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Color Correct & Grade Like a Pro - Adobe Premiere Pro

teacher avatar Erik Aleynikov, FIlmmaker

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction - what you'll learn

    • 2. Basic Correction

    • 3. "Creative" tab + FREE GIFT

    • 4. Color correcting with "Curves"

    • 5. Color Wheels

    • 6. Get the "Hollywood look"

    • 7. Add Vignette

    • 8. Bonus TIPS + Conclusion

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In this lesson you will learn everything about Color Correcting and Grading your videos in Premiere Pro with Lumetri Color. I will also teach you how to create a very famous Hollywood "Teal & Orange" look for your videos.


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Erik Aleynikov



In 10 years of making videos I managed to work with companies like Red Bull, GoPro, Dubai Government, Dubai Airports, Plastic Oceans and many more. In 2019 I shot my first feature-length documentary about a world record swim and plastic pollution.

I keep making commercials for big brands all around the world with true love and passion.

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1. Introduction - what you'll learn: in this lesson, you're going to learn everything about color correcting and color grading in from your broke. Hi, my name is Eric. I'm a food time filmmaker doing feature length films and commercials for big brands. Color correcting can dramatically improve the look of your video and make your video look like a big budget movie. So let's start learning how to color correct in Premiere Pro, and I'm also gonna show you how to make any food is look like a movie with color grading. 2. Basic Correction: you have to understand that color, correcting and color grading is a creative process, so there is no right or wrong way how to do it. I'm going to show you my work. So off working with color and then you will be able to copy my work flow or come up with your way off color correcting and color grading. First, let's understand the basics. Terminology off color correction. There is hue, saturation, and Luba Hugh is the name we call colors. Saturation is the vividness or intensity of the hue, and Louima is the brightness of hue, all right to start color correcting. You need to go to color tap on top of premier pro. Just click here on this covered step and the layout off Premiere Pro will change so that it's easier for you to work with your videos. On the right side, you conceal a metric color panel. This is where we will make over the adjustments. Under limit your color, you can see different taps, basic correction, creative curves, cholera wheels and match ages, cell secondary and a vignette. Let's start from the top basic correction to enable basic direction. Make sure you select the clip that you want to color. Correct. In my case, this is the clip. Just two guys sitting and looking at the laptop. First thing you can do in the basic direction top is you can change the white balance. You can make your video cooler warmer, or you can change that sense of your video. For example, if you shot a video and then you notice that the white balance is off, for example, it's to work. You can make it normal again just by dragging this leather. Also, Premiere Pro can fix the white balance automatically for you. So, for example, you shot a video and then you notice that it's too cool. Premier can help you fix that. Just click on the selector to, and then you have to find something that you know it's white for sure. For example, I know that the doorframe is white, so I just have to click here and from year will fix the white balance automatically for you . All right, the next thing you can do in basic direction top is you can change the exposure of the video. So if you dragged us, lie there to the right you will make the whole video brighter. If you drag it to the left, you will make the whole video darker. If you want to reset the parameter here, you can just type zero. You can drag it back to zero, or you can just double click anywhere on the line, and it will reset automatically. You can also increase or decrease the contrast of your video. Let me just make the window a little bit bigger. So here is the increase contrast. And here's the decreased. You can also play around with highlights shadows, whites and blacks. Basically, highlights are the Breitbart's of your image. Shadows are the dark parts of her image. Whites are the brightest parts, and blacks are the darkest parts, like this wool right here. So if I just highlights, you can see that, for example, the table. The laptop brightness is changing than the shadows. Everything that's dark changes. If I just whites, the window mainly will be affected. And if I just blacks, the darkest parts of the image will be affected, like the wool, their bands right here. So have a look. See how the wall becomes black and one more very useful thing you can do here is you can increase where decrease your saturation so you can make your video black and white. Or you can make it very vivid. I'm gonna just the saturation so that their skin looks natural. So here's the original skin tone, and I'm gonna make it just a little bit more saturated like that. So 114. And also what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna decrease the shadows just a bit because right now, the video is a little bit flat, in my opinion, So I'm gonna decrease it to minus 30 and I'm gonna decrease whites so that nothing is overexposed. And here's the before and after our adjustments. 3. "Creative" tab + FREE GIFT: Let's move on to the next top creative. You can scroll through different color presets here and choose the one you like and apply it to your video. If you feel lazy to color, correct yourself. You can also change the intensity of the color precept, make it stronger or decrease its intensity. You can also use your own color preset or another name for color. Preset is lot, which stands for a look up table. So if you click this arrow here, then go to browse, then find the look up table that you found on the Internet or made yourself. You can select it click open and it's gonna be applied to your video. But we're not going to use any color presets for this video, so I'm just going to select none. You can add faded film effects your video to create this vintage look. So what it does, it basically wishes out the shadows off the video. So here's the before and after some people like this. Look, some people don't. I prefer to keep my shadows clean, so I almost never use faded film effect. You can also sharpen your video, but be very careful with sharpening because it can make your video look very unnatural. So here's before. After before, after, I almost never use sharpening because I prefer the natural. Look off my videos. You can make your video mawr or less vibrant and again you can increase or decrease your situation. We also have to color wheels here. The first color will is responsible for shadow tent. So if I just drag it down to to the green color, my shadows will become greenish on. For example, if I drag, highlight, tend to orange. My highlights will become orange, so you can create quite interesting looks. If you feel that it's your style again to reset the color wheels, you just have to double click on them. 4. Color correcting with "Curves": Let's move on to the next step. Let's close creative and open curves. This is a very useful, important and very powerful tap. It may look complicated, but it's actually not. Let's start with RGB curves, which are responsible for Lumet Channel, which control brightness, Red Channel, Green Channel and Blue Channel. First, I'm going to select Loomer Channel and create three points on the line. The very bottom point is going to be responsible for shadows, so if I drag it down, you will see that the shadows become darker. If I lifted up, you will see that the shadows become brighter. The middle point is responsible for mitt zones, so everything that's between highlights and shadows and the very top point is responsible for highlights. So if I lifted up, you will see that the highlights become brother. You can create as many points on the line as you need. So, for example, I can create one point and play around with it. I can move it to the shadow area so that the shadows are affected more or I could move into the highlight area so that the highlights are affected more. Let's go to the red channel and understand how it works again. I'm gonna create three points here in the middle, on the bottom, on on the top. The bottom point is going to affect shadows. So if I drag it down, our shadows become greenish. If I lifted up, our shadows become red. If I lift up, that's a point. Our highlights were become red. If I drag it down, the highlights will become green. Same with me. Tones lets reset the curve by double clicking on it. So let's go to the green and blue channels and play around with the curve to create an interesting look. I'm going to create two points here in the shadow area and in the highlights area. Then I'm going to drag down the point in the shadow area on Lift up the point in the highlights area. So this is the before after before, after, let's go to the Blue Channel and create a point in the mid Stones area. Then I can live the point up to make the video core or drag it down to make it a bit warmer . I'm gonna drag it down and leave it just like that. So just like that you can create this interest in Luke with RG beakers, So let's have a look at the results. So here's the before and after before. After lets reset the RGB curves by double clicking and then we go move on. Here we have Hugh versus Saturation. Kurt, basically, which you can do here is you can increase or decrease the saturation off a certain color. For example, I want to increase the saturation off the guy's blue jacket. So what I need to do is I need to create three points so that the middle point matches the color off the guy's jacket. Now, if I lived the middle point up, you will see that the jacket becomes way more saturated. So here's before, after before after, or I can decrease it completely before After. Now, let's suppose that we want to increase the saturation off their faces. Their faces have red color, so let me just find red color here, create three points 12 on the third point in the middle point should be on color red, and then I can lift it up to increase the saturation off their faces or I can reduce it. Premier has an option to say, like the exact color that you need. So Leymarie said, the curve by double clicking. So now I just have to choose this selector tool right here and then click anywhere on the guy's jacket and premier will automatically create three points that I can adjust. Leymarie said that on Let's move on to the next curve. Here you can see Hugh versus Hyuk ER, which is one of my favorite tools when it comes to color grading, because I can change any color to any color, just like before. I'm gonna create three points to change the Blue Jackets. Color now is a move. The middle point, the color of the jacket who change. Let's make it in green. So here's the before and after before. After, let's move on to the next curve. Hugh versus Louima. With this curve, you can make any color brighter or darker, so let me just choose the selector tool. Then I'm gonna click on the guy's skin, and I can make the skin brother or darker. I can do the same with the jacket. Just choose this elector to again. Click on the jacket, and I can make a dark or bright. Let me reset everything and let's move on to Louima versus saturation curve with bloom A versus saturation curve. You can basically increase or decrease the saturation off the shadows or the highlights on your video. So, for example, if I go to RGB, Curves said, like Blue Channel on and lived the shadows up so that the shadows become blue like that and then go back to aluminum versus saturation curve. I can create two points here like that and dragged the left point down to reduce their saturation off the shadows. So basically, the left side off limit versus saturation curve is responsible for shadows, and the right side is responsible for highlights. So the higher the line goes, the more saturated the highlights will be or the less saturated the highlights will be. Same applies to shadows. So if I lift this point up, you will see that the shadows become more and more blue lender. We said that, Then go back and reset the Argie bigger and let's move on to the lost curve here, saturation versus saturation. Personally, I never used this curve, but you may find it useful so let me explain you how it works. First, I need to go to basic direction top again and increase the saturation off the video to, for example, 300 make the video, like, really, really saturated. Then go back to curves, find saturation versus saturation curve and let's see what we can do here. So the left side of the curve is responsible for the parts of the video that are least saturated, and the right part of the curve is responsible for the parts of the video that are most saturated. So if I create two points here, drag this point down and drag the right point up, you will see that on Lee. The most saturated parts remained saturated. Everything else became de saturated. Like I said before, I never used this curve because I just don't find it useful. But anyway, now you know how to work with it. So let's reset everything we've just done. Just double click here, then go to basic corrections up again and set our saturation back to 114. And let's move on to the next top color wheels and match 5. Color Wheels: In this step, you can add color to shadows, mid tones and highlights off your video. So, for example, I can make my shadows a little bit core and make the highlights a little bit warmer. So here's before, after which you can also do is you can decrease or increase the brightness off your shadows , your mid zones and your highlights. Lets reset everything by double clicking. 6. Get the "Hollywood look": and let's move on to hs l secondary tap, where we're going to create the famous T one orange Luke, which is often used in big budget movies. So I'm gonna choose the selector to right here and click on the actor's face event. I need to take this box right here to see our selection. To improve this election. I'm gonna choose the second selector to with a little plus icon and improve our selection by adding some more skin tones. After we successfully selected the skin tones, we need to Dean Oise our selection and add some blur. Then let's invert damask. And until this box here we isolated the skin tones, and any changes we're going to make now are not going to affect the skin. Let's click on this three wheel I can hear so that we have control over shadows, midsentence and highlights. I usually don't make any changes to highlights or shadows because I don't like when shadows or highlights have any color. So we're gonna add the teal color to the mid zones on Lee. Let's just drag it towards that seal cover, and now you can see that we've just created That's you and orange look. So here's the before and after before. After you can also change the temperature off everything, get barred from the skin tones, change the tent at or reduce contrast, sharpened and at, or reduce saturation. 7. Add Vignette: the last step we have in low metric over Bano is been yet you can add some been eating to the corners off your video. I usually never used vignettes ing because I don't think it looks professional. 8. Bonus TIPS + Conclusion: we've created this awesome look and I'm gonna teach you how to apply the same color grade to a different clip so that you don't have to do everything manually again. So all you have to do is select the clip that you just graded. Then go to effect controls select blue metric our and breast control C on your keyboard. Then select the clip that you want to great and press control V to baste the color. Great. So now we have a consistent look across both clips and now I'm gonna show you how to make your life 10 times easier. When it comes to color grading, just go with your project Tap click New item, select adjustment layer, click OK and dragged adjustment layer above your clips and make it longer. Basically, any changes that I'm going to make now to the adjustment layer are going to affect the clips that are underneath the adjustment layer. So I'm going to select it and then, for example, reduced its exposure and you can see as I changed exposure to the adjustment layer, the video becomes darker. Also, this video became darker as well, because it is located underneath the adjustment layer as well. So this is a very easy and fast wait to color. Great all of your videos again. Any changes we make are going to affect the clips that are underneath. If I change the temperature, both groups are going to be affected. If I increase the saturation, both clips are going to be affected as well. Let's add two more clips to our timeline and apply that Zeeland orange look to them. So these are the new clips that we've just added and let's make them to you in Orange. I'm just gonna drag the adjustment layer above the new clips. Make it longer, then I'm going to select. That's even orange Look from one of the clips, so select the clip. Go to effect controls. Select blue metric, our press control C on your keyboard. Then select the adjustment layer above the new clips and press control V on your keyboard to paste the T one orange Look. Boom. Just like that. In a couple of seconds, we can copy a coward. Great. Now I can make minor changes to the individual clips. So if I select the first clip, I can, for example, increase its highlights increase shadows just a bit and reduce saturation that I can do the same to the second clip. I just need to select the clip. Increase highlights, maybe reduce the shadows here just a bit and reduce saturation. Let's play them back. So here's the before and after before after. So as you can sell an adjustment layer is a very important and useful thing because you can color correct all your videos at once. Now you know everything in both color correcting and color grading in Premiere Pro. So go and apply that knowledge and techniques that I've just shown you to your videos and I'll see you later bye.