to import RAW + Jpeg and have the Jpeg treated like an attached file so that I can cull the RAWs and have the Jpegs rated at the same time? Lightroom seems to have this feature.

    • Unfortunately it’s impossible in the current version.

  • mcblum

    Can we map keyboard shortcuts to, let’s say, +/- contrast?

    • Sure, create a new hotkeys list and assign new keys for contrast.

  • P.K. Hunter

    What’s the keyboard shortcut for:

    – Full screen view of the current image? (used to be F in aperture)
    – Back to seeing only the grid view of all images? (used to be V in aperture)
    – Activating the image editing tab on the left, quickly

    Thank you!

    • Hi,

      1) Enter Full Screen

      2) Show/ Hide Viewer

      3) Tab key

  • Aleksandra Kocela

    How do I select an image in the browser via keyboard? Is there a shortcut by any chance? Thanks

    • Arrows on a keyboard work well for this. If you wish to select new image after editing with Curves (and some other tools) use CMD+arrows on Mac.

  • Kit Laughlin

    Alexander, thanks for this. Do you have all the default keyboard shortcuts in a text file? I have searched on the net for the last 20′ or so, and can’t fine one. I am using C1Pro8. I will check back here; learning the program as we speak! TIA, KL

  • Obi Somto

    Thanks for this Alexander, how do I change mouse key functions please?

    • Unfortunately, there is no way to change mouse key functions(

  • Henrik Mee Løvgret

    Hi – if you just hold down the ⌘(command button) the cursor changes… why is that? Is it a shortcut?