What it means to color correct and color grade.
Create your video color workflow.
Before you start color correction, it’s a good idea to calibrate your monitor so that it displays colors as accurately as possible. Once you’re confident in your monitor’s color settings, you can move into the color correction process using Adobe Premiere Pro.
The color correction process.
1. Edit all your clips at once.
Select a clip in your project and open the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro by clicking Color on the top menu. To apply edits to all your clips at once, click Source at the top of the Color panel so it turns blue.
2. Choose an Input LUT if necessary.
Lookup tables — or LUTs — are color correction presets designed for specific camera types or shooting conditions. Each camera has its own quirks, like shooting with a slightly green tint, and an LUT may have been created to correct for those quirks. You can download LUTs online and import them into Premiere Pro by clicking Browse under Input LUT. Or you can click Custom to create your own. All LUTs apply at 100%.
3. Set your white balance.
Next, tweak your basic color settings one by one by opening the Basic Correction tab. Set your white balance by manually shifting the Temperature and Tint sliders. Or use the WB Selector eyedropper to tap on something that should be true white in your footage. If you have a test shot of a white sheet of paper, this is the time to use it.
4. Get highlights and shadows in order.
Play with your Tone settings to get highlights and shadows just right. Use sliders to fix issues with exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, white levels, and black levels.
5. Tweak Creative settings.
Under the Creative tab, you can adjust things like sharpness, vibrance, saturation, and luminance. Use the color wheels to add a shadow tint or a highlight tint. Or add a Look to apply an overall filter to your footage. Looks are similar to LUTs, except they aren’t stuck at 100% — you can adjust the intensity using the slider.
6. Check colors clip by clip.
After applying your edits to your entire project, click through to ensure that the colors in each of your individual clips are set how you’d like them. Make individual adjustments to each clip if necessary.
7. Fine-tune important hues.
Use Curves adjustments to tweak skin tones and other important hues. Adjust whites, reds, greens, and blues individually. If skin tones are looking too red, pull down your red curve a bit. Use the Color Wheels tools to adjust the tone and hues of your midtones, shadows, and highlights individually.
Tips for working with color.
Try the Color Match tool.
Use the Color Match function under Color Wheels & Match to automatically match the color and light appearance of two different clips. Place your playhead on the clip you want to change, click Comparison View, and then select your reference frame. After your clips are analyzed, hit Match to see an instant adjustment.
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