Capture One 14.3 update released, with ‘Magic Brush’ and subfolder viewing

Capture One 14.3 update
(Image credit: Digital Camera World)

The headline news in Capture One 14.3 is the new Magic Brush tool, which lets you simply paint over areas you want to mask for quick and simple adjustments. Capture One says it will create a precise and refined mask as you brush.

The masking tools in Capture One are already very powerful, and used alongside Photoshop-style adjustment layers so that images can be edited and re-edited non-destructively.

The new Magic Brush adds to these with a quick and intuitive way to select objects or areas for adjustment in an even simpler way than the existing Brush tool.

Capture One catalogs can now show the contents of subfolders, not just the selected folder. (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Browsing enhancements in Capture One 14.3

While not as exciting sounding as the Magic Brush, Capture One 14.3 brings some important and long-awaited updates to the image browsing and organizing experience.

Until now, Capture One has one been able to show images in the folder you are browsing directly, so that if you store photos in subfolders, you can’s see them all at once. In this new version, however, you can opt to show images not just in the currently selected folder but in subfolders too – Capture One says this is one of its most–asked-for organization features.

The new subfolder support also extends to Capture One’s Synchronisation feature. Previously, it would only synchronise new files in folders previously added to the catalog, but now it will automatically import new folders too.

This brings Capture One 14.3 up to speed with Adobe Lightroom, which already offers subfolder browsing and folder synchronisation. For those who prefer Capture One’s editing tools and raw processing, it’s another good reason to make the swap.

The new Export window puts all the settings in the same place and can show a full size preview of your image with those settings applied. (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Effortless Export 

Finally, Capture One has revamped the Exporter window to show all the export options in one place. There’s also a new Proofing Viewer to visualise images with all the export settings applied. 

And there’s one more thing: previously, if an identical file already exists, the exporter will now offer the option to overwrite it rather than simply creating an additional version – another top-requested features.

To download the update, simply click on the new link in the Capture One Welcome screen, or choose Check for Updates from the Capture One menu.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at