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Capture One Pro Tips – Easy Dust Spot Finder & Removal Tools

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So far, removing dust spots has been one of the first steps in post-production. Previously, there were two ways to do this: While the limited number of 100 points within the Remove Spot option in Capture One 12 was quite unflexible and, of course, limited; Photoshop was more time-consuming but more accurate and flexible in the shape of the correction area. There we used the combination of our Solar Curve (= Dust Spot Finder) and Healing Brush/Spot Healing Brush.

Some time passed, and the new upgrade to Capture One 20 was released. This has changed our workflow in that way that we prefer to Capture One for this step. But why?

The fact that these spots in the image appear very consistent in subsequent images means that we can automatically have them recalculated in all successive images of one photoshoot in Capture One (also at the early stage of tethering) – just with two small clicks and a quick check of the result.
With the new tools, Capture One 20 has eliminated the lack of flexibility and limitation, i.e., the previous negative points.

The new workflow

What we need for our Capture One cleanup

  • +1 New Filled Adjustment Layer (Dust Spot Finder/help layer -> save as preset, delete later)
  • +1 New Heal Layer (Dust Removal)

Of course, you can use different options as help layers. You can manually set our previous Solar Curve (use the input and output numbers) in Capture One (Window: Curve), or you could also use these great settings from Paul Reiffer. Maybe a mixture of both help layers works great for you (+2 New Filled Adjustment Layers with adjusted opacity). Just play around, and don’t forget to save your personal one (right-click on the layer, save as style).

Here are the adjustments from Paul Reiffer as an overview:

  • (Exposure)
    Contrast: +50
    Brightness: -10 to -20
    Saturation: -50 to -60
  • (High Dynamic Range)
    Highlight: -100
    Shadow: +100
  • (Clarity)
    Clarity: +50 to +70
    Structure: +50 to +70

If you have time, have a look at the full video of Paul Reiffer below.

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